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 trips. In last years, I use it mainly in the Caucasus but it's universal - should work just as well also for hiking 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. And since it´s 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)
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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 (which would tempt you to pack what you don´t really need). Since my trekking trips often last more than a week, I have a backpack with the capacity of 70 litres. I could save space if I attached some stuff from the outside of the pack, but it could get lost of damaged during flights (and 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 were 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.
Quality here doesn´t matter as much, it should be just light and compressible. I use a simple daypack from Decathlon, if you want something better, I recommend Ultrasil Daypack.
In case of emergency, you can create a daypack from the compression sack for your sleeping bag. You just need to readjust straps.
money belt from Raytix - not sure if there is some difference between individual brands but this one has served me well so far.