Backpacking Gear Guide

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Backpacking is perhaps the best way to experience nature and the outdoors in an incredibly intimate and immersive way. The opportunity to fully escape the urban landscape and vices of the modern world is enjoyed by millions each year all over the world, anywhere from the meadows, trees, and peaks of Yosemite National Park, to the winding paths and snowy ascents of the Himalayas in Nepal.

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While backpacking is the most natural way to enjoy all that nature has to offer, it can often be very demanding. The act of leaving behind your daily comforts and conveniences for a life in the wilderness does require a certain degree of knowledge and skill, as well as a full array of gear.

Backpacking involves carrying all of your essentials with you everywhere you go, and making a new home each night before the next trek. This is where your gear comes into play.

Why Backpacking Gear Matters

When it comes to backpacking, the gear you bring along is just as important as your knowledge of the outdoors and navigational skills. Sure, you are more than welcome to bring along whatever you’d like, but choosing the right gear and the right features will make a huge difference in how your trip goes.

Backpacking Equipment on Table

Bring too little or the wrong gear, and you may find yourself in some precarious situations without the adequate tools and items to deal with it. Bring too much gear, and you may find yourself tiring out halfway through the day because of an excess load. Balance is crucial, as is being properly prepared for your conditions.

Traveling Light

Backpacking requires a large amount of gear, so traveling light is a high priority. The gear made for backpacking often resembles conventional camping gear, but is often smaller, more compactible, and definitely lighter. This allows you to carry more items in your backpack, while also keeping weight at an acceptable level.

Woman Walking with Backpack

The reasons for keeping your backpack weight low aren’t just for comfort. The lower your pack weight, the less energy you'll expend on the trail, allowing you to move fast and for longer periods of time. Lower pack weight is also easier on your body, especially your legs and feet.

Keeping your pack weight down should always be a high priority, but not at the expense of using mediocre gear, or not bringing enough in the first place. Be sure to aim for a balance.

Backpacking Backpacks

As the heart and soul of your backpacking gear inventory, the backpacking backpack is the means of which you'll be carrying all of your items during your trip. This makes it worthy of plenty of attention when choosing the one that’s right for you.

Putting Gear in Backpack

Your backpack should be spacious, lightweight, and comfortable. This is something you will have on your back for hours on end each day, after all. Capacity is often one of the biggest qualities to consider, followed by weight,and any additional features.

Types of Backpacking Backpacks

Although many backpacking backpacks differ greatly, there are only really three basic types to choose from.

Daypack

You’ll rarely see someone with a daypack on an extended trip, unless they are some kind of survival genius. Daypacks are what their name implies -- only for a day. These backpacks are the size of a normal backpack, and only have room for a limited amount of gear.

Wearing Daypack on Backs

These packs are generally used on day hikes, and maybe an overnight trip at most. They can hold food, water, some tools, a change of clothes, and maybe a backpacking tarp or compactible sleeping bag.

Some ultralight backpackers may choose to opt for large daypack if they are venturing out into milder weather, but again, not likely.

Internal Frame Backpack

Internal frame backpacks use a frame system, but the frame itself is contained inside the backpack. The frame is used to give the bag better stability, durability, and a more even weight distribution, while also letting it keep its shape when fully loaded.

Wearing Internal Frame Backpack

The frame can constructed from many different materials, such as aluminum, plastic frame sheets, and more. Many of the better-quality internal frame backpacks have a mesh backing, making it soft and more breathable on your back.

External Frame Backpack

These are the backpacks that often come to mind for many when they first picture a backpacking backpack. With these, the frame is on the outside, with the bag attached in various places. This gives it extra sturdiness and more space to neatly hold a wide range of gear.

External frame backpacks often extend a few inches away from your back, allowing better breathability. Thy can also extend quite high and well past your head, making them less suitable for more difficult terrain. While the frame get in the way at times, it does give you some more options for attaching gear like sleeping pads and trekking poles.

External Frame Backpack on White Background

Loading a Backpacking Backpack

The way you load your backpack is an essential aspect of its use. Backpacks that are loaded correctly ensure a more comfortable and energy efficient trip by distributing the weight properly. It also gives you access to the items you may need in a hurry while out on your trek.

Here’s some quick guidelines to follow when loading your backpack.

  • Keep any bedding and extra clothing at the bottom. You won’t be needing them until you've set up camp at the end of the day.
  • Put your heavier items and less-used tools and food bags low and towards the back of the bag for better weight balance. Tent poles and trekking poles can be strapped in each side of the backpack. Put light jackets and raingear in your side pockets.
  • Use the top compartment area, backpack lid, and any external pockets for small items such as snacks, maps, bug spray, and anything else you might need in an instant.

Backpacking Boots

No matter what type of terrain you encounter on a backpacking trip, your feet always bear the brunt of every single inch. Rocks, streams, hills, mud -- all of this takes a toll on your feet, especially when considering the fact that you are carrying anywhere from 30-50lbs of gear on your back, further adding to the stress.

Backpacking Boots on Table

Taking care of your feet is paramount in ensuring a safe and enjoyable backpacking experience. Using the wrong footwear can result in blisters, bruises, and sprains. Backpacking boots give you the support, cushioning, and stability you need to successfully tackle all the terrain that comes your way.

Backpacking boots are designed differently from regular shoes, and even hiking boots, who may share similarities, but have vastly different applications. Here are a few of the main aspects that go into making a quality pair of backpacking boots.

Traction/Soles

Tracton is crucial when navigating the backcountry. Backpacking boots usually have a stiff mid-sole with a minimal amount of flex. This helps provide stability in treacherous areas, while also relying on the boot’s traction/tread profile.

Wearing Traction Boots

Rubber is a common outersole material for backpacking boots, but it’s much stiffer than a conventional shoe’s outersole. The lug pattern of the outersole is usually blocky and extended, helping provide stability and traction on large rocks, tree roots, and uneven terrain.

Outer

Backpacking boots are engineered for traversing over water and streams. This requires a solid, ventless waterproof outer, which is almost always made with full-grain leather. This cuts down on your foot’s ability to breathe, which can be offset by wearing moisture-wicking socks and using Gore-Tex liners.

Ankle Support

Backpacking boots have outstanding ankle support, and for good reason. The added stability can reduce stress on your feet and legs overall, heping bare some of the weight. The boots’ ankle support is also helpful in protecting you during slips and falls. A twisted or sprained ankle could spell disaster when you’re 30 miles deep into a forest.

Wearing Outer Boots

Tips for Backpacking Boots

  • Are you expecting very little water, if any? You may want to opt for a more breathable boot choice that isn’t so gung-ho about waterproofing.
  • Never try to pass off other types of boot as backpacking boots. This includes hiking boots. You feet will hate you later, as will your back and legs.
  • Be sure to break in your boots before a big trip. Spend lots of time wearing them around the house, on walks around the block, etc.
  • Never settle when it comes to fit. If your boots don’t fit right, don’t try to rig them or try a quick fix. You are asking for blisters and other problems down the road. Take the boots back and get a different size. Always.

Backpacking Sleeping Bags

Having a cozy and comfortable sleeping bag to doze off in each night is vital to ensuring that you get good sleep that can both keep your immune system up and replenish your energy. You’re putting your body through quite a bit during a backpacking trip, so you need to let it rest up as best you can.

Man Adjusting Sleeping Bag

Backpacking sleeping bags are often quite different from a standard camping sleeping bag. They tend to have much better insulation and heat retention, along with the ability to dump heat if you have too much. Perhaps most importantly, they are lightweight, and easily collapsed down to a small size.

Backpacking sleeping bags can come in different shapes and sizes, and with numerous features, but there are three main types they can be classified in.

Single

Easily the most used backpacking sleeping bag, single sleeping bags have room for one person only. The are often tight in their fit, to both save space and weight, while also retaining heat better.

One Person Sleeping Bag

Double

Double backpacking sleeping bags can hold two and sometimes more occupants. These sleeping bags tend to be very plush, with extra insulation and thick outer shells. This essentially doubles your bag size and weight, however.

Ultralight

Ultralight backpacking are the lightest sleeping bags, and are usually made with less material. They also fall on the thinner side of things, making them more suitable for warmer times of year.

Backpacking sleeping bags can certainly vary from mode to model, but there are some core aspects they all share that can help you determine your buying decision.

Couple Laying in Double Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag Classifications

Temperature Rating

Temperature ratings are used to identify what time of year or what climate your sleeping bag is best suited for.

  • Summer - Thinner and cooler, appropriate for 32°F weather and up.
  • Winter - Thicker and much more insulated, suitable for 10°F and lower.
  • 3+ Season - 10°F to 32°F.

Insulation

A sleeping bag’s Insulation is the material used inside to retain heat and provide cushioning.

Multiple Layer Sleeping Bag
  • Down - Down insulation is made from feathers of ducks and geese. Down is good at trapping heat, while also compacting to a smaller size much easier than other insulation types.
  • Synthetic - Synthetic insulation is also nonallergenic, and offers a moderate amount of heat trapping. It performs better in wet and damp conditions.

Additional Features

Hood - Many backpacking sleeping bags have a drawstring hood that can either be used to insulate your face, or stuff with clothing and used as a pillow.

  • Stash Pocket - Pockets located in various places on a sleeping bag, allowing for storage of essential items you might be fearful of misplacing.
  • Trapezoidal Footbox - These footboxes give your feet more vertical space at the end of the bag, allowing you to lay on your back while pointing your feet upwards.

Backpacking Tents

Tents are easily one of the most used and utilized gear items in regards to backpacking. It’s easy to see why -- they give you a way of having a transportable shelter that can be set up relatively quickly, giving you refuge from the elements, as well as anything walking or crawling along the ground.

Backpacking Tent on Grass

Backpacking tents are still tents in essence, but they are vastly different from the ones you may be more familiar with from leisurely camping. They are often very small, very thin and lightweight, and can compact to a size that is sometimes not much bigger than your fist.

Here are the four main factors that should be considered when deciding on the tent that’s right for your backpacking needs.

Capacity

This refers to the amount of sleepers you plan on accommodating each night in the tent. The vast majority of backpacking tents available are for a single occupant, but there are plenty of double occupant and even triple occupant models available.

Woman Sitting in One Person Tent

Capacity shouldn’t be confused with space, however. A tent may accommodate three people, but it will still most likely have a low ceiling, and be very cramped in general.

Seasonality

A tent’s seasonality refers to the type of climate or weather that it’s best used for. This is in relation to the construction and design of the tent, as well as the materials themselves. While you can definitely use whatever tent you’d like, sticking with the appropriate tent seasonality can not only be more comfortable, but safe as well.

3-Season

These tents are lighter, and more suitable for temperate climates and seasons during spring, summer, and fall. 3-season tents aren’t designed for severe weather conditions, but they can withstand light snow and downpours when used in conjunction with a rainfly or tarp.

3 Season Tent on Grass

3-season tents often have an abundance of mesh for better airflow and insect protection, along with a bit more headroom and less tent poles.

Extended Season

These tents are good for warm weather use, but they can also be used in cooler locations that may have snow or higher wind chills when the sun goes down. Extended season tents give you a feel that is quite similar to a 3-season tent, but they usually have a lower amount of mesh, and slightly thicker material for heat retention.

4-Season (Mountaineering)

Designed for colder weather and snow, 4-season tents are much thicker and sturdier than their counterparts. They have barely any ventilation due to the need of better heat retention. Using one of these in the spring or summer may prove to be a bit stuffy and hot.

4 Season Tent on Snow

4-season tents usually include more tent poles, rounded domes to withstand snow accumulation, and rainflys that extend all the way to the ground.

Weight

If you’re looking to trim as much weight off your load as possible, the weight on the tent can make a big difference. Some of the better quality tents are strong, sturdy, and durable, and accomplish this with material that is less dense, and easy to compact.

Livability

A tent’ livability refers to the level of comfort and any added features that makes your tent a more endearing place to spend some time in if need be, as well as any increased versatility.

Inside of Pop Up Tent

Some of the common features that affects a tent’s livability include things such as the height of the tent, any extra doors, storage compartments, ventilation options, and even the color of the tent itself.

Backpacking Hammock

If you think that hammocks are only for lounging on a front porch or a backyard, you’re missing out. Backpacking hammocks are one of the more versatile gear items you can bring along on your excursion, and there’s plenty of reasons why.

In fact, many now prefer to use backpacking hammocks in place of a tent. Others bring both, and choose one each night depending on their surroundings. Tree-heavy hikes are the most conducive to hammock use.

Laying in Hammock

What Are Hammocks Good For

Lowering Backpack Weight

Backpacking tents are lighter than their conventional counterparts, but they still tend to weigh your pack down, especially when you throw in the stakes, rainflys, and any other parts. Hammocks can weigh substantially less, and take up even less space.

Better Comfort

Backpacking tents aren’t known for being very spacious, and that can be fairly bothersome to more than a few backpackers. Sleeping in a hammock lets you experience the open air, with no close in roof three feet from your face.

Man Reading Book in Hammock

Tents also depend on the ground for their overall comfort levels. If you are forced to pitch on rocky terrain or uneven ground, you’re going to feel it in your sleep. Hammocks have no such issue.

Customization

Hammocks give you more versatility when it comes to creating a custom setup. Pitch a tarp over your hammock for privacy and protection from the wind, or attach a mosquito net to keep out bugs while still taking in the pristine views.

Types of Backpacking Hammocks

There really isn’t all that much variation with backpacking hammocks. The types revolve around the capacity and overall weight and thickness of the hammock.

Woman Laying in Single Hammock

Single hammocks can accommodate one camper, while doubles obviously accommodate two, though not necessarily for sleeping purposes.

Ultralight backpacking hammocks are very thin and a bit smaller, often trimming the overall weight to under 1 lb. Backcountry backpacking hammocks are usually heavier, thicker, and come with additional features such as a mosquito net and built-in covers.

Additional Backpacking Hammock Gear

Hammock Stand

If you are going to be backpacking above tree lines, in national parks that prohibit using trees to hang hammocks, or an area with sparse trees, a hammock stand is your only hanging option.

Woman Laying on Hammock

These stands collapse similar to backpacking chairs, and can be attached to the outside of your backpack.

Tree Straps

Tree straps are the most common way to hang a hammock. These straps allow you to easily adjust the tension and height of your hammock, while also protecting the tree itself.

Tarp

Backpacking hammock enthusiasts almost always have a tarp on hand to use with it. Tarps can be used to form a shelter over the hammock, protecting you from rain and wind, similar to a tent. Tarps can also be used to block wind from one side.

Tarp Shelter

Tent or Hammock

Don’t feel like you have to pick either a tent or a hammock. Both of them have their advantages, and as we mentioned earlier, there are countless backpackers that choose to bring both on their trip. This can allow you to ease into it over time, and get comfortable setting up and sleeping in one as you go along.

Backpacking Tarps

Although a backpacking tarp is one of the more primitive and simple pieces of gear to bring on a backpacking trip, it is also the most versatile item in your pack. These tarps have seemingly endless uses, and can be used in conjunction with most of your gear.

A backpacking tarp is a more heavy-duty incarnation of a basic camping tarp. Like tents, nylon and polyester are the materials of choice. These tarps often come in some variation of a square shape, and feature guylines, grommets, and loopholes that allow you to set them up in any number of ways.

The tarp can be staked to the ground like a tent, suspended in the air with ropes like a hammock, or used to cover gear during rain and snow. Whatever work for you.

Why Use a Backpacking Tarp

There are numerous answers to this question. Price is one main factor, as backpacking tarps are almost always cheaper than a tent or even hammock. They also weigh hardly anything at all, making them a great choice for experienced ultralight backpackers.

Man Using Tarp For Shelter

Versatility is the biggest factor of them all. These tarps can be used for almost anything, and creative backpackers can figure out several different ways to make their lives easier when immersed in nature.

Some Common Tarp Uses

  • Makeshift Shelter - If you can rig a tarp to protect you from the elements, you’ve made shelter. This can be as simple as pitching one like a tent, or tethering one flap over your head during a rainstorm.
  • Tent Cover - Sometimes a rainfly isn’t enough, or maybe you aren’t a fan of your rainfly. Staking a tarp over your tent can provide substantial protection from wind, rain, and snow.
  • Wind Blocker - If the wind is really coming in strong from one direction and affecting your tent or hammock, spread the tarp out and set up sideways to create a wind block
  • Gear Cover - Simply throw over your gear when not in use.
  • Cooking Shelter - Cooking in the wind or rain is no fun. Stretching a tarp overhead can make for an effective cooking shelter.
  • Breaktime Shelter - If your party is in need of a break from your trek, and you're being pounded by either sun or rain, pull your tarp out and set up overhead for an instant breaktime shelter.

Backpacking Food

Hey, you need to eat when you’re in the wilderness, right? Obviously, you can’t just go and bring an entire cupboard's worth of food with you, nor can you even bring along many of the camping kitchen items that you could use at a stationary camping spot.

Backpacking Ingrediants on Table

Backpacking food is a whole different genre in and of itself, and it has many restrictions and aspects that you will need to work around to ensure that you carry a supply of food that is not only nutritious for you, but tastes great as well.

With some strategic planning, and a little imagination, you can ensure that you have a well-rounded food supply that is easy to make without weighing you down

How Much Should I Bring

As with anything else during backpacking, weight and space is always paramount when determining what to bring along.

Backpacking Food in Bag

A standard food amount is 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. (2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person, per day. It is worth noting that this number can fluctuate slightly depending on your size, weight, and fitness level. While packing light is always the goal with backpacking, it’s always best to fall on the side of bringing extra food along in case.

Other Aspects to Keep in Mind

There are a few things you need to consider when planning your meals and snacks for a backpacking trip.

  • Aim for High Calories - High calories in backpacking food is a good thing, so do your best to make sure that your meals have plenty of it. You are burning lots of calories during your trek each day, so you need to be able to replace it.
Backpacking Food on Table
  • Don’t Neglect Nutrition - You obviously aren't going to be able to have a super-healthy, well-rounded meal plan every day in the wilderness, but that doesn't mean you can’t try. Foods with lots of protein and complex carbohydrates are your best bets.
  • How is Your Access to Water? - Dehydrated meal packs and and instant foods require water to prepare. If water is scarce on your route, try to avoid them.
  • Do You Have Enough Fuel? - Similar to water, make sure that your fuel supply matches your amount of food that needs heat to cook.
  • Is Your Food Easy to Make? - You’re likely not going to want to spend a lot of time preparing your food, whether you’re stopping for a lunch break, or making dinner after you’ve set up camp.

Backpacking Food Staples

Here’s a quick list of some of the more time-tested and popular backpacking foods that are easy to make and/or consume, aor add to other foods. These foods also have high caloric value and nutritional value.

Peanut Butter on Spoon

Many of these can be both meals and snacks:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Beef Jerky
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Fruit
  • Honey
  • Nuts
  • Granola Bars
  • Crackers
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Spices
  • Multivitamins

Freeze-Dried/Dehydrated Foods

Opting for pre-made backpacking food can often be a very convenient choice that barely adds any weight to your pack. Manty of these freeze-dried or dehydrated choices only require a little water to cook or reconstitute, and you can eat them out of the bag, which saves on dishes as well.

Backpacking Cookware

Unless you’re planning on eating raw or packaged foods every day on your trip, backpacking cookware is essential in helping you properly prepare your food. As with all other backpacking gear, backpacking cookware should be as light as possible, while taking up a very small amount of space.

Backpacking Cookware on Ground

You may be tempted to just bring along your favorite small pot or pan and a few utensils, but it’s always best to be prepared and use the right gear. You’ll be glad you did.

Backpacking cookware is not only lighter, it often comes in sets that can be compacted down, with all of the smaller pieces fitting into the biggest piece of the set. You’d be surprised at how small some of these sets can get. Folding handles, puzzle piece-like design, detachable parts -- all of these aspects work together to create a compact set that travels easy.

This is also a big reason as to why you should opt for a complete set rather than assembling your own set with individual products.

Popular Backpacking Cookware Materials

  • Stainless Steel - Tough, very scratch-resistant. A little on the heavy side.
  • Aluminum - Light, light, great heat conduction, low chance of scorching. Does tend to dent easily.
  • Hard-Anodized Aluminium - A tougher form of aluminum, with better scratch resistance as well. Plastic - Inexpensive, lightweight, non-abrasive. Not very durable, can sometimes trap smells when not ventilated after use.
  • Nonstick Coatings - Fast cleanup, lower chance of burning food. Does tend to scratch easily.

Other Aspects to Keep in Mind

Be sure to consider these aspects when deciding on a cookware set that is best suited to your anticipated uses for it.

  • Pot size - If you’re cooking for more than just yourself, be sure that you have a pot big enough. 1 pint per person eating is a good rule of thumb.
  • Number of pots - If you wish to cook some more elaborate meals, make sure you have the pots to do it with.
  • Lids - These can help food cook faster by trapping heat in, and also prevent messes and splatters.
  • Pot lifters or grippers - Backpacking pots tend to get very hot, even with supposedly cool-to-the-touch handles. Always keep a pot handler or rag around just in case.
  • Extra Items - If you don't want to drink out of the same mug for everything, or if you want to use towels, plates, and other un-essential items, be sure to seek some out that are light and compact.

Don’t Forget Utensils

Unless you feel like eating with your hand like a caveman, ,make sure you pack a good solid sport. A spork with a serrated edge is even better, giving you a true 3-in-1 eating utensil.

Other Important Gear Items

These aren’t necessarily considered essential, but they might can definitely make your trip a little easier - and even safer.

Backpacking Stove

You obviously can’t bring along your trust Coleman camping stove from your childhood, but you can purchase mini stove burners that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Etekcity Backpacking Camping Stove on Rock

These stoves attach to butane and propane canisters to give you an extra-hot flame that can sometimes heat up a pot of water in a matter of minutes. Backpacking stoves truly provide a way to set up a portable kitchen of sorts, which you can use to cook multiple dishes, or simply boil water.

Backpacking Chair

Hey, sometimes it’s nice to have your own seat when you’re walking through the wilderness for 8-12 hours a day.

Woman Holding ONWEGO Lighweight Chair

Backpacking chairs are light, fold up to a very small size, and can often attach to the back of your backpack. This gives you a quick and easy way to take a load off without having to go search for that perfect rot or ground spot to kick back on. This is especially handy when stopping for a quick break mid-day.

Backpacking Water Filter

Your personal water supply is the most important thing you can bring with you on a backpacking trip. Unfortunately, you run out eventually, leaving you to depend on any locals, or hope to find a crystal-clear like or river -- and even then you’re at risk of getting sick.

Man Filtering Water with Katadyn Water Filter

Backpacking water filters posses the ability to take water from a natural source, and pass it through several filters and right into your cup where it’s safe to drink. This turns any water supply into an endless drinking supply, while also saving you from having to carry lots of treatment tablets, or spend hours boiling water every day.

Backpacking Pillow

Who says you have to rough it on a backpacking trip? There are still lots of things you can bring along for added comfort. One of those things is a backpacking pillow.

These handy pillows can easily be inflated from their compact state, and usually come with an ultra-soft cover that helps give your head better support and comfort resulting in a much better night’s sleep.

The Ten Backpacking Essentials

Wondering what the consensus backpacking gear list is for backpacking essentials? Perhaps you’re looking for a backpacking checklist? There are actually two answers to that. We’ll start with the older and more “classic” answer, according to the authoritative 8th edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (2001.)

  • Map
  • Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Extra clothing
  • Headlamp (or flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Firestarter
  • Matches
  • Knife
  • Extra food

In 2003, the list was modernized to take an approach that included “systems.”

  • Navigation - Topographic map and assorted maps in waterproof container plus a magnetic compass, optional altimeter or GPS receiver.
  • Sun protection - Sunglasses, sunscreen for lips and skin, hat, clothing for sun protection.
  • Insulation - Hat, gloves, jacket, extra clothing for coldest possible weather during current season.
  • Illumination - Headlamp, flashlight, batteries. LED bulb is preferred to extend battery life.
  • First-aid supplies - Plus insect repellent.
  • Fire - Butane lighter, matches in waterproof container.
  • Repair kit and tools - Knives, multi-tool, scissors, pliers, screwdriver, trowel.
  • Nutrition - Add extra food for one additional day (for emergency). Dry food is preferred to save weight and usually needs water./shovel, duct tape, cable ties.
  • Hydration - Add extra 2 liters of water for one additional day (for emergency).
  • Emergency shelter - Tarp, bivouac sack, space blanket, plastic tube tent, jumbo trash bags, insulated sleeping pad.

Gear Matters

Now you should have the proper knowledge of backpacking gear basics, and all that’s left at this point is to actually plan your trip. We’ve got plenty of resources that can help guide you along in that as well, along with a wide range of gear reviews that can help you make an informed buying decision.

Happy trails!

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