Category: Packing lists

Milford Track Packing List

If you’ve read our Guide to the Milford Track you may be wondering what our packing list looked like. Well, here it is! Below you’ll find a detailed packing list that will…

If you’ve read our Guide to the Milford Track you may be wondering what our packing list looked like. Well, here it is!

Below you’ll find a detailed packing list that will provide you with great, trail-tested gear that won’t weigh down your backpack too much. This list reflects our personal packing list which will vary for each individual’s specific needs. However, this should serve as a great starting point for planning your own Milford Track adventure!

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Backpacking Gear List

Camping Gear Personal Gear Women’s Clothing Men’s Clothing

Camping Gear

ItemOur recommended gear 
Map & CompassSportneer Compass
TentSierra Designs - Clip Flashlight 2This is the best budget tent on the market!
Sleeping bagMarmot Trestles 15
Sleeping padNemo Astro Sleeping PadIf you are a side sleeper this is a must!
PillowTherm-a-Rest pillowIf you're camping more than a few nights you will be glad you packed this!
HeadlampBlack Diamond Storm headlamp
StoveMSR Pocket Rocket StoveIan has used this stove for nearly a decade and highly recommends it!
Bear canister (or nylon cord to hang food)Bear Vault BV500
Backpacking potGSI Halulite
UtensilsHumangear SporkBest $4 you will ever spend!
Plate/Bowl/MugMSR Deep Dish plate , MSR Stainless Steel mug

Personal Gear

ItemOur recommended gear 
Water-treatment systemMSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
Multi-toolGerber Suspension Multi-Plier
First-aid kitAdventure Medical Kits
Camel BakCamel Bak Crux - 100 oz.Way easier than a water bottle!
Small day-packCotopaxi Luzon 18LGreat for side hikes.
Pack-coverSea to Summit Pack coverThe best pack-cover we've ever used.
Men's backpackGregory Baltoro 75L
Women's backpackOsprey Aura 65L
Trekking polesBlack Diamond Trail Back Trekking polesEssential for long downhills!
Fire starter
Dry bagsSea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry SackKeeps your clothes and other items dry in a downpour!
Sunscreen

Women’s Clothing

ItemOur recommended gear 
UnderwearAdidas Climacool underwearVery packable and easy to wash on the go!
SocksDarn Tough Hiker Micro CrewIn our opinion, these are the best hiking socks available. Your feet will thank you!
Sports BraBrooks Rebound Racer Sports BraThis is the most versatile, comfortable, and high-quality sports bra that Emily has found on the market.
Long sleeve base layerSmartwool Women's NTS Mid 250 Crew
Short sleeve hiking shirtMountain Hardwear Wicked shirt
LeggingsNike Power Essential Running Tight
Running shortsLululemon Run Speed ShortsThese shorts are so comfortable, packable, and quick-drying, that Emily didn't even feel the need to buy hiking-specific shorts.
Down jacketPatagonia Down Sweater JacketLightweight, super warm, and packs down small. This jacket was perfect for this kind of trip!
Rain jacketKelty All-Weather JacketAn affordable and high-quality all-weather jacket that packs up small.
Hiking bootsKeen Targhee II Mid Hiking BootEmily has had these boots for five years and hundreds of muddy, snowy hikes, and they are still going strong!
GaitersOutdoor Research Crocodile GaiterEssential for steam crossings and thick willows.
SunglassesSuncloud Loveseat Polarized SunglassesGood quality sunglasses are essential when you're in the mountains all day. And these are stylish too!
Hat
Sandals/Camp shoesChaco ZCloudThese are a must for the stream crossings!
BandanaBuff UV Headband
PonchoTotes Rain Poncho

Men’s Clothing

ItemOur recommended gear 
UnderwearExofficio Give-N-Go boxerHighly recommended!
SocksDarn Tough Hiker Micro CrewIn our opinion, these are the best hiking socks available. Your feet will thank you!
Long sleeve base layerSmartwool Men's NTS Mid 250 CrewVery versatile mid-weight base layer
Short sleeve hiking shirtMoutain Hardwear Wicked shirt
Hiking pantsPrana Brion pantsThese are great for hiking and also look great walking around town!
Hiking shortsPrana Brion shortsAwesome shorts that are great for hiking.
Down jacketPatagonia Down Sweater HoodieSuper warm, and super packable
Rain jacketOutdoor Research Helium II jacketA good rain jacket is a must!
HatOutdoor Research Performance Trucker hat
SandalsChaco Z1Great for stream crossing and hanging around camp.
GaitersOutdoor Research Crocodile GaiterEssential for stream crossings and thick willows.
Hiking bootsVasque Talus UltradrySuper comfortable and super waterproof!
BandanaLevi's bandana
Digital watchCasio Classic Sports watchAll you'll ever need
PonchoTotes Rain PonchoThis is often the most effective way to stay dry while hiking. And it's cheap!
SunglassesSuncloud Mayor Polarized sunglasses
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Snowshoeing Packing List

While snowshoeing shares many similarities with summer hiking, it does require some different gear.  Our packing list will ensure that you have everything you need to stay warm and get…

While snowshoeing shares many similarities with summer hiking, it does require some different gear.  Our packing list will ensure that you have everything you need to stay warm and get the most out of your next snowshoeing adventure.

ItemOur RecommendationComments
Snowshoes (Men's)Crescent Moon Silver 9 SnowshoesThis local Colorado company makes the best snowshoes around. They are lightweight, comfortable, and durable.
Snowshoes (Women's)Crescent Moon Silver 13 Women's SnowshoesThis women's-specific model is engineered for the female body to make walking in them feel more natural.
Men's Snow BootsSalomon Men's X Ultra Winter BootsIan has used and loved his Salomon winter boots for over 10 years! They still keep his feet warm and dry.
Women's Snow BootsSorel Women's Caribou BootsThese boots are comfortable enough to hike in all and stylish enough to wear into town at night.
BaselayerSmartWool Merino 150 Baselayer- Long SleeveThese shirts are expensive, but they are truly amazing! Always warm, not too hot, never smelly, and they last for years!
GaitersOutdoor Research Men's Rocky Mountain High GaitersHigh-quality gaiters are an essential piece of snowshoeing equipment for keeping your feet warm and dry. These gaiters stay firmly in place and they are completely waterproof.

Smaller women: Be sure to buy the women's-specific model, as the men's may be too large.
Ski GogglesBolle Mojo Snow GogglesThese offer much-appreciated protection from the wind, snow, and sun.
Snow Baskets (for hiking poles)Kelty Snow BasketsPoles offer great stability and support when hiking on deep or slippery snow/ice. These inexpensive baskets will keep your poles from slicing all the way through the snow.
Hydration BladderCamelBak Unisex Crux Hydration Reservoir- 1.5LWhile not a necessity, a bladder will allow you to drink frequently without having to stop hiking and take off your gloves to open a water bottle. It also keeps your water from freezing, since it's kept warmer near your body and inside your pack.
Down JacketPatagonia Down SweaterSuper warm when you need it, and perfectly packable and lightweight for when you don't.
Fleece JacketMarmot Norhiem Women's Sweater Knit Fleece JacketThis is the perfect mid-layer. It adds a lot of warmth without being too bulky.
Glove LinersSeirus 2116 Innovation Heatwave Glove LinerSure, these shiny silver liners look a little silly, but they work! They add quite a bit of warmth, while being thin and flexible underneath your heavier outer gloves.
GlovesHestra Fall Line Leather GlovesThese are the warmest, most flexible gloves around. Well worth the money!
Hat and/or Ear WarmerThe North Face Triple Cable Pom BeanieThis hat is warm and cozy, stays in place on your head, and looks great.
SnacksBananas, peanut butter, dried fruit, and nuts all make great fuel
Thermos of Hot Cocoa or CoffeeTrust us, you'll be glad you brought it.
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Backpacking Gear on a Budget

So, you want to take that first big backpacking trip. You’ve gotten your body into decent shape, you’ve saved up your vacation days, and maybe you’ve even used some of…

So, you want to take that first big backpacking trip. You’ve gotten your body into decent shape, you’ve saved up your vacation days, and maybe you’ve even used some of our strategies to book your travel for free. Way to go! You’re ready! Except, you just need a backpack…and maybe some trekking poles….and most of the other items on our packing list. If you’re like us, you enjoy spending your hard-earned money on experiences, not stuff. Before we embarked on the Tour of Mont Blanc, I didn’t have much gear to my name.  As a Chicago native, I had acquired hiking boots at some point during my decade of living in Colorado, and I had running clothes, but little else. I’d previously gotten by borrowing Ian’s way-too-big, broken-frame backpack for shorter trips, but I knew that wouldn’t cut it for an 11-day trek. Believe it or not, I was able to procure all of the high-quality gear I needed for the trip without stretching my uber-tight budget even a little bit. Here’s how I did it:

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Aspen to Crested Butte Packing List

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is a Colorado classic. These two iconic mountain towns are linked by a spectacular trail that takes you over West Maroon Pass. You…

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is a Colorado classic. These two iconic mountain towns are linked by a spectacular trail that takes you over West Maroon Pass. You can read our Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte here.

Below you’ll find our packing list for this adventure!

 

Personal Gear

ItemOur recommended gear 
BackpackGregory Zulu 40L backpackPerfect size for a quick overnight trip.
Pack-coverSea to Summit Pack coverThe best pack-cover we've ever used.
Camel BakCamel Bak Crux - 100 oz.Way easier than a water bottle!
Dry bagsSea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry SackKeeps your clothes and other items dry in a downpour!
Multi-toolGerber Suspension Multi-Plier
First-aid kitAdventure Medical Kits
Trekking PolesBlack Diamond Trail Back trekking polesGreat on the long downhill sections.
HeadlampBlack Diamond Storm headlamp
CameraSony a5100 mirrorless camera

 

Men’s Clothing

ItemOur recommended gear 
Underwear (2 pairs)Exofficio Give-N-Go boxerHighly recommended! You can easily wash these in sinks or showers. A must!
Socks (2 pairs)Darn Tough Hiker Micro CrewIn our opinion, these are the best hiking socks available. Your feet will thank you!
Long sleeve base layer (1)Smartwool Men's NTS Mid 250 CrewVery versatile mid-weight base layer
Short sleeve hiking shirt (1)Moutain Hardwear Wicked shirt
Hiking pants (1)Prana Brion pantsThese are great for hiking and also look great walking around town!
Hiking shorts (1)Prana Brion shortsAwesome shorts that are great for hiking.
Down jacketPatagonia Down Seater HoodieSuper warm, and super packable
Rain jacketOutdoor Research Helium II jacketA good rain jacket is a must!
HatOutdoor Research Performance Trucker hat
SandalsChaco Z1You'll definitely want these for the stream crossings.
GaitersOutdoor Research Crocodile GaiterEssential for stream crossings and thick willows.
Hiking bootsVasque Talus UltradrySuper comfortable and super waterproof!
BandanaLevi's bandana
Digital watchCasio Classic Sports watchAll you'll ever need
PonchoTotes Rain PonchoThis is often the most effective way to stay dry while hiking. And it's cheap!
SunglassesSuncloud Mayor Polarized sunglasses

 

Women’s Clothing

ItemOur recommended gear 
Underwear (2 pairs)Adidas Climacool underwearVery packable and easy to wash on the go!
Socks (2 pairs)Darn Tough Hiker Micro CrewIn our opinion, these are the best hiking socks available. Your feet will thank you!
Sports Bras (2)Brooks Rebound Racer Sports BraThis is the most versatile, comfortable, and high-quality sports bra that Emily has found on the market.
Long sleeve base layer (1)Smartwool Women's NTS Mid 250 Crew
Short sleeve hiking shirt (3)Mountain Hardwear Wicked shirt
Leggings (1 pair)Nike Power Essential Running Tight
Flannel shirt (1)Columbia Simply Put II Flannel ShirtEmily enjoyed having something soft and cozy to put on after a day of hiking.
Running shorts (1 pair)Lululemon Run Speed ShortsThese shorts are so comfortable, packable, and quick-drying, that Emily didn't even feel the need to buy hiking-specific shorts.
Down jacketPatagonia Down Sweater JacketLightweight, super warm, and packs down small. This jacket was perfect for this kind of trip!
Rain jacketKelty All-Weather JacketAn affordable and high-quality all-weather jacket that packs up small.
Hiking bootsKeen Targhee II Mid Hiking BootEmily has had these boots for five years and hundreds of muddy, snowy hikes, and they are still going strong!
GaitersOutdoor Research Crocodile GaiterEssential for steam crossings and thick willows.
SunglassesSuncloud Loveseat Polarized SunglassesGood quality sunglasses are essential when you're in the mountains all day. And these are stylish too!
Underwire bra
Hat
Sandals/Camp shoesChaco Z1These are a must for the stream crossings!
BandanaBuff UV Headband
PonchoTotes Rain Poncho
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