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Backpacking Gear List

What are the essentials for backpacking? Here's the ultimate backpacking gear list of everything you could possibly need to stay safe on your next backing trip!

This is a pinterest pin for the backpacking gear list post. There's a girl standing with a backpack on looking at the mountains and the title of the post on the picture.

What is backpacking?

Backpacking is a low-cost, independent way to travel. Someone who goes backpacking is called a backpacker. There are even a few kinds of backpackers—some travel internationally or through cities, carrying all of their possessions in their backpack. Others go out into the wilderness and hike for several days at a time. The kind of backpacking trip will require a different packing list. This post focuses specifically on packing for a wilderness backpacking trip.

What is the difference between hiking and backpacking?

If someone is going hiking, they are often going into a scenic area for a long walk. They could go on trails or up mountains, being pushing to varying strenuous limits. The length and challenge of the hike will depend on what the person chooses, but usually hiking is no longer than a day. Want to go hiking? Here's a hiking gear list of everything you could possibly need to stay safe while hiking!

Backpacking is essentially just a step up from hiking. When your hiking trip lasts longer than one day and you're required to sleep out in the wilderness, you're backpacking. Backpacking requires you to carry everything you need to survive in your backpack. You will pack your sleeping gear, nutrition, clothes, and all other essentials.

Stay safe while backpacking

Typically backpacking takes place in a remote location. In order to stay safe, it's important that you take the time to prepare. Follow a packing list and double check everything you will need before you leave. Always make an emergency plan and let someone know your trip plans before you leave.

Backpacking gear list

While this is a comprehensive backpacking gear list, you definitely don't need every item on this list. It's important to consider the duration of your backpacking trip, the weather, and the conditions of the trail. Split up the gear between you and your backpacking buddies to lighten the load! Remember to double check for the essentials before you leave to help you stay safe.

How to pack your backpack

Each person will pack their backpack in a way that makes sense to them based on preference. If you've never packed your backpack before, here are a few tips:

  • Pack your sleeping bag on the bottom - Your sleeping bag and other sleeping items can go at the very bottom of your back because they are typically the bigger and bulkier items and you won't need them during the day!
  • Place the heaviest items on the part closest to your back - This will help in weight distribution as your hiking around and will likely make your backpack more comfortable, even when it is heavy!
  • Put the lightest item on the outside and on the top - This will also help in weight distribution. Things of items like your raincoat, coffee mug, bowl and spoon, or hat because they are typically easy to clip on the outside of your pack or store in the brain.
  • Keep easy access things on top - Make sure to keep the items you'll want to use the most in the brain of your pack. If you're backpacking around, it will be really annoying to have to dig around in your pack for things throughout the day. Think of things like sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and other items you might need during the day.
  • Waterproof Everything - You want to make sure everything that isn't a waterproof material is kept dry! To easily do this, pack things in double ziplocs. It will be important to waterproof gear like clothes, lighters, journals, sleeping bags, and food. You won't need to worry about waterproofing rain gear or pots.

Here's a video from an expert on how to pack your backpack!

Backpack

A hiking backpack is one of the most important pieces of gear because it's how you will carry all of your gear. The size of the hiking backpack you will need depends on how much gear you will bring. The best way to choose a backpack is to figure out the gear you will need and make sure it will fit in the volume of the backpack.

What size backpack should you bring on your trip? That will depend on how long you're going to be gone. Here is a breakdown of backpack size options:

What is the best hiking backpack?

The best hiking backpacks are durable, comfortable, and adjustable. Helpful features to consider for a backpack are adjustable straps, extra padding, and how it feels while you're hiking. If you don't notice the backpack while you're hiking (if it doesn't cause you poking, scratching, or pain), that's how you know it's comfortable! Other features to consider for a hiking backpack are water resistance, ventilation, and pockets. I like when backpacks have multiple pockets to keep all my hiking gear organized.

There are plenty of awesome options available online and you could choose a backpack after doing a little bit of research. You can also go to the store and try on a couple of options to find one that will work best for you. I love Osprey packs and would definitely recommend checking them out if you're not sure where to start!

SLEEPING BAG

A sleeping bag is another really important piece of gear! It’s what will keep you the most warm at night. There are a couple of considerations when choosing which sleeping bag to pack for a trip. It’s helpful to have a bag that is light and packable since you will be carrying it in your backpack and need to make sure there’s room for the rest of your gear. You can also consider the shape of the bag and how much covering it provides. I have a bag that zips all the way around my head, which I love in colder temperatures!

Research the weather rating to figure out how warm of a bag it is and if it will work for the temperatures you’ll be camping in! For example, I have two sleeping bags: a warm and cold weather bag that I pack depending on what time of the year I go backpacking. 

Sleeping bags are one of those gear items that can really vary in price. It’s possible to find cheap options online, but it might not be as durable or high-quality as a more expensive bag. Consider how much you’ll be using it and what qualities are really important to you. I go backpacking often, so for me it’s important to have a bag that is light, packable, and warm! 

SLEEPING BAG 

In addition to your sleeping bag, a sleeping pad is helpful for backpacking trips. Not only is this piece of gear going to go underneath your bag to keep you warm, but it can also be really helpful to sit on while you’re hanging out around the fire. When you’re choosing a sleeping pad, you’ll want to consider how much it weighs, if it is waterproof, how small it packs, and the durability. 

My personal preference is to use a small, fold-up sleeping pad that I can carry on the outside of my backpack. Some people really like blow-up sleeping pads, but I haven’t converted because I like that my fold-up pad is ready to go, durable, and won’t let me down at night. 

CAMPING PILLOW

A camping pillow is an optional piece of backpacking gear. I went years without having a pillow and just packed use a piece of clothes I had in my bag. However, the more trips I went on, the more I realized I actually really wanted a pillow so I made the investment! There are super compact, lightweight, blow-up pillows that are life-changing. It hardly takes up any space so I bring mine on every trip!

TENT AND RAIN FLY

A tent is one of your best friends on backpacking trips! It is the piece of gear that will protect you the most on rainy, cold nights. There are definitely better tents than others. In my opinion, it’s better to have a tent that doesn’t cause you any troubles and makes things easy. I want my tent to be quick and easy to set up and keep me dry. I want it to be big enough to fit me, but not have extra room because that will cause extra weight and I will only be in there while I’m sleeping. 

Since this is something that will be carried, it’s important that it is lightweight! Make sure the tent isn’t super bulky and has compact folding poles and a rain fly. I can’t stress the rain-fly enough… make sure your tent has one! Most people think the purpose of a tent is to protect you from animals, but honestly, it’s really for the rain! My favorite tent is a 2-person tent that fits me and my husband perfectly. It’s easy to set-up and keeps us dry. 

TARP

Depending on what you plan to use it for, you will need to pack one or two tarps. You will need one tarp to go underneath your tent! The tarp under the tent will keep the bottom of your tent dry if it rains. (Trust me, I’ve been lazy and skipped this and I ended up in a puddle of water…) Because the tarp is going on the ground, make sure the material is waterproof and durable. The size of the tarp doesn't need to be huge - it just needs to be large enough to cover the ground under your tent.

A second tarp can be packed if you plan to make a tarp shelter for sleeping. If you’re planning on sleeping on the ground, in a hammock, or anywhere outside of a tent, you’ll need to make a tarp shelter to keep you dry in case it rains. Practice making a tarp shelter before your trip so you know how to set it up! Make sure to pack plenty or paracord to keep your tarp up. 

Pro Tip: Keep your ground tarp and shelter tarp separate! Use the same tarp for the ground every time because it’s more likely to get holes, which you won’t want on your shelter tarp. 

HAMMOCK AND STRAPS

Some people choose to sleep in a hammock instead of a tent. Make sure to check the area you’re going backpacking to make sure there are plenty of trees and if the area allows for hammocks. Some places do not allow you to hammock! You will want the material to be strong, durable, and compact. 

I love sleeping in my hammock and pack it for every trip I have the option to sleep in it. It might sound strange to sleep in a hammock, but it is so comfy to be like a little cocoon in the night!

CLOTHES 

An important consideration for hiking is what you are going to wear! No matter your hiking location, you will probably feel differently while you're hiking from when you start. ALWAYS check the weather! If there's a chance of rain, it's going to be cloudy, or you're hiking to higher elevations, you'll probably want to bring some upper layers. Layers can also be important for sun protection. Even if you're wearing sunscreen, wearing a long-sleeve shirt can help protect you from the sun.

Your best bet will be to pack extra layers in your backpack. Consider packing a base layer and second layer (the specifics of those will depend on the temperatures.) Depending on what you choose to bring (I recommend lightweight, synthetic, and waterproof layers), a few extra clothing items really won't add that much weight or take up much room in your bag. 

The philosophy I follow for most trips is “wear one, pack one.” If I’m wearing one t-shirt and a pair of shorts, I will pack an extra of both. Remember that you won’t pack for a backpacking trip like a normal trip! You don’t need to pack a new outfit everyday. You won’t have enough room in your backpack!

T-SHIRTS

For the t-shirts you pack, a tech fabric that is quick-drying, sort, and has a natural feel are my favorite. Typically these kinds of shirts wicks sweat and dries really fast. Consider how comfortable the shirts are and make sure it feels okay when you’re wearing a backpack! 

INSULATED JACKET

If you’re going on a cold weather trip, packing an insulated jacket will be important. Consider a jacket that packs really small but still have insulation or is made out of a fabric that will keep you warm. I love to bring an omni-heat jacket that is super versatile and lightweight. 

TOP LAYERS

The amount of top layers will depend on your trip. Consider the temperature during the day, night, and how it might change. I choose to bring a long-sleeve, jacket, or coat based purely on the weather predictions. 

UNDERWEAR 

It feels slightly weird to recommend underwear only because I don’t have too many recommendations in this department! I would recommend underwear that is synthetic, comfortable, and will work best for you.

SOCKS

The biggest piece of advice for socks is to BRING MULTIPLE PAIRS OF SOCKS. A good pair of hiking socks can be really important for comfort on your hike! Wearing the right pair of socks will also help prevent blisters. You'll want to consider the wicking, fit, padding, and how thick they are.

My favorite socks are wicking, light, crew socks (my favorite height) kind. I love to wear light wool pairs like these all year round. Check them out:

SPORTS BRAS  

Similar to underwear, packing a sports bra will really depend on your preference. My suggestion is to pack one that is tight, moisture-wicking, and supportive. I love all Under Armor sports bras and wear the same thing if I'm running or hiking!

RAIN JACKET

I NEVER BACKPACK WITHOUT A RAIN JACKET. That might sound insane, especially if the forecast says there is only 3% chance of rain. HOWEVER, I have been dumped on too many times to want to risk it. Investing in a rain jacket that actually works was one of the best decisions I ever made! Whatever rain jacket you bring, just make sure it covers your entire top and is waterproof (not all rain jackets are waterproof!) I also recommend looking for a jacket with a hood and that zips all the way. If it doesn't rain but gets chilly, you could also use this as a warmer layer and then you don't need to bring a top layer!

Here's my favorite rain jacket:

SHORTS

Since the primary activity you’ll be doing is hiking, you’ll want to make sure you have a comfortable pair of shorts! The recommendation is to wear shorts that are comfortable, durable, have a wicking fabric, and provide a wide range of motion. If you’re unsure about a pair to pack, practice wearing them and see how it feels. 

I’m not picky and wear the same shorts while I’m backpacking as I do around my house, on a run, or just lounging around. They have a tech fabric and dry quick and are very comfortable to me. 

PANTS

Similar to shorts, the ultimate goal of the pants you wear are going to be comfort and protection. Consider pants that are water-resistant, lightweight, comfortable, and durable. If you’re hiking through the woods, things might get dicey and you definitely don’t want to worry about your pants having any trouble! 

Outdoor Research makes really awesome hiking pants. I’ve gone almost 10 days wearing these lightweight pants so I feel confident recommending them! 

LEGGINGS

Some people will wear pants the entire time and not worry about leggings. I sometimes like to switch things up and hike in leggings as well. I also enjoy wearing a pair of leggings when I’m at my campsite hanging out and then for sleeping. If you pack leggings, consider a material that wicks sweat and dries fast. It’s helpful to have breathable material, a waistband, and comfortable and durable material for hiking. 

These tight, high-waisted, moisture-wicking leggings are my favorite because they make me feel like I’m not even wearing pants. That might sound weird, but I love wearing bottoms that I don’t notice because it’s super annoying to me to have bottoms that fall down, cause chaffing, or are distracting during backpacking.

RAIN PANTS

Like a rain jacket, rain pants can be very helpful when the weather is sketchy. I didn’t use to pack rain pants but then had a bad experience and now I will always bring them! Consider pants that have taped seams, are made from a waterproof and breathable material, and are lightweight. 

There are several expensive rain pants out there, but I personally just bought a cheaper pair. This is one of those gear items I just stuff into my backpack and hopefully not need unless it is an emergency! 

BANDANA / HEADBANDS

I like to pack a headband to help keep the sweat and hair out of my face! Pack a headband that is thick, non-slip, and supportive! In addition to using a headband for my hair, one of my biggest tips is to wear one over your eyes when you go to sleep. Since you don’t have blinds when you’re camping, this will help you sleep longer so you don’t wake up totally with the sun! 

HAT

Wearing a hat is a great way to protect your face from the sun while you’re hiking. Consider a hat that is breathable, lightweight, and has a full brim. 

SUNGLASSES

Even if you're hiking in a covered area, it can still get sunny! Bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sunshine. Consider a pair of polarized sunglasses for extra protection!

My favorite brand of sunglasses is Goodr. They have affordable sunglasses that are great for outdoor activities because they are no slip, no bounce, and all polarized.

HIKING BOOTS

One of the most important pieces of gear for your hike is a pair of hiking boots! You'll want to consider the comfort, support, grip, material, size, and cut of the boots.

  • Comfort: It's important to wear boots that are actually comfortable because you're going to be wearing them all day! I recommend wearing a new pair of hiking boots around your home before you hit the trail to help break them in.
  • Grip: Consider the amount of tread on the bottom of the boot. What kind of terrain are you going to be on the most? Hiking on dirt is a lot different than rocks or snow and would require a different kind of boot!
  • Material: There are so many different kinds of materials such as full-grain leather, split-grain leather, synthetic, and more. I love to have full-grain leather because they're very supportive and sturdy for long, tough hikes.
  • Size: I usually size up a half size in hiking boots so that I can wear thicker hiking socks. Additionally, your feet might get hot and swell up after being outside all day, so having some extra room might be more comfortable. Making sure the boots fit because if they rub your feet in a weird way, you might get blisters.
  • Cut: The cut of the hiking boot refers to how high up the boot is on your ankle. Low-cut hiking boots don't provide any ankle support while high-cut are very supportive.

My favorite brand of hiking boots is Salomon! They make really supportive, durable, and comfortable hiking boots I bring on every sort of hike.

CAMP SHOES

After a long day of backpacking, it’s so nice to change into a pair of camp shoes. Camp shoes are lightweight, comfortable shoes you can wear around your campsite. You won’t do any sort of serious hiking in these, they are just for lounging! Make sure the pair you pack are lightweight since you’ll be carrying them. 

BEANIE

Packing a beanie is helpful for colder weather. Whether you’re wearing it while hiking or while sleeping, beanies are a great way to get some extra warmth in the cold. 

GLOVES

If you’re going on a cold weather trip, pack a pair of gloves for some extra warmth! It’ll be really helpful to have a warm of quick drying, starchy, comfortable gloves to keep your hands warm while you’re out of your tent or hiking around. 

OTHER ITEMS

There are several other optional items you can pack based on what you might like to us. These items are usually packed depending on how much room you have available in your backpack.

BOOK

This isn’t a necessity, but packing a book to read before bed or on a break during the day can provide some extra entertainment when you’re off-the-grid. 

JOURNAL & PEN

Packing a journal is a great way to reflect, think, and pray on a backpacking trip. I always pack two journals: a tiny adventure journal and a writing journal. My adventure journal is where I document the cool adventures of trips (where I hiked, camped, explored, etc.) and the writing journal is where I write down ideas, reflections, and more. The wilderness provides so many amazing experiences so I want to write them down to remember!

CAMERA

Several people enjoy carrying a camera or phone on their hike so they are able to document the adventure! It's so cool to take a picture at the top of a mountain or in a new place. Every smartphone has a camera so if you're already bringing a phone, there's no need to bring an additional camera. However, if you are planning on taking some action shots or videos, you might want to consider a GoPro. Remember to waterproof your camera or phone in case it rains!

Here's one of the more popular GoPros available:

HEADLAMP

If you think you might be hiking when it's dark, you will need a light! A headlamp is more convenient than a flashlight because it keep your hands free. You'll be able to see the trails and your surroundings well. Having a headlamp with the strobe-light function can help in emergency situations as well. When purchasing a headlamp, consider the different power modes, batteries, and if it is waterproof. Don't forget to bring extra batteries!

My favorite headlamp:

BATTERIES

If you have room for extra batteries, pack them in case your headlamp dies!

TREKKING POLES

Several people choose to hike with trekking poles. While trekking poles aren't a necessity, they can provide balance and help relieve strain from your back and legs. Trekking poles can really make a difference when hiking on rocky and hilly terrain. When purchasing a pair, consider the height, material, durability, and affordability.

MULTITOOL 

A multi-tool can be a really helpful piece of equipment when you don't have a lot of resources around. From repairs to fixes, a multi-tool can really save you in an emergency situation! When considering a multi-tool, think about what you might need it for, the tools available, and where you will carry it.

One of the most popular multi-tools on the market:

NUTRITION

Whether you'll be gone for one day or one week, nutrition is a very important consideration for your trip. There are so many factors to what you will pack, and I would suggest using this post as a starting point to get you planning.

WATER BOTTLES OR HYDRATION SYSTEM

The rule of thumb I follow is to bring 3 liters of water per day. You can either bring a water bladder that goes inside of your backpack or a few water bottles that equal 3 liters. However, you'll need to check where you are backpacking to see if there are water sources available. It's so important to research if there is water available on the trails so you can plan the correct amount of water to bring!

Here are some options for a bladder and bottle:

WATER FILTER / BLEACH

Make a plan for how you will get drinkable water. Whether you're going to pack bleach to add to water or use a filter, make your plan.

ELECTROLYTES

Even if you bring enough water for the a full day of hiking, it's helpful to bring some electrolytes to help with hydration. Electrolytes are important because they help balance the amount of water in your body and move nutrients to your cells. Most electrolytes can come in a tablet that dissolves in water or even a little packet.

My favorite electrolytes:

AEROPRESS

I consider coffee a part of my daily nutrition! Seriously, I’m not going to sacrifice a cup while I’m backpacking. There are several different methods to make coffee on a backpacking trip, and my favorite is with an Aeropress. It’s lightweight, quick, and easy to make a morning cup. 

COFFEE

I will ALWAYS bring this on a backpacking trip. I switch up what kind of coffee I bring, but it’s always a smooth dark roast. It’s totally up to you to choose what kind of coffee you want to bring on a trip. I usually pack some in a small ziplock so that I don’t carry a big bag. If you would rather pack instant coffee you can add to hot water, that’s fine as well. It’s up to you!

SNACKS

It's important to bring nutrients while you're hiking! If you're going to be gone for more than 3 hours, it's important to consider nutrition. Your body needs to refuel from the exertion so some hiking snacks can fix that!

I like. to bring easy, healthy snacks when I go hiking. Protein bars, trail mix, and foods with a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats will give you the fuel you need for your hike! I avoid snacks that will melt (like chocolate), that take up a lot of space (bags of chips), and that aren't going to give me the fuel I need. If you're going to be gone longer than a day, consider all of the meals you will need and make a plan to fuel.

Check out this post full of my favorite hiking snacks.

MEALS

The meals you pack will depend on if you are backpacking or car camping. If you are backpacking, you'll want to keep meals light and compact. For backpacking meal inspiration, I have a board on Pinterest and follow Fresh Off The Grid.

HYGIENE

The amount of hygiene items you pack will be based on personal preference. I like to pack all of the basic hygiene items so that I can feel as fresh and clean as possible while I'm backpacking. However, I have a lot of friends that don't pack anything!

Here are some daily hygiene possibilities:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Medications
  • Deodorant
  • Face Wipes

SUNSCREEN

If you're outside, it's a good idea to wear sunscreen! Even if there are trees and cloud coverage, there's still a chance to get a burn from UV ways. I like to wear sunscreen lotion on my face and sunscreen spray on my body. Don't forget to reapply!

CHAPSTICK

I always bring chapstick when I go backpacking! This became a lifesaver when I started going on long hikes. Being in the sun all day can really cause some chapped lips, so considering a chapstick with UV protection really can help. I would definitely wear this if you decide to not wear a hat as well.

BUG REPELLENT 

Similar to sunscreen, it might be a good idea to consider bugspray. However, this will depend on where you're backpacking, the time of year, and the climate. If it's a hot summer evening, I will always wear bugspray to avoid getting mosquito bites!

BOBO BAG

A bobo bag is a small bag filled with the items you need to poop in the woods. You'll need a trowel, toilet paper, and ziplock bag. The trowel is helpful to dig a hole in the ground to do your business and then cover it up. The toilet paper and ziplock are optional based on how you decide to clean up. If you decide to use toilet paper, you'll need to pack it out in a ziplock so that you're following all of the guidelines for leave no trace. If you don't want to pack out any toilet paper, you can use a rock, leaves, or whatever else you find in nature. I promise there are great smooth rocks out there!

KULA CLOTH

Kula Cloth is a reusable antimicrobial pee cloth. To avoid packing excess amounts of toilet paper and/or using the 'shake off' method (aka 'drip dry'), this pee cloth is a way that to stay comfortable AND have a positive impact on the environment at the same time. This item is new to me and is a total game-changer!

HAND SANITIZER

Because you won't have regular access to soap and water, it's very important that you bring hand sanitizer to kill germs and bacteria!

MENSTRUAL ITEMS

Pack necessary menstrual items if you think your period might come while you're backpacking. I've heard great things about the Diva Cup if you're interested in an ultra-light option. Don't forget to pack a ziplock to pack out your used products to follow the Leave No Trace guidelines.

NAVIGATION & SAFETY

While you're backpacking, it's important to be prepared! Always make sure you have everything you need for navigation and safety. Have an emergency plan and let someone know (who isn't going with you) your plan before you leave.

MAP

If you're backpacking on unfamiliar territory, consider a map. Most parks will have maps at the trailheads so you can take a picture of it before you head out. There are also navigation apps with maps you're able to download if you're going to be gone for a couple of days.  I always bring a paper map (waterproof ones are great!) and download a map on my phone. It's so smart to have backup!

COMPASS

In order to correctly use a map, you'll need a compass. Most smartwatches and phones have one built in, but if that isn't an option, make sure to bring another.

HIKING PERMIT

Some wilderness areas require a backpacking permit. In fact, most national parks and national forests require a permit, especially for groups of hikers going out for multiple days. It's important to do some research before leaving on a hike to make sure you have whatever papers you need. If you a permit is required, follow the proper steps to receive one and carry it with you.

GPS DEVICE

If you're planning on hiking in unfamiliar places, it's a good idea to bring a GPS or safety device. There are apps you can download on your phone if you don't want to make a completely new purchase, but make sure you have a plan. If you're purchasing a GPS device, consider the maps, waterproof capabilities, battery life, readability, and affordability.

FIRST AID KIT

The contents of your first-aid kit will depend on your medical needs and available resources. I usually pack at least a small first-aid kit, along with some other important items based on the people backpacking with me. You never know what might happen so having a few extras can be helpful.

PHONE

Even though you might not have service for your backpacking trip, it might be helpful to pack your phone for potentially using spots of service, especially if there's an emergency. I usually pack my phone in a waterproof case and use it for pictures.

SOLAR POWER CHARGER

If you are going to use your phone, packing a solar-powered charger is a good idea so your battery can recharge. A lightweight and durable charger will be your best option!

OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS

Depending on where you're backpacking, it could be helpful to pack personal items like an identification or cash. Look into where you'll be going and see if you'll need this!

COOKING

The kitchen items you pack will depend on how you decide to cook. The affordability and durability of these items will depend on your needs. For backpacking trips, it's important to consider the weight and size of items since you will need to fit these into your backpack. If you're traveling in a group, it will be easier to split up larger items among the group.

STOVE

Because it’s important to me that I’m able to make dinner quick and easy, I like to use a stove I know can get water boiling fast. Consider the size, weight, and durability of a stove. If you’re backpacking in a group, you might need to pack more than one stove so you can boil pots of water simultaneously. 

FUEL BOTTLES

A stove is only helpful if you have fuel! Make sure to pack fuel bottles, and enough fuel to get you through your trip. 

SERVING SPOON & SPATULA

A serving spoon and spatula will be helpful while you’re cooking. Think about what you will be cooking and the kitchen utensils you will need. Consider packing tools that are multipurpose so you can use them for more than one cooking method to avoid packing extra tools. Make sure the tools are durable, easy to use, and easy to clean. 

POTS & LIDS

These are very important for coking! Whether you're boiling water for coffee, making dinner, or even baking a dessert, you will likely need pots and lids to cook. It's great to have pots and lids that are lightweight, packable, compact, and durable. Make sure they are clean before they go into your backpack!

SKILLET

Depending on what you plan to make on your trip, a skillet can be a helpful tool to elevate your meals. Like the pots you will bring, make sure its lightweight compact, and durable.

POT GRABBER

In addition to having a pot, a pot grabber can be a helpful tool when you're cooking! This can easily protect your hands while you're cooking. Specifically, I like to pack a pot grabber that is durable, lightweight, and made out of silicone.

BOWL (PERSONAL)

A personal bowl is what you will eat all of your meals with! Also, it's great to have a bowl that is easy to clean and lightweight. Some backpacking bowls have lids and others are collapsible—it all depends on your preference and what you want! I like the bowl with the lid to keep critters and dirt out of my bowl.

SPOON (PERSONAL)

This utensil is what you will use to eat all of your meals! There are so many options so it just depends on your preference. The beauty about this piece of gear is that it definitely is lightweight. There are several styles you can choose from.

COFFEE MUG (PERSONAL)

Because I'm definitely making coffee in the morning, I always bring a coffee mug. I like to bring a mug with a handle because I can easily hook this on the outside of my backpack. Usually I choose one with a lid as well to keep the dirt and bugs out of it!

POT SCRAPER

Because you won't have access to running water and soap, a pot scraper will really help you easily clean your dishes. This pot scraper is lightweight, durable, and can help clean non-stick surfaces without scratching.

LIGHTER

Essential for getting fires started, you won't want to forget a lighter! I pack a more durable lighter because I always want to make sure it works, but. you can pack whatever compact lighter you prefer.

SMALL CUTTING BOARD

Whether or not you pack a cutting board will depend on the meals you bring on your trip. If you are bringing foods you will need to cut, having a small cutting boards make it easier than just cutting items on the ground. Consider a cutting board that is lightweight and two-sided to prevent cross-contamination.

SPICE CONTAINERS (WITH SPICES)

Brining a spice container can elevate your meals while backpacking! These spice containers are compact, convenient, and easy to clean. This might go without saying, but make sure to pack it with your favorite spices!

KNIFE OR MULTITOOL

It's always smart to carry some sort of knife or multitool. You might need it while cooking or to double as a pair of scissors in certain situations.

This is a pinterest pin for the backpacking gear list post. There's a girl standing with a backpack on looking at the mountains and the title of the post on the picture.

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This is not a paid review and opinions and experiences expressed in this post are all mine. This post does contain Amazon affiliate links. Jordo’s World is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you purchase an item through the link I will get a small percentage of the sale which goes toward the development I do for this site.