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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Backpack, Shelter, Sleep System

  • Big Agnes Rattlesnake 2P Tent (4.1 lbs)
  • Arc Teryx Altra 48l backpack (3lbs 1oz) OR North Face Terra 55l (3lb 9oz)
  • Marmot Trestles Elite -7c sleeping bag (2lbs 14.5oz)
  • Thermarest Neoair XLite (0.79 lbs)

Total Weight : 10.1 – 10.9 lbs

Other Gear

  • Trekking poles
  • Pack cover
  • Dry bags
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Camp towel
  • Lighter and waterproof matches


  • Platypus 2l reservoir
  • Platypus Gravityworks 4l water filter system (10.75oz)
  • Nalgene water bottle


  • Jetboil Sumo
  • Bowl
  • Collapsible coffee cup
  • Spork


  • Propane canister
  • Mini toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Advil/Pepto/Other medication

Carried Clothing

  • Puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Toque
  • Camp shoes
  • Underwear

Worn Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • T-Shirt
  • Fleece
  • Hiking pants
  • Lightweight shorts
  • Sunglasses and eyeglasses
  • Socks
  • Baseball cap


  • Blister tape/2nd skin
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Makeup wipes
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Toilet paper
  • Tweezers
  • Kula Cloth


  • Bear spray
  • Air horn
  • First Aid Kit
  • C Splint


  • Garmin InReach
  • IPhone
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
  • Earphones
  • Battery charger pack


  • Photo Identification
  • Trail Map


  • Harness
  • Leash with waist band
  • Collapsible bowl
  • Dog sleeping bag
  • Dog emergency harness
  • Dog food