Backpack to carry it all
Get fitted by a professional who can measure your torso at a place like REI. It will make a huge difference.
Collapsible silicone is great
Optional. It’s a luxury I now love, but keep it lightweight, like the Helinox Chair Zero (only 1.2 lb!)
Scentless, ideally. Even travel-sized deodorant can take up way too much room. If you’re OK with a finger application, I pack some in a tiny container to save space.
Helpful to store wet clothes or used as a poncho in a pinch
1 wide-brimmed hat or cap for day and 1 beanie or knit headband for night
An additional flashlight or lightweight lantern is a nice-to-have, but not essential
Beware the chub rub! Wear longer shorts or compression shorts, as needed
Daily meds, contacts, etc.
One pair can be re-used to stay warm at night
Tevas are a classic and lightweight option. For night, enjoy the wool socks + sandals lewk. 💅
Sleeping Bag with stuff sack
Good for a micro-bath at the end of the day
Socks for every day of hiking
Wool is best, and they should be tall enough to sit above the top of your boot
An insulating layer or second, lightweight jacket works too, depending on temperatures
Towel (small microfiber)
For every day of hiking, plus one or two extra
Water bottles + blister pack
Calculate how much water you’ll expect to drink between water sources. To give you an idea, I brought one 3L HydraPak and two 32oz Nalgenes, which was an appropriate amount for my body and hiking conditions, where I refilled 1-2x/day.
Good for carrying trash and storing used toilet paper (separately!)