This is a pack list of the backpacking essentials - only the items needed to enjoy your time in the backcountry safely.
You always forget one item every trip. Or you spend hours meticulously sorting gear to ensure you have everything you need. Or you have no clue where to begin.
No worries. We'll make sure you pack what you need and don't waste time doing it.
We cut the fluff and keep it light. Note there are some scattered optional items to consider bringing. Open the Google Doc for a one-page printable PDF version.
Related: Ultralight Gear Guide
2. Food and Water
|Cup (~750ml)||Food (~2 lbs per day) 31 Food Ideas|
|Spork||Water (carry 1L minimum at all times)|
|Stove||Bottle (1L for Clean Water)|
|Fuel (Propane or Alcohol)||Bottle (1L for Dirty Water)|
|Lighter or Waterproof Matches||Filter or Purification Drops|
|Hand Sanitizer or Soap||(optional) Stuff Sack (~10L capacity)|
|Pack (~40-65L capacity)||Headlamp or Flashlight|
|Pack Liner or Pack Cover||(optional) Extra Batteries|
5. Sleep System
|Pillow (inflatable) or Lined Stuff Sack||Toothbrush|
|Sleeping Pad||Toilet Paper|
|(optional) Sleeping Bag Liner||Medicine/ Pain Reliever|
|Tent||Band Aids or Duct Tape|
|Fly/ Rain Tarp||Map or Navigation|
|(optional) Footprint/ Ground Cloth||Phone/ Camera|
10. (Optional Extras)
|Bottom Layers||Trekking Poles|
|Trail Runners or Boots|
By Chris Cage
Chris launched Greenbelly Meals in 2014 after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for 6 months. Since then, Greenbelly has been written up by everyone from Backpacker Magazine and Bicycling Magazine to Fast Company and Science Alert. He recently wrote How to Hike the Appalachian Trail and currently works from his laptop all over the globe.
650-calorie fuel in a ready-to-eat package.