Gear List

As of today, July 7 2015, I feel like I have a pretty good basic list for hiking gear. I’m certainly no ultralight hiker (yet, and may never be), though there are some things I am likely to purchase over time to reduce weight on my back (someday, a Six Moon Designs or Tarptent single-wall tent, most likely). I should also point out that I don’t think I spent full price on any of the more expensive items; I generally just had a very good idea of what I wanted, and when I saw something on sale, purchased it then. Most of this was acquired over a year and a half or more, as many items were purchased for regular camping prior to me getting involved in backpacking.

In any case, here’s a list of my gear so far to date, with the weights I have personally measured for most items:

Big Three:

Food preparation:

  • Etekcity backpacking stove with piezo ignition (4 oz)
  • Fuel canister for stove (7 oz full)
  • Small aluminum pot with lid (8.4 oz)
  • Spoon/fork, 0.4 oz
  • Plastic cup, 1 oz
  • Lighter, 0.8 oz
  • Mora Companion knife, 4.3 oz

Essentials

  • Suunto M-3DL Compass, 1.6 oz
  • Headlamp flashlight, 3.7 oz (includes batteries)
  • Sawyer Mini water filter, water bag & backflush system, 3.3 oz
  • Quick-dry small towel, 1 oz
  • Map (0.4 oz, estimated)
  • First aid kit, includes bandages, medication, tweezers, etc, 4.8 oz

Hygiene

  • Toilet paper (1.5 oz, estimated)
  • Toothbrush, 0.5 oz
  • Toothpaste, 1.5 oz
  • Deodorant, 2.5 oz
  • Baby wipes, 1.0 oz
  • Cat hole trowel, 3.1 oz

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