Backpacking season is here! Thank you warm weather. I feel like recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about backpacking from people that I’d never expect would be interested, which is AWESOME. I love that more people are getting interested in nature, hiking, and the community! So I thought this would be a great time to share the basics of what I normally pack in my backpack.
Osprey Ariel Plus 70 Pack - Women's
This backpack has been my VIP for many years. It was originally purchased to backpack Europe with, but it’s excellent for longer outdoor adventures. I especially like that it has a secondary backpack that unzips from the front of the bag, making it perfect for short trips as well. This pack holds way more than it looks and has all of the right loops and straps to connect tents and all of your overnight essentials.
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent
This is the tent that I’ve been rocking for the last 3 years. I believe that this is the older model of the REI Half Dome 2 Plus, however you can still find it on REI’s website. The pros are that it’s 3 seasons and it’s super easy to put up. The cons, it’s a tad too heavy for backpacking. If you are looking to lighten your pack, you may want to look at something like the Big Agnes tent I’ve dropped below. If you aren’t too worried about the weight, then this tent has been great!
NEMO Tensor Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad
Having a comfortable sleeping pad is essential. We’ve recently upgraded to the Nemo Ultralight and the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir that I listed below. I can’t decide which is more comfortable. Everyone seems to love the Nemo. It takes seconds to inflate and it sleeps quiet. The negatives are that it’s a little short. If you’re a little taller, you may need to check the size before you purchase.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
As I mention above, we purchased the Therm-a-Rest in addition to the Nemo so we could see which one we liked more. While the Therma-a-Rest is a little longer than the Nemo, I thought it was also harder to inflate and way noisier. But still pretty comfortable when comparing light weight gear.
NEMO Forte 20 Sleeping Bag - Women's
Light and Chargers
It varies, but the go-to is usually some type of dry food from mountain house, backpackers pantry, or any other yummy ones we find. We also pack ramen, coffee, nuun for rehydration, gu or something for an energy boost, and snacks that I like or give energy like Trail mix, nuts, etc. We like to also have some fruit, or a pre-made sandwich to start lunch on the first day. Also, don’t forget to pack a couple of packs of hot sauces or things to make your food taste better.
We have 2 that we use and love. The @Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System (3L) to filter into our bladders or the @saywer Squeeze Water Filter System to squeeze into our water bottles. BUT we found that it’s always good to have more than one filtration option with you in case something happens to one because WATER IS LIFE.