Thinking about…what was in my backpack at the end of my Appalachian Trail hike


While I began with more then 55 pounds in food and equipment, it’s important I share the list of gear from the end of the hike, since that best represents just how little you can get by with while on the trail.  This list is not the definitive; everyone will have their own variation.  My it be a useful rule of thumb for those planning a long distance backpacking trip.

trying out the new sleeping bag

Sleeping bag (North Face, rated to -15 degrees, synthetic fill)

Cord (50 foot, parachute)

Candle lantern, extra candle

Journal/pen/pencil

Walking staff

Collapsable water bag

Nylon clothing bag

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Bandanna

Hiking boots

Wool stocking hat

Synthetic vest

Hiking short

Woolen gloves

Raincoat (Gore-tex, North Face)

Backpack cover (rainproof)

Washrag

wool socks

Wool socks, 3 pair

Liner socks, 2 pair (polypropylene)

Acorn slippers/camp shoes

Long pants

Woolen shirt

T-Shirt

Baseball cap

Croakies (for eyeglass security)

Cooking set

Plastic mug

Tin Mugs

Pot holder, eating spoon

Eyedropper (for white gas for Svea stove)

Lighter/matches

Backpacking stove (Svea 123)

Fuel tank (white gas for stove)

2 Nalgene 32 oz. Water bottles

Backpack (Kelty Tioga)

Toilet paper

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1st aid kit/manual

Book

Ace bandage

Headnet

Spice rack

Pocket change

I.D. Card/credit card

Soap

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Pot scrubber

Extra clevis pin for backpack repair

Food

Vitamins

Knife

Nail clippers

Whistle

Chapstick

Potable aqua (water purification)

English: OFF insect repellant spray.

Aspirin

Sunglasses

Mirror

Razor

Pocket comb

Toothbrush/toothpaste

Insect repellent

Flashlight/bulb/batteries

Compass

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