My trekking packing list
People sometimes ask me what to pack for their trekking trips. Relevant question indeed, but it's not too convenient to reply everyone in detail. So here is the answer - my packing list for multiday camping treks. In last years, I use it mainly in the Caucasus but it's universal - should work just as well also in South America or Central Asia.
Just to make it clear - I won't sell this as some "ultimate trekking gear backpacking list", suitable for everybody (because people differ and mountains differ, too) - this is just a list of stuff which works for me. Since this post is already quite long, it contains only not-edible parts - the rest is covered in this post about the trekking food.
I also have to admit that I am no packing guru who follows latest trends and counts every gram. I hate shopping and do it only when I absolutely have to (the older piece breaks down). And since I prefer durable gear, that doesn´t happen that often. So feel free to get inspired but keep in mind that what works for me doesn´t have to suit you.
My packing list is split into the following categories
- 1. Packing & organization
- 2. Footwear
- 3. Clothing
- 4. Camping gear
- 5. Cooking
- 6. Gadgets & Electro
- 7. Hygiene & First Aid
- 8. Common stuff (one piece in a group)
1. PACKING AND ORGANIZATION
Backpacks some in various sizes and capacities, each fitting a different purpose. Your pack should be neither too small or too large (ba dum tsss, what a surprise!) - you should be able to fit everything inside without leaving too much extra space. Extra space means that the backpack is too big and therefore too heavy - could make quite a difference since the backpack is one of the heaviest parts of your gear. Since my trekking trips often last more than a week, I have a backpack with the capacity of 70 litres. It´s quite a lot and I could save space if I attached some stuff from the outside of the pack, but I don´t want to feel like a walking Christmas tree.
And the brand? For the last 8 years, I´ve been using Treksport Tatran made by famous, but the already defunct local company (15-20 years ago, Slovak and Czech travelers could have been easily distinguished by their Treksport backpacks). It misses some modern tweaks but is almost indestructible. Also, it has a built-in raincover - if your backpack doesn´t, you will have to buy it extra.
Of course, it can´t be bought anymore. If I had to buy a backpack today, I would probably go for some lighter model such as Deuter Aircontact or Osprey Aether.
In case of emergency, you can also create a daypack from the compression sack for your sleeping bag. You just need to readjust straps.