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.