What I Pack

From hiking for a few hours to a few days, I’m always learning how to pack smarter, thriftier, and lighter. My day pack is an Osprey children’s backpack that I bought a few years ago because the kids version wasn’t as expensive, and my multi day pack is an Arc Teryx Altra that I bought second hand. I spend a lot of time searching Value Village/ local buy and sell pages in hopes of getting good gear without the expensive price tag.

Every hiker is different, so every gear list will also be different, but here is what I usually pack. This can change drastically based on the trip, for example, I probably won’t need full rain gear for an overnight in Saskatchewan, but I probably won’t survive without it on the West Coast Trail. Everyone also has their own ‘luxury’ items that are worth carrying a bit of extra weight, like camp shoes or battery packs.

Check out my full gear breakdown for the WCT on lighterpack.com


Overnight/Multi-Day Pack

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  • Arc Teryx Altra 48l backpack (3lbs 1oz)
  • Marmot Trestles Elite -7c sleeping bag (2 lbs 14.5oz)
  • Platypus Gravityworks 4l water filter system (10.75oz)
  • TrailLite Thermarest (1lb 10oz)
  • Tent (shared)
  • Jetboil Sumo
  • Butane canister
  • Trekking poles
  • 2l bladder
  • Pack cover
  • Dry bags
  • Cup
  • Spork
  • Nalgene water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Tarp
  • Lighter and waterproof matches
  • Bear spray
  • Garmin InReach Explorer


  • Hiking boots
  • T-Shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Puffy Jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Lightweight shorts
  • Sunglasses and eyeglasses
  • Rain pants (optional)
  • Smartwool socks
  • Camp sandals
  • Underwear
  • Sports bra
  • Toque
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Gaiters
  • Buff
  • Baseball cap


  • First Aid Kit
  • Blister tape/2nd skin
  • Toothbrush
  • Small toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Makeup wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Toilet paper
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Advil/Pepto/Other medication


  • Electronic charger pack
  • Photo Identification
  • Trail Map


  • Playing Cards
  • Earphones
  • Cash (for hikes like the West Coast Trail)
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite