What to bring on a short backpacking trip

I don’t write many posts that aren’t trail reports. However I get a lot of questions regarding pack weight for backpacking short trips (what to pack, how much, etc…) and I thought I’d create a log of what I bring, how much weight to allot, etc. Hope this helps (and let me know what works/doesn’t work for you!). Backpacking is a balance of going lightweight and being comfortable. Some people er more on one side, some on the other side. This is what works for me.

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How it breaks down:

Essentials = 16 lbs.

Emergency Kit = 2 oz.

Personal Hygiene = 8 oz.

Clothing = 2 lbs 4 oz (packed)

= total weight of about 19 lbs before food/water.  For food, estimate a pound a day and for water, try and keep at least 2-3 lbs of water on you at all times.

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Survival essentials – ~ 16 lbs.

Tent – REI Quarterdome T2 –  3 lbs 8 oz. (with extra things removed)

Backpack – Gregory z35 (large) – 3 lbs 5 oz

Sleeping bag – Marmot Helium 15 (long) – 2 lbs 6 oz.

Sleeping pad – REI Lite Core 1.5 (reg) – 1 lb 11 oz

Trekking poles – BD Contour Elliptical Carbon poles  – 1 lb 3 oz

Bear Canister – BV450 solo – 2 lbs 1 oz

Cell Phone/Wallet/Keys in Ziploc – 3 oz

Water filter – Sawyer Squeeze water filter – 3 oz

Multitool – old swiss army knife – 1 oz

Stove – Jetboil Flash – 1 lb

Fuel – Gigapower 110g – 2 oz

Spork – Basically weightless

Headlamp – BD Spot – 3 oz

Map – 1 oz (I usually use Harrison’s or Conant’s maps)

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Emergency Kit – 2 oz.

Ziploc bag to carry everything – weightless

A couple butterfly stitches

Needle (floss doubles as thread)

Trial size of antiseptic

Moleskin

Cotton balls in petroleum jelly (fire starter tinder/first aid)

A couple pieces of gauze

Duck Tape (note: wrapped around trekking poles for quick access)

BIC Lighter

Mini-compass

(Note: When not backpacking, I always include an emergency bivy and poncho)

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Hygiene –   ~.5 lb/8 oz’s

ziploc bag

1 oz deodorant stick

1 oz toothpaste

toothbrush with no handle

trial size of floss (doubles as thread for emergency kit)

4 oz sunscreen – Sawyer brand

.5 oz SPF chapstick – Aloe Gator Vanilla

2 oz DEET

.5 oz Dawn soap

.5 oz TP/kleenex

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Clothing (total for pack = 2 lbs 4 oz,  total worn = 3 lbs 11 oz) 

Socks – 2 pairs of mid Smartwool PhD Socks – ~3 oz.

Shoes – 1 pair of Salomon Quest 4D boots – 2 lbs 13 oz.

Underwear – 2 ExOfficio boxers – ~ 3 oz.

Pants – 1 pair REI Acme pants – 6 oz?

Baselayer – 1 Smartwool midweight baselayer top – 4 oz

Shirt – 1 cheap wicking/running shirt – 3 oz

Headband/bandana – 1 headband (doubles as towel) – 1 oz

Insulation piece – 1 REI Revelcloud insulated jacket (doubles at pillow at night) – 12 oz

Hardshell – North Face Mammatus – 1 lb

Hat – White Sox baseball cap (any one of my many Sox hats 🙂 – 2 oz

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Food/Water (est. per day: 1 lb food, 3 lbs water for overnighter)

Bladder – Camelbak 100 oz capacity bladder – 6.5 oz

Bottles – 2 32 oz. gatorade bottles for water (weightless basically)

Performance food – 3 packs of GuChomps/day – 2 oz

3 Hammer Gel Shots/day – 2 oz.

Hammer HEED drink mix – 2 oz

Dehydrated food – 2 bags of Mountain House 2 person meals/day – 5 oz

Oatmeal – 2 packets of Quaker Oats instant oatmeal for breakfast/day – 3 oz

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