BACKPACKING GEAR GUIDE | What To Pack
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BACKPACKING GEAR GUIDE | What To Pack


– Hey guys, it’s Matt. Today I’m going to share my lightweight backpacking gear setup, everything I pack on multi-day hiking and trekking adventures around the world. I always find it fun to see
what other gear people pack so I thought today I’d share
my setup with you guys. I’m in the mountains of Italy packed up for a two night
backpacking adventure. While my gear can change
depending on the season, the location and the length of my trip, my basic setup is the same. First up, my backpack. This is a Gregory Zulu 55 liter backpack. It’s really comfortable,
super lightweight. They make different sizes. They make a 65 liter of this. I believe there’s lower
sizes too like a 40 liter. This webbing helps keep air flowing so your back doesn’t sweat and there’s a stretch pocket on the front for stuffing rain gear and enough padding to keep it comfortable on
your waist and shoulders. This is my tent it’s a NEMO
Hornet two-person tent. It’s super lightweight
but comfortable too, pretty good in bad weather situations. The tent weighs 2.6
pounds or about one kilo. I often use this tent on solo trips and while there’s a vestibule,
there’s plenty of room inside for my backpack and my camera
gear to keep it nice and dry. If I’m traveling with a friend
and we’re sharing a tent, I generally bring a different
one because this one can be a little cramped but
it is doable with two people if you need it to. My sleeping bags are also from NEMO. This one is a rift. It’s 30 degree rating. I have another one that
is a zero degree rating also from NEMO. What I like about these bags
is they’re crazy comfortable, super warm and they pack down really tiny and they’re pretty lightweight as well. It’s a down sleeping bag. On top of that I also
have a little camp pillow, inflatable camp pillow. This one’s from Trekology. My sleeping pad is the
Sea to Summit Etherlight. It’s four inches thick, insulated pad, it only weighs 15 ounces. So, it’s really light packs down small and this is the most
comfortable sleep I’ve had camping outside in years. This is my cooking kit
right here in this REI bag. For a stove I use the MSR WhisperLite. It’s really good in windy conditions, boils water super fast. I also pack GSI outdoors mug. It’s insulated mug with
a top that locks shut, great for keeping your
coffee warm for a long time and so you don’t spill it inside your tent or anything like that. I also bring a long-handled
spoon, a camp spoon to dig into those bags of
dehydrated backpacker food which I’ll show you next. This is my Kevlar bear bag
where I keep all my food to keep it safe from
you know very unlikely but possibly bears, more likely rodents. Rodents will chew through
your backpack, your tent, all kinds of stuff to get your food but they can’t chew
through this Kevlar bag. For breakfasts, I usually pack
oatmeal and dried berries. For dinners I like to do
traditional backpacking food, these are from good to
go really tasty Pad Thai. And then for snacks on the trail, I’ll do a couple bags trail mix depending on you know how long the trip is as well as energy bars and that’s usually what I have for lunch. Next up, water and filtration. I prefer to carry a
traditional Nalgene bottle, holds one liter but I also bring a water filter. This is a Sawyer MINI and I attach that to one of these foldable water bags. These are made from Ever New and I can pack a couple of these with me. I can fill them up if I need extra water, drink it through the the filter here but then when I’m in camp, I try to boil liter water
before I head out the next day and put it in the Nelgene. Oh, yeah and I also bring
some aqua tabs as a backup. Hiking shoes I usually wear
these La Sportiva Akyra trail running shoes, helps a lot if you’re trying to stay
light and fast on the trail but occasionally on
bigger backpacking trips in Greenland and Afghanistan
that lasts 10 plus days in really rugged conditions, I also own some Scarpa
heavy-duty backpacking boots and I’ll wear those in those
more extreme situations. I also packed these Luna
sandals, trail running sandals and these are kind of my camp shoes for at the end of the day. I wanna get my hiking
sneakers or boots off and let my feet relax a bit. I thrown on these sandals for around camp. Clothing, I’m gonna share
what I wear on the hike as well as spare clothing. I like to have some
lightweight trekking pants. These are let’s see if
I can pronounce it right Fjallraven Abisko Lite trekking pants. They have some zippers on the side for a little air conditioning but the really light and tough. I usually wear these hiking and then I’ll have a
second set as a spare. For a shirt I generally do like a either a merino
or a synthetic t-shirt as well as a zip up fleece for a mid layer and I’ll do a back up t-shirt as well. For socks I’ll have one
pair of light wool socks while I’m hiking a second backup pair and depending on the hike, I possibly will bring a third pair that’s a little bit thicker
for super cold weather or if I think it’s gonna get wet. Underwear, I have one pair
on and then a backup pair. This brand is called sacks and they make really cool, lightweight,
breathable boxer briefs and now they’re my favorite. For warm layers I usually
have a fleece pullover as well as a lightweight down jacket. I may just have one or
both depending on the trip. I carry a set of gloves, a thin merino hat as well as some thermal
underwear, very important. And on really cold weather
trips I’ll actually bring just a thicker pair or a
thin pair and a thick pair just depends on the trip. For outerwear, I have a
waterproof, windproof shell jacket with a hood as well as waterproof pants that are easy to get into if
it starts to rain suddenly. I use our Arcteryx stuff for outerwear but there’s all kinds of different options that are probably a bit cheaper than that. First aid kit. You can buy a pre-made first aid kit which is what I initially did and that’s why I have this
Adventure Medical Kits bag but I kept the bag and
redid the kit custom depending on how many days
I’m gonna be out there. But it has the basics you
know gauze, bandages, Imodium, ibuprofen, rehydration
salts, all kinds of stuff maybe I’ll talk about what’s
in this bag in a future video. Sun protection, I am super lily-white so and I burn really easily so I always bring a hat, some sunglasses, a buff which is really
handy for not only wind but also protecting your head
from the sun, head and neck as well as a tube of sunscreen. And my poop kit. Nice little green bag,
makes it easy to find. In here I have a lightweight
trowel to dig a cat hole, some toilet paper for
depending on how long the trips gonna be, a zip lock bag to pack
out the dirty toilet paper so I don’t leave a trace, we have some wet wipes and then of course a little
tube of antibacterial gel for the hands. Headlamp, this is a Black Diamond Storm and backup batteries I just
bring one set for the headlamp. It helps to get a headlamp
that has a locking feature for the on/off button, that way you can lock it off
so it won’t turn on by accident in your bag and drain all your batteries. Some sort of knife. I prefer a lightweight hunting knife. This is an Enzo Trapper
but you can also just bring a pocketknife if you want to. Sometimes I’ll also bring a small, really small Leatherman Juice
that I put in my repair bag as like a backup. Speaking of, here’s my little repair bag. In here I’ve got about
50 feet of paracord, a little sewing kit. What else do we have? Some compression straps, zip ties you never know when
these will come in handy, replacement buckle for my
waist strap on the backpack, duct tape again also very handy. What else? A repair kit for my sleeping pad and some spares zip locks
or trash bags as well. This is my toiletry kit. In the blue one here, I have things like my
toothbrush, toothpaste, a razor and some natural shaving cream because I do like to shave my head every once in a while on long trips as well as a lightweight camp towel and washcloth. For navigation, I carry a couple things. This is a Garmin inReach Mini. It’s a satellite
communicator and GPS device. I can send text messages
to my family members, they can send text messages back. It’s also an emergency
beacon if I like fall and break my leg or something on a hike. My main navigation tool
though is my smartphone and Gaia GPS, this app
that’s really handy. You can pre download an area
even if there’s no signal for your phone, you can still
use the GPS in your phone and see all the trails. As a backup of course I bring
a paper map and a compass. For a fire starter kit, I
generally keep it simple. Two BIC lighters, one
big one in my pocket, a small one in my waterproof first-aid kit as well as some cotton
balls wrapped in Vaseline which works great as a fire
starter even in wet conditions and I’d have a few waterproof
windproof matches as well. And finally, some trekking poles. As I’ve gotten older,
I’m in my late 30s now, sometimes I have some issues with my knees going downhill in really steep sections for a long period of time. Some lightweight trekking poles have made all the difference. I highly recommend them. These are Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z. What I really like about
these is that they break down super small and they weigh almost nothing and it just helps make
my hiking experience a little more comfortable. So, how much does all this stuff weigh? Well, my backpack’s base
weight which means everything but food, fuel and water weighs 20 pounds and that’s about nine kilos. 20 pounds is considered a
lightweight backpacking setup. Now, there’s some people out there called ultralight
backpackers who can get down to like 10 pounds which is crazy to me but my backpacking gear
these days is far lighter and more comfortable than it was when I first started doing
this stuff, like 20 years ago and my feet and my back thank me for it. You may be wondering how I
pack in all my camera gear. Here’s a hint, I’ll save
that for a future video. Do you guys have any suggestions
for cool backpacking gear? Make sure to leave a comment below and I’ll check them out.

7 Comments

  • Hadrian Cliff

    Just bought the mavic 2 zoom. I know you have the pro but I really liked the zoom features over the quality. I only shoot in 1080 anyway as I find its good enough for me. Regards to you, Anna, baby Dylan and fluffcat. 👍👍

  • Spanish and Go

    Great video, Matt! It looks like you've done an excellent job getting the essentials packed down into a really light setup! Fantastic gear guide. I'll definitely refer back to this if May and I decide to go on a long hiking trip someday. Cheers! -Jim

  • Expert Vagabond

    Do you have any favorite backpacking gear? Let me know in the comments!
    For a free backpacking checklist, check out my blog: https://expertvagabond.com/backpacking-gear-checklist/

  • Adventures in Backpacking

    Great breakdown of your gear. Looking forward to your future video on packing in your camera gear. We are currently researching practical options for carrying camera gear in the backcountry.

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