Hey Everyone! Hope everyone is doing well this week. I am a gear guy. Let's face it I love gear. Whether its Photography gear which I have talked a lot about on this blog to backpacking and camping gear. This week I want to give you an idea of what I cary on a typical overnight backpacking trip that you would do on the weekend. Some backpackers would take more or less but I think this is a good representation of what a typical overnight load out would be. You can see what is in my pack by going to the Lighter Pack website link here. Im in the process of adding links to all of the items on the Lighter Pack website but haven't yet. In the process means I have thought about it. LOL I will give you a list of what's in my pack and a little description or why I use it below. My base weight which means all the stuff in my pack except food , water and fuel is in the summer about 12-13 lbs and in the winter about 14-16 lbs. These are pretty much dependent on what shelter I take if a tent it is lighter and a hammock its heaver. So here we go.
-Pack: My choice of pack right now is the Z-Pack's Arch Haul. This is about a 55 liter pack and maybe a little much for a overnight but its a great pack. There are many packs on the market and all of them have good points and bad. You just have to choose the one that is right for you.
-Shelter- This is where my pack varies the most. Depending where I go or what kind of trip I'm on will decide which shelter I use. Tent or Hammock. I prefer to sleep in a hammock but it is heaver and you do need trees to hang it. The hammock I use is a home made one that I got the Idea from the company that I get all of my material from . "Ripstop by the Roll" It has a zippered bug net attached to it and is very comfortable to sleep in. My tent that I use is the Z-Pack's Duplex a 2 person tent that only weighs about 11/2 lbs. I use it on longer trips and where the hammock would not be practical . Its a awesome tent and the Tent set up is about a pound lighter than the Hammock set up. If I use a hammock I also need a Tarp to go over it. I also made the one or should I say ones because I have made a few. Depending on the weather decides which tarp I will take. Bad weather or cold I take a tarp that has doors on it and in good weather I take one that doesn't have doors.
-Sleeping Pad- If I use my tent I use a Nemo-Tensor Insulated sleeping pad. It's the kind that you Blow up and is comfortable and will keep you warm on cold nights.
-Quilts- No these are not like your grandmothers quilts. These are made especially for Backpacking. I use a 20 degree Enlightened Equipment top quilt and it can be used for tents or hammocks. I could use it for summer use but the weight savings on a 50 degree Aegismax sleeping bag is too great for the summer time. It is an inexpensive Chinese made quilt that I got off of Alley express a Chinese Amazon. For my bottom quilt when I use a hammock in the summer I use a 40 degree home made quilt that I made. For the winter I use a 20 Hammock Gear Incubator quilt. It is awesome and very comfy cosy.
-Pillow- Yes a luxury item! I use a Trekology Blow up Pillow and a stuff sack with clothes in it if I need another. A good night sleep is essential after a long day of backpacking.
-Cooking/Water Filtration- I will just name these off of what is in my cook kit. My Pot a 750 Toaks titanium, stove BRS Ultralight canister stove. Long handled spoon Toaks titanium, Folding Toaks titanium fork, Knife Swiss Army Knife, GSI backpacking Cup (for Coffee!) I normally use a bear bag food storage which I use a Z-packs storage DCF bag. Sometimes I have to use a bear canister then I use a Bear Vault 450 a plastic canister that is suppose to be bear proof. My water filtration is done by a Sawyer Squeeze and a Cnock 2 liter bladder. I also use 1 liter and a 750ml water bottles for storage. The water bladder always is dirty water and I filter to one of the smart water bottles. Water filtration is the most important thing in the cooking system you must have clean drinking and cooking water.
-Clothing- Rain Coat this is an inexpensive Frogg Toggs, Puffy Jacket I always have a puffy jacket summer or winter you never know. Fleece beanie hat, gloves, a Buff which is a brand of neck gator, Socks Darn Tuff my favorite, underwear not cotton!, I use a stuff sack made by Z-Packs when turned inside out has a fleece side for a pillow. Very comfy.
-Toilet kit- Poop Kit which will include a trowel, a back country bidet I just started using instead of toilet paper, a few Wyse-Wipes which are small tablet looking things but when you add just a little water they become a moist towelette. (these must be packed out not buried ) and biodegradable soap.
-Toiletries-include a tooth brush and tooth paste ,hand sanitizer , If I use contacts some extra ones. This kit will be kept with the food not in my pack or tent at night so not to attract critters with the smell of the toothpaste.
-First Aid kit this kit will include everything from blister care to diarrhea prevent medicine to ibuprofen (vitamin I) Mosquito repellant , sun screen and almost everything you can think of. Try not to make this kit too big.
-Ditty Bag- This is where I have my ditty's! LOL Most of my electronic stuff goes here I have a 20000 mah battery that i use to charge everything . I have a rechargeable headlamp by Nightcore. All of my cords for recharging everything, A small fire starting kit and a kit that I can use to repair gear and earbuds.
-Extras-These are some things that I could probably do without but I want them with me. First is a Backpacking Umbrella. This umbrella is very lightweight and has a silver outer cover. It can be used for rain protection and sun protection if your in an exposed area. The one I have was made by Gossamer Gear. I also have a backpacking chair. Yes a chair. Nothing is better than sitting in a chair after a 10ish mile day. The support for your back is amazing! The one I have weighs about a pound and was made by REI. My last extra is a sit pad. This is a closed cell foam pad that you can use to sit on. You can use it anywhere and something soft on your butt when stopping for lunch is great.
-Clothes I wear- These are things that are not in or on my pack. I wear a fanny pack that was made by Light AF. It is a small pack that can carry a camera or snacks it has a pouch on the outside that can be used to hold my phone. I have my trusty Trekking poles made by Kelty which are a cheap brand but I just love mine. They are aluminum with twist locks. Depending on the weather I either wear a pair of Gym shorts that have pockets or a pair of convertible pants that the legs zip off to make shorts. I wear some kind of had either floppy or a baseball type of cap. I wear a shirt that is a synthetic shirt could be a button sun shirt or a pull over one that covers my arms if I will be in exposed areas. My underwear is made of synthetic material a boxer brief seems to be best for me. My socks are Darn Tough socks . My shoes of choice will be trail runners. I am currently using Altra Lone Peak 3.5 but they are about worn out and will have to upgrade soon. The only other stuff I wear is my watch which I just upgraded to a Garmin Instinct but I have used a Amazon knockoff of a fit bit for a long time. I also wear bone conducting headphones so I can listen to music or podcast while I hike and still hear all the sounds around. The ones I have are Areopex Aftershockz.
Thats about it . Total weight with water and food is about 20 in the summer and 22ish in the winter. If you have any questions about any of my gear please get in touch with me and I will love to help you in any way I can. Until Next week please stay safe and get outside!