What’s in my Backpack? (Summer Edition, 2012)

**A newer 2014 version of this post is available here **


Everyone packs their bags differently, and everyone has different definitions of what’s needed and not needed on the trail. This is a detailed list of what I normally carry on an 2-3 day backpacking trip.

REI Flash 62 Backpack

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent

North Face Allegheny synthetic sleeping bag (40 degree), or Big Agnes Lost Ranger down sleeping bag (15 degree)

Sea To Summit eVent dry compression stuff sack

Big Agnes Insulated Q Core SL sleeping pad

Big Agnes Air Core inflatable pillow

Snowpeak Gigapower Stove

GSI Minimalist Cookset

REI Campware Longspoon

Black Diamond Spot headlamp

Gear Aid Seam Grip field repair kit

Gerber Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade knife

50 feet of Paracord

Brunton 2090g Compass

Outdoor Recreation Group Ultimate Drysack (as food bag)

Medical Kit consisting of moleskin, liquid bandage spray, medical tape, ace bandage, band aids, Ibuprofen, tweezers, alcohol pads, antibiotic ointment, etc

Picaridin bug spray


Platypus 2 liter bottle, and 1 liter bottle

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter with backup katadyn water tablets.

Marmot Precip Rain Jacket

Columbia Rain Pants

Light My Fire Firestarter

Sometimes, I will also carry A Thermarest Z-seat, or Byers Easy Traveler Hammock if conditions are right.


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