What I carried on my John Muir Trail trip (Base Weight about 22 lbs):
Home and bed:
- Backpack: REI Flash 62 (read my review here)
- Tent (w/no stuff sack): REI QuarterDome 1 – Love it! (replaced tent stakes with MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit – .8 oz for 4 and sturdier)
- Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest ProLite Mattress 3/4 length – would definitely get a better one next time.
- Sleeping Bag (w/ no stuff sack): Sierra Designs Zissou 12 700 fill down 12 degree bag (12 degree survival, 24 degree comfort) – barely warm enough on 28 degree nights
- Ground Cloth and another piece to sit on in camp – 2 pieces 3m (3.2 Yards) of Tyvek cut to size (shaved about 5oz off the weight of a normal ground cloth)
- Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight inflatable pillow (this was my second one, the first busted the first night out on a previous trip, I took it back and got a new one, this one lasted the 26 days but busted on a trip 3 weeks after the JMT)
- Stove: Pocket Rocket (worked great, no problems at all)
- Cooking: GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset
- Eating: Sea to Summit Alpine Light spoon – long
- Cleaning: 1″ square of a sponge and a piece of bandanna for easy clean up
- Cutting: Swiss Army knife (the small one with a screwdriver, nothing fancy)
- Other: Tiny Tupperware container (maybe 4 oz) with lid for making and carrying powdered hummus in the morning for lunch
- Bear Can – BV500
- Camelback bladder with inline gravity feed platypus filter (a bit heavy but I love that it’s easy-access while I hike and the filtering is automatic)
- 32 oz. Wide-mouth Nalgene – I like to carry something I can easily fill for cooking. I also like to have Nuun infused water during the day and don’t want to use those tabs in my bladder
- Iodine and Nuun tabs – Potable Aqua Iodine, the Nuun tabs make the water taste good. Note: I very rarely treat my water (most of my drinking water runs through the Camelback/Platypus anyway) . I use these when getting water from highly populated lakes and other questionable water sources.
- Hiking boots: Saloman GTX hiking boots
- Inserts: Superfeet inserts (I had some pain on the bottoms of my feet and a little plantar fasciitis, these helped)
- Socks: 2 pair Wright Socks double layer Merino wool (one to sleep in, one to hike in)
- 1 Pair REI hiking pants with roll up legs
- 1 White Sierra short sleeve button up shirt polyester/cotton blend
- 1 cami to wear underneath hiking shirt (no bra)
- 1 Tank top
- 1 pair Patagonia hiking shorts
- 2 Pairs of Ex Officio underwear
- Rain pants – some cheapos I bought at Kmart
- Rain jacket – NorthFace Gortex
- Down Jacket – NorthFace Ultra-light
- Beanie (polyester)
- Gloves (polyester)
Sleeping (base layer):
- Merino Wool medium weight long johns
- Columbia long sleeved polyester shirt
- Camp shoes – cheap fake crocs
- Phone/charger: Samsung Galaxy S5 (with my kindle books on it and the Guthook app). NOTE: on the really cold nights the batteries drained to a point it wouldn’t charge with the solar charger. Had to wait til I got home and got original charger to plug in. Sleep with your electronics to keep them warm!
- Solar Charger: Suntactics solar charger (loved it)
- Camera/charger: Nikon Coolpix 16 megapixel 12x zoom camera
- Safety GPS tracker: SPOT – love it!
- Headlamp: Energizer (cheap and probably too heavy, but it works great!)
Toilet and hygiene:
- Toilet – Lightweight stuff sack (from tent) to keep everything separate and make it easy to find and separate from food.
- MSR Ground Hog Tent stake (as my trowel)
- Gallon Ziploc with TP and unscented wipes and empty Ziploc with a big X on it for used TP
- Unscented anti-bacterial wipes (took out of packaging and put in ziploc only what I needed) and/or antibacterial gel (switched up in resupply buckets)
- Toothbrush and baking soda (instead of toothpaste for better LNT) with some peppermint essential oil beads for minty fresh breath!
- Paper shower wipes (unscented, from Amazon.com)- cut them in half and used one per day
- .25 Coconut oil for moisturizer (not before bed because of the smell)
- .25 oz of zinc oxide sunscreen
- Daily vitamins
- .25 oz. of Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap for laundry and bathing (AWAY from water sources!!! #LNT)
First Aid (for me and my gear):
- Duct Tape (wrapped around trekking pole)
- Brush-on superglue – the brush is the best invention every. Very handy!
- Medical tape – a small roll maybe 10′ and I used it all
- Gauze- probably about 10′ of 3″ gauze (and I used it all)
- Neosporin and antiseptic packets (about 3 of each)
- Pain relief- excedrin, allergy, benadryl, ibuprofen and migraine medication
- dental floss
- Nail clippers
- 4 waterproof matches
- tiny bic lighter
- Tiny travel sew kit with scissors, thread, and needle, safety pin
- Clear mini hair ties (these are awesome)
- Put it all inside a small mesh bag from the dollar store
- Trekking Poles – REI Traverse Power Lock – cheapos but I’ve had them for a while and they’re great!
- Bandanas: 2 (wore one on my head and used one to bathe)
- Maps: John Harrison
- Reading glasses – 2 pair because I can’t read maps without them!
- Cheap sunglasses that I rarely wore
- Suunto Compass
- Moleskine Journal and 2 pens (Moleskine is more durable and holds up to weather better than regular paper, IMO)
- Trash compactor bag to keep my sleeping bag, tent and sleeping clothes in. (also packed one in my 2nd resupply bucket in case of damage).