What’s in a Thru-Hiker’s Backpack?

What’s in a Thru-Hiker’s Backpack?

WARNING: this post will be met with controversy as everyone has a different opinion on what should go into your backpack for thru-hiking a Long Trail. At the end of the day, always remember to hike your own hike.

Sunrise on McAfee Knob in Virginia
Sunrise on McAfee Knob in Virginia

Hello Trail Mix Family! We are so glad that you have continued to show interest in our adventures! Today, we wanted to give you a breakdown of what each of us carried in our backpacks on our 2017 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. A few things to remember when reading through our pack list: (1) we hiked as a couple, (2) we hiked with our dog, (3) we packed to be comfortable, and (4) we went as light as we could with our budget. Below, you will find what we ended our trip with. This was a learning process as we constantly sent home items we realized along the way that we did not really need.

Moonshine’s Backpack

Moonshine's Backpack
Walking across Bear Mountain Bridge in New York

Pack:
Osprey Women’s Aura 65 AG

Clothing:
Arcteryx Cerium LT Hoodie
FITS Hiking Socks (2 pairs)
Merino Wool Buff
Hiking Boots (Went through two pairs)
Camp Shoes
2 Pairs of Nike Running Shorts
North Face Hybrid Leggings
Freefly Bamboo Tanktop
REI Synthetic Pullover
1 Unpadded Sports Bra
Rain Shell

Sleeping Gear:

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Two Person Tent w/Rainfly
5×7 Piece of Tyvek
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite (Women’s)

Electronics:
Phone

backpack in the smokies
Celebrating in the Smokies after two days of nonstop freezing rain

Toiletries:
2 Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Contact Solution
Contact Case
Comb
Medicines
Towel

Food:
Peanut M&M’s
Various Snacks

Dog Supplies:
5-7 Days Worth of Dog Food
Peanut Butter Powder for Dog Supplement
1 Collapsible Bowls

Water:
2 Smartwater Bottles

Cooking:
1 Camp Mug

Gibberish’s Backpack:

winter backpacking
Trying to Remain Positive in Sub-Freezing Temperatures

Pack(s):
Osprey Men’s Atmos 65 AG
Thrupack Summit Bum Fanny Pack

Clothing:
Arcteryx Cerium LT Hoodie
Merino Wool Baselayer Bottoms
FITS Hiking Socks (2 pairs)
Lightweight Polyester Pullover
Nike Running Shorts
Synthetic Button Up Hiking Shirt
Merino Wool Buff
Camp Shoes
Hiking Shoes (Went through four pairs)
Rain Shell

Sleeping Gear:
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture
NEMO Tango Duo Slim Quilt
MSR Hubba Hubba NX Two Person Tent Poles
Towel

camping virginia
Camping somewhere in Virginia

Electronics:
Headlamp
Phone
Battery Pack

Water:
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
2 64oz Bladders (empty)

Cooking:
5-7 Days of Food two people
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
Fuel Canister
Miniature Lighter
1 Camp Bowl
2 Sporks

First Aid:

fanny pack
Thrupack Summit Bum Fanny Pack

Human Kit:
Neosporin
Gauze & Ace Bandage
Band-Aids
Duct Tape
Moleskin
Ibuprofen
Benadryl

Dog Kit:
Children’s dissolvable Benadryl tablets
Hydrogen Peroxide
Neosporin
Gauze & Ace Bandage
Medical Records
Tick Collar
Bravecto
Sentinel
Tweezers

For the Parents:
Delorme InReach GPS Communication Device

 

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1 thought on “What’s in a Thru-Hiker’s Backpack?

  1. karolsmusings

    What was your pack(s) w ugh this on “first food day” before y’all started eating down some of the weight?

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