There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
– Sir Rannulph Fiennes –

Backpacking gear isn’t always cheap and sometimes it seems like A LOT of money when you’re dropping a couple hundred dollars on a backpack or tent or sleeping bag. But you have to remind yourself that if you take care of it, your gear is a lifetime investment. You don’t have to buy the lightest and most expensive gear right away and there are plenty of things you can buy less expensive alternatives for, but if you want high-quality, long-lasting stuff you have to be willing to pay for it occasionally. Below is a list of all the gear I have hyperlinked to the site I bought it or where I’ve found it cheaper since purchasing. I might like to shop a lot, but I also like to save, so I can assure you everything I have is the least expensive high quality product I could find on the market.

Ready for Big Bend National Park

All the gear that went into my Osprey Aura AG 65L pack for a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip to Big Bend National Park

Essential Gear

  1. Osprey Aura AG 65L Pack and rain cover
    • For backpacking
  2. REI Co-op Trail 40L Pack
    • For traveling – this pack is the perfect personal item/carry-on size
  3. REI Co-op Special Edition Flash 18L Pack
  4. Leki Corklite Trekking Poles – Pair
  5. REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus and Half Dome 2 Plus Footprint
  6. Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight & Watertight .7 First-Aid Kit
  7. TETON Sports TrailHead +20F Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag
  8. REI Co-op Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad and Cocoon inflatable pillow
  9. Bear Bell and BearVault BV500 Food Container

Very Helpful, Almost Essential Gear

  1. Madera Outdoor Azul Hammock
    • Don’t forget straps!
  2. REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
  3. Black Diamond Moji Lantern and Cosmo Headlamp
  4. JetBoil Flash Cooking System
    • Or a more affordable Ultralight Stove like this one
    • Plus Butane/Propane mix fuel canisters like these
  5. Compact table set, pots and pans, collapsible travel cups, and sporks
  6. Aurelle TOOB Brush, Wilderness Wash, microfiber towel, and Coleman Biowipes
  7. The Deuce Backcountry Trowel and biodegradable toilet tissue
  8. SPF Lip Balm and Sunblock
  9. Coghlan’s Featherweight Mirror

Hammock (1)


  1. REI Co-op Sahara Hat – Women’s
  2. Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear and Kafka’s Kool Tie
  3. Columbia Sportswear Women’s Arcadia II Rain Jacket
  4. Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 Jacket
  5. Any Columbia Sportswear Omni-Heat Reflective clothing
  6. Lulu Lemon Leggings
    • Make sure they’re designed for high activity
  7. Merrell Moab 2 Mid WP Hiking Boots
  8. Keen Footwear Whisper and Keen Footwear Targhee II Waterproof Mid
  9. Coolmax Ultralight Hiking Crew Socks with the EcoMade CoolMax Liner Socks
Byron Glacier (1)

Seeing as I’ve been a Floridian/Texan since 2009, my body is not used to the cold. But the Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 Jacket kept me SO warm and dry during my entire Alaska adventure.

Food and Hydration

  1. CamelBak Crux 2L Reservoir
    • It fits in both my 40/65L backpacks
  2. Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Water Filter Bottle
    • This was super helpful on the Appalachian Trail as I was able to scoop water from the natural streams we passed and preserve the water we packed until we needed it.
  3. Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Tablets
  4. Hydro Flask Water Bottles and Nalgene Water Bottles
  5. Backpacker’s Pantry and Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods
  6. Clif Shot BloksGU Energy Chews, and CLIF Bar – Energy Bars
Hydro Flask

@HydroFlask, please sponsor me

Emergency Supplies

  1. Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight & Watertight .7 First-Aid Kit
    • I included this twice because a medical kit IS that important
  2. Poison Ivy Soap – Removes the Urushiol
  3. UCO Stormproof Match Kit
  4. Space Emergency Blanket
  5. Extra batteries
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