Ultralight Backpacking Gear List – What To Take?

Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Whether you are going backpacking for three days or a few months, there are some essentials that you will need. Following is a list of the things you will need to include in your Ultralight backpacking gear.

Backpacking Gear List

– Food – Snacks like granola bars, trail mixes, crackers, cookies, beef jerky, poptarts, raw fruit and veggies, soup mixes, gum and candy.
– Drinks – Water, electrolyte drinks, teas, and hot chocolate/coffee/hot tea.
– Clothing – Wear layers, preferably thermals, but not cotton. A bandana is good, also a rain cover of some sort, waterproof hiking boots, and good socks.
– Sleeping bag
– Camp stove if cooking
– A Pot with a lid if cooking
– A spoon if cooking
– Binoculars
– A tent
– Matches
– Toilet paper
– First aid kit
– Phone

Recommended Lightweight Sleeping Bags To Buy

– Feathered Friends – Lightweight at 1 pound 7 ounces to 1 pound and 13 ounces depending on model. Very expensive, but popular nonetheless. Has a contoured hood. Comes in a variety of colors.
– Mountainsmith – Not very lightweight at 2 pounds and 4 ounces, but more affordable. Has an adjustable hood.
– REI – Some of these sleeping bags can be a little heftier than the others, as much as 4 pounds. But, the designs are very appealing. They even have a 2-person sleeping bag.

Recommended Backpacking Water Purifier To Consider

– General Ecology First Need Water Purifier – 15 ounces and $106
– Hydro-Photon Steripen Adventurer Water Purifier – 3.6 ounces and $100-120.
– Katadyn Exstream XR Purifier Water Bottle – 8 ounces and about $80, but you get 125 bottles of water out of one cartridge.

Recommended Backpacking Tents

– Hilleberg Allak – Is a 6-pound, 2 person, free standing tent. Very expensive at a price tag of $835.
– Marmot Aura 2P – This is a 5 pound 2-person tent for $329.00. Has an optional gear loft.
– MSR Carbon Reflex 2 is also a 2-person tent and is the lightest at 3 pounds. But, has a price tag of $499.95.

In conclusion, the must haves for your ultralight backpacking gear are a good sleeping down bag, a weatherproof tent, food, money, and let’s not forget the all-important toilet paper.

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