Backpacking List - Working towards ultralight

A new year brings new gear! I remember when I first started to buy camping gear, my goal was to see if I could get everything to fit into one bag. I had a large ALICE pack that was modded to fit more than the regular 50L capacity, but it wasn’t large enough to accommodate my hand-me-down synthetic sleeping bag and much of anything else. As the years when by, I did my research, talked to people with more experience, and over time I picked up items that were smaller and lighter. 

Below is a list and a video of where I’m at for the 2016 summer season. I still have some improvements to make, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please share below or on YouTube. I’d love to know what you think! Do take note though that I haven’t included my food, water or clothing. I’ll be doing another video to cover those items. 

Arc'teryx Axios 35
Mountain Equipment Co-op Drake 0°C Down Sleeping Bag
Outdoor Research Compression Sack
Tarptent Pro Trail
Outdoor Research 5L Dry Sack
Black Diamond Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Tarptent Tyvek Groundsheet
Thermarest Neoair Xtherm
MSR Micro Rocket
MSR Isofuel
GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Cup/Pot
MSR Alpine Spork
Tarptent Aluminum Stakes
Toilet Paper and Ziplock Bag
Petal Tactikka XP
Aurelle Toob Toothbrush
Sun Bum SPF 50
Humangear Gotoob 
After bite
Ben’s 30 Wilderness Insect Repellant
Lip balm
Leukotape P
Sawyer Mini Water Filter
Leatherman c33x Crater Folding Knife
Fenix LD02 LED Flashlight
Outdoor Research Coyote Pack Cover
GSI Cathole Trowel 
Thermarest Z-Seat

Video by: Jeremy Meuris


  1. The latest season produces completely new tools! I remember as i primary started to invest in backpacking tools, the purpose seemed to be to discover plainly can get every little thing to install in just one case.

  2. Thanks for the list! I'm a backpacker and I love looking at things on people's list - unless I've forgotten something. I always make sure that I have my first aid kit and my waterproof matches and lighters in tow. Lately, I've purchased a solar powered charger for my gadget, so that's an additional item right there. Of course, food! For more of the best backpacking gear you will ever need, here's a good place to start

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