Spring/Fall Overnight Packing List

The always up to date guide to what’s in my pack! Geared for a Spring/Fall overnight backpacking trip where you are expecting sun but there is a chance of rain.

Last Updated: 9/09/2015

This is a full gear list including both packed and worn items.

  • Trekking PolesBlack Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole (length – 130 cm)
    • I like a longer trekking pole if its the “z-pole” style.  That way I can choke up and adjust my length when needed but still have a long option when crossing streams or on steep descents.
  • Backpack – Deuter ACT Zero 50 + 15
  • Water Bladder – 70 oz.
  • TentBig Agnes Fly Creek UL3 with 12 MSR Carbon Core Tent Stakes
    • This is hands down my favorite tent.  It is huge – so much room you don’t know what to do with yourself – and only weighs 3lbs. 7oz.  Personally I spend more extended periods of time avoiding weather during spring and fall than winter so these are the seasons to bring a bigger tent in my opinion.
  • Sleeping BagSea-to-Summit Spark SPIII
    • An awesome sleeping bag that will lighten your load for sure.
  • Sleeping Pad – Sea-to-Summit UltraLight Sleeping Mat + Sea to Summit Air Stream Dry Sack Pump
  • Cooking System Jetboil Sol Titanium
    • I leave the fuel stabilizer and measuring cup at home (saves 2 oz.).
  • Fuel – Either a 4 oz., 8 oz. or 16 oz. canister depending on the trip length.
  • UtensilsMSR Folding Utensils
    • Fork and spoon.
  • Salt/Pepper ShakerMSR Alpine Salt & Pepper Shaker
    • 1/2 with salt and 1/2 with cinnamon.  I don’t normally use pepper and cinnamon makes coffee and oatmeal taste better.
  • Spice ContainerMSR Alpine Spice Shaker
    • Filled with sugar – I don’t like black coffee.
  • MugGSI Outdoors Blue Mountain Infinity Mug
    • While I really prefer to use a titanium mug over plastic this mug has a lid that easily seals.  This allows me to drink hot coffee in my sleeping bag and set the mug down in the tent while I shuffle around and not stress out about it spilling.
  • Water PurificationSawyer Squeeze Mini with inline adapter for water bladder.
  • Bic Lighter
  • HeadlampBlack Diamond Storm Headlamp
    • 160 lumens in a small dependable, waterproof package.
  • LanternMont-Bell Crushable Lantern Shade
    • This thing is brilliant.
  • Sit Pad – 1′ by 2′ piece of foam I cut from a sleeping pad
    • One of my favorite items to take with me.  Great for sitting on at lunch, around the fire, using as a small table to keep from losing small items, placed under a pack in your vestibule to keep the bottom of your pack dry, and many more uses.
  • Emergency BeaconDelorme InReach
  • GPS – Garmin 62s
  • Watch – Suunto Core
  • Sun Glasses – Smith Dolen ChromaPop Polarchromic Ignitor Sunglasses
  • Rain JacketOutdoor Research Helium II
  • Light Upper Body InsulationOutdoor Research Halogen
  • Rain PantsCAMP B-Dry Evo
  • Hiking Pants – Prana Zion pants
  • Hiking Shoes – Salomon XA PRO 3D ULTRA 2 GTX
    • These are awesome trail runners that are a bit beefier than the minimalist trail runners that are so popular right now.  They are rocking GORETEX, have awesome traction, are lighter than traditional hiking boots, and are comfortable enough I don’t need camp shoes.
  • GaitersREI Trail Running Gaiters
    • I wear gaiters almost more in the summer than the winter to keep dirt and small rocks from getting in my shoes and causing irritation.
  • Light GlovesOutdoor Research StormTracker
  • Boxers – ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Boxer Brief
  • Socks – Two pairs of Darn Tough Ultralight hiking socks
    • One pair to hike in and another to wear around camp.
  • ShirtOutdoor Research Echo 1/4 zip
  • Hat – Trucker Hat
  • Food – Breakfast, lunch, dinner (I pack one extra serving of dinner just in case), trail snacks, night time snacks, coffee, tea & sports drink powder
  • Food Bag – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack with 50′ of cord
    • A durable dry bag with a length of cord attached holds food and can be hung to act as a bear bag.
  • Carabineers – Two of them. Camp Nano 23’s are my favorite.
    • Great for all kinds of random things.
  • Emergency Survival GearEmergency + medical gear packing list

Alternate Items – These are items I swap in or out when the weather changes.

  • Sandals – Teva Barracuda
    • I like bringing sandals with me when I’m going to be around a lot of water.  Either fly fishing or just crossing a lot of streams/rivers.
  • Ice/Snow Traction – Kahtoola MICROspikes
    • I once got talked into leaving these at home during a early October trip to The Enchantments – huge mistake. Now I always bring them if there is even a slight chance of snow.
  • Fly Fishing Rod – Tenkara USA Sato Rod + Flys
    • I use a traditional fly rod when I’m not backpacking but I like the quick setup time of a tenkara rod when I’m backpacking for quick casts while hiking.
  • Bear Mace
    • I throw this in whenever I’m concerned about bears or if there could be some worry over people.  You can always say your sorry after you mace someone.  You can’t say “whoops” if you shoot them.
  • HammockHummingbird Single Person Hammock + Tree Straps
    • Nothing makes people jealous like busting out a hammock at the edge of a lake and kicking up your feet. If there is terrain that supports a hammock I throw this in.