BACKPACKING ESSENTIALS

A well researched and field-tested checklist for backpacking

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TENT

REI Co-op Passage 2

Light, affordable two-person tent that will keep you dry in the harshest of conditions.

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PACK

Osprey Atmos AG 65

Comfortable men's pack that will hold all your stuff and then some.

SLEEPING BAG

Big Agnes Lost Dog 15

Comfortable, light, packable, spacious, cozy and warm. It also has a sleeve that attaches to your pad like a fitted bedsheet to keep you centered on your pad all night long.

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SLEEPING PAD

Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SLX

It's quiet, light, tough, toasty, packable and easy to inflate/delfate. Good for 3-season comfort in the backcountry. Klymit Static lower cost alternative.

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WATER PURIFIER

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Super lightweight and packable. Can use with any water bottle or a Cnoc Outdoors 3L bag, which makes for easier  and faster filtering.

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STOVE

AOTU Portable

Tiny and simple to use just pick up gas. For a nice to have, grab a windproof torch lighter to go with it.

HEADLAMP

Petzl Tikka

Headlamps are a commodity but make sure it has a red light to preserve your night vision and friendships with the people you camp with (shining red light in people's face is much better than white light).

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WATER RESERVOIR

CamelBak Crux 3L

I wouldn't go off brand, have seen them break/leak too many times and water is kind of important. Stick with CamelBak or Platypus.

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CLOTHING

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RAIN JACKET

REI Rainier

Comfortable, breathable (armpit zips are a must) and most importantly, waterproof!

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THERMALS TOP

REI Co-op Midweight

Uniqlo HEATTECH as a low cost alternative but not as durable and doesn't dry as quickly or wick sweat/moisture as well.

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FOOTWEAR

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BOOT

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid Aero

LOVE these boots. They are as solid as they come. Comfy, durable and built for any adventure!

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TRAIL RUNNER

HOKA ONE Torrent

LOVE these shoes. For a lighter shoe that is great for day hikes or those who want to shed oz for a longer trek.

TEVA

Teva Sandal

 

The only sandal ready for all adventures.

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SOCK

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Full

These are a classic, can't go wrong with any Darn Tough product.

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FOOD & FUN

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FOOD

Dehydrated Meals

Good-to-go

Favorite backpacking food, all of the flavors are great!

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HAMMOCK

Wise Owl

Durable, light, comfy and easy to throw up! Beats sitting on the ground.

GAMES

Monopoly Deal

Light, packable and hands down the best travel game. 

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COFFEE

Collapsible Drip

There is one thing you should never sacrifice on and that's coffee pour over.

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