One of the practices that Darren and I follow is to maintain a packing list. Over the years, we have had several lists floating around. Recently, we combined all of these into one comprehensive list that we call our “Master Packing List.” It includes everything that we could bring, grouped by category. This practice makes it easy to tailor our list for a particular trip. Thus, this packing list can be used for all types of travel, including backpacking, international travel, car-camping, or simply an overnighter at a friend’s house.

Take a look at our master list by category:

Luggage

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
Carry-on SuitcaseEagle Creek Luggage Load Warrior Wheeled Duffel 22$167.305 lbs
Hut / Village BackpackOsprey Packs Farpoint 40 (Darren) Osprey Packs Fairview 40 (Sandy)$159.003 lbs 2 oz
Wilderness BackpackOsprey Packs Exos 58 Backpack $180.002 lbs. 3 oz.

Darren’s Packing List

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
Clothing
Packing organizerSea to Summit Ultra-SIL Dry Sack$23.951.6 oz.
ShirtColumbia Men's Silver Ridge Long-Sleeve Shirt$42.008.1 oz.
PantsColumbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pants$49.0010.6 oz.
UnderwearAdidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Trunk$24 (2 pair)2.6 oz.
HatOutdoor Research Sun Runner Cap$27.003.2 oz.
Sunglasses
SocksBalega Blister Resist No Show Athletic Running Socks$13.001 oz.
ShoesHoka One One Men's Speedgoat 2 Trail Shoe$140.009.8 oz.
PJ topREI Co-op Tech T-Shirt - Men's$12.006 oz.
PJ bottomREI Co-op Boxers - Men's$14.004 oz.
GaitersUltra Gam$15.001 oz.
Walking sticksMonoprice Aluminum Trekking Poles $12.9918 oz
Trekking glovesGrease Monkey Pro Fingerless All Purpose Work Gloves$16.001.6 oz.
Extra socksInjinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No-Show Toe Socks$12.001 oz.
Waterproof jacketOutdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket$120.005.6 oz.
Waterproof pantsOutdoor Research Men's Helium Pants$90.005.6 oz.
All-Weather glovesSeirus Innovation Men's Hyperlite All Weather Glove$34.992.4 oz.
SandalsXero Shoes Z-Trail - Men's Lightweight Hiking and Running Sandal$85.0010 oz.
Fleece hatColumbia Thermarator Hat$20.002 oz
Puff jacketThe North Face Men's Thermoball Jacket$200.008 oz.
Fleece socksLAYs Cashmere Bed Socks$3.003 oz.
Base topColumbia Men's Midweight Half Zip Omni Heat Top$36.008 oz.
Head lampPetzl E+LITE Emergency Headlamp$49.881 oz.
PillowSea To Summit Aeros Pillow Premium$34.004 oz.
Base bottomSmartwool Men's Merino 150 Baselayer Bottom$75.007.2 oz.
Ear plugsHoward Leight Laser Lite Foam Earplugs (20ct)$4.501.0 oz.
Head netSea to Summit Mosquito Head Nets$9.950.8 oz.
Cell Phone / CameraSamsung Note 8
Battery chargerAnker Powercore Ii 10000, Ultra-Compact 10000mAh Portable Charger, Fast Charge $35.997 oz.
Toiletries
HairbrushFolding Hair Brush With Mirror Compact Pocket Size$8.74 (pack of 2)0.6 oz
AntiperspirantDove Men+Care Clean Comfort Anti-Perspirant$9.280.5 oz.
RazorGillette Mach3 Men's Razor$7.351.8 oz.
ChapstickBlistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15$2.791 oz.
SunscreenBanana Boat Sun Screen Sport Spray SPF 30$10.591.8 oz.
Mosquito repellentRepel Sportsman Insect Repellent Stick$5.731.6 oz.
ToothpasteColgate Toothpaste Travel Size$6.47 (pack of 6)0.75 oz.
ToothbrushTravel Folding Soft Toothbrush$5.95 (2 Pack)1.3 oz.
FlossOral-B Glide Pro-Health$14.97
SoapDr. Bronner's 2 oz Liquid Soap$9.992 oz.
TowelREI Co-op Multi Towel Lite Small $9.950.7 oz.

Sandy’s Packing List

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
Clothing
Packing organizerOsprey Ultralight 12 Dry Sack, One Size$20.002 oz.
Short sleeve shirtUnder Armour Women's Tech SpaceDye Short Sleeve$25.004 oz.
SleevesUltra Gam$15.001 oz.
Long sleeve shirtColumbia Silver Ridge Lite Long Sleeve Shirt$50.004 oz
PantsColumbia Women's Saturday Trail II Convertible Pants$64.958.8 oz.
Underwear topIbex Outdoor Clothing Balance Bralette (discontinued)$43.001.6 oz.
Underwear bottomWoolX Roxie- Women's Bikini- Lightweight Merino Wool Underwear$26.952.4 oz.
Sun hatJFH Sun Hat Headwear Extreme Condition$9.293.9 oz.
Hiking hatOutdoor Research Sun Runner Cap$27.003.2 oz.
Sunglasses
SocksDarn Tough Hiker 1/4 Cushion Sock - Women's$18.002 oz
ShoesHoka One One Women's Speedgoat 2 Trail Shoe$140.008.2 oz
PJ topWoolX Women's Basix Tee$39.003.5 oz.
PJ bottomColumbia Omni-Heat Midweight Baselayer Womens Tight$52.955.5 oz.
GaitersOutdoor Research Sparkplug Gaiters $15.001 oz.
Walking sticksBLACK DIAMOND Trail Back Trekking Poles$67.001 lb. 4 oz.
Trekking glovesGrease Monkey Pro Fingerless All Purpose Work Gloves$16.001.6 oz.
Extra socksInjinji Women's Run Lightweight No-Show Toe Socks$12.001.9 oz.
Waterproof jacketOutdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket$159.005.5 oz.
Waterproof pantsOutdoor Research OR Women's Helium Pants$119.005.9 oz.
All-Weather glovesSeirus Innovation Men's Hyperlite All Weather Glove$34.992.4 oz.
SandalsTeva Women's Original Universal Sandal$45.0010 oz.
Fleece hatColumbia Thermarator Hat$20.002 oz.
Puff jacketPatagonia Women's Down Sweater$200.0010.4 oz.
Base topColumbia Women's Heavyweight Half Zip Baselayer Omni Heat Top$44.008.1 oz.
Head lampPetzl E+LITE Emergency Headlamp$49.881 oz.
Pillow (modified to make smaller and lighter)Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow$24.955 oz.
Ear plugsMack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs - 6 Pair$4.001.0 oz.
Head netSea to Summit Mosquito Head Nets$9.950.8 oz.
Cell Phone / CameraSamsung S9+
Battery chargerAnker Powercore Ii 10000, Ultra-Compact 10000mAh Portable Charger, Fast Charge $35.997 oz.
Toiletries
HairbrushFolding Hair Brush With Mirror Compact Pocket Size$8.74 (pack of 2)0.6 oz
AntiperspirantDove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick, Cool Essentials$11.99 (pack of 6)0,5 oz
ChapstickBlistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15$2.791 oz.
SunscreenBanana Boat Sun Screen Sport Spray SPF 30$11.50 (pack of 2)1.8 oz.
Mosquito repellentSawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin (twin pack)$5.301 oz.
ToothbrushTravel Folding Soft Toothbrush$5.95 (2 Pack)1.3 oz.
ToothpasteColgate Toothpaste Travel Size$6.47 (pack of 6)0.75 oz.
Soft picksGUM Soft-Picks Original Dental Picks$5.50 (pack of 100)
SoapDr. Bronner's 2 oz Liquid Soap$9.992 oz.
TowelREI Co-op Multi Towel Lite Small $9.950.7 oz.

Backpacking
Basics List

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
TentREI Quarter Dome 3 Tent$399.004 lbs. 9 oz.
Tent padCustom (Tyvek) - Fits Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3$22.00
Sleeping bagREI Magma Trail Quilt$299.001 lb. 3 oz.
Sleeping padSea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Mat$129.9515.5 oz.
Satellite communicatorGarmin inReach Mini$349.993.5 oz.
First aid kitHomemade
Clothing insect repellentSawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent$19.99
Repair kitHomemade
MicrospikesKahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction$69.0010 oz.
Bear canisterBear Vault Bear Resistant Food Canister$80.002lbs 9oz.
UrsackUrsack Major Black Bear Bag $84.957.6 oz.

Backpacking
Cooking List

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
StoveJetboil Flash Personal Cooking System$100.0015 oz.
FuelJetboil Jetpower 4-Season Fuel Blend$10.407.2oz
Pot adapterJetboil Stainless Steel Pot Support$12.251.2 oz.
PotJetboil 1.5 Liter FluxRing Cooking Pot$60.0012 oz.
Water bottles (we buy this product for the container and not the water)Smartwater 1L (Quantity 6)$6.991.2 oz.
Collapsible water bottlesEVERNEW Water Carry System, 900ml$10.751 oz.
SoapDr. Bronner's 2 oz Liquid Soap$9.992 oz.
ScraperMSR Alpine Dish Brush/Scraper$4.951.6 oz.
Water filterSawyer Products PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System$20.699.1 oz.
SporksTOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spork with Polished Bowl$11.950.65 oz
CupsSea to Summit X Mug$14.002.7 oz.

Backpacking
Favorite Food List

In addition to the items below, we are big believers in bringing as much “real” food as possible. One of our favorite places to stock up is at Trader Joe’s grocery stores. There, we can buy dried fruit, nuts, veggie chips, jerky, coconut oil packets, cookies and even hand sanitizer. The photo above shows our Trader Joe’s items for our Arizona Trail trek.

ItemSpecific ItemCostWeight
DinnersGood To-Go Varies - around $12.50 per type for double serving
6.6 oz
Mountain House 6 pack pouches Varies - around $45.00 per flavor for double serving
Varies
BreakfastsBobo's Oat Bars All Natural, Gluten Free 6 Flavor Variety, 2 of Each Flavor$39.99 (pack of 12)3 oz each
CoffeeStarbucks Via Italian Roast Coffee$15.89 (2 pack - total 16).11 oz each

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