Summer Overnight Packing List

The always up to date guide to what’s in my pack! Geared toward a sunny, summertime backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.

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 – Osprey Exos 48
  • Water Bladder – 2L Hydrapack Reversible Elite Reservoir with Shape-Shift
  • 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.
  • Sleeping BagSea-to-Summit Spark SPI
    • An awesome summer 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
  • PillowSea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
    • I like to be comfortable when I sleep – cut me some slack.
  • 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.  You can also use it to shake up a protein shake on the trail or mix up some Kool-Aid.
  • Water PurificationSawyer Squeeze Mini + Platypus Platy Water Tank
  • 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
  • Puffy JacketOR Halogen Hoody
  • Rain Protection – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Tarp-Poncho and thin rope for belt.
    • Works as both awesome rain protection and a pack cover for those freak summer thunderstorms.  If you get stuck in your tent waiting out weather you can always use it to create an extended vestibule for cooking in.
    • NOTE: all ponchos work best with a belt to help keep them in place.  I cut a thin piece of cord and attached a small clip to one end to use as an ultralight belt.
  • Hiking Pants – Prana Zion pants
    • Swap the shorts for these if you are going to be doing a lot of bushwhacking or the temps are a little on the cool side.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Shoes – Adidas Terrex Fast R Low
    • These are great trail shoes for rugged terrain. Also, they do not have a GORE-TEX liner.  This is important because in the summer, when you don’t need to worry about your feet getting wet and freezing, GORE-TEX actually makes you feet a bit swampy since it doesn’t breath nearly as well as non-waterproof shoes.
  • 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.
    • I like the see through window this dry bag has to help me track down that elusive packet of instant coffee in the morning.
  • Carabineers – Two of them. Camp Nano 23’s are my favorite.
    • Great for all kinds of random things.
  • Emergency Survival Gear/Personal Items – Emergency + 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.
  • HammockWarbonnet Blackbird Single Layer 1.1
    • A great single person shelter.  I use this rather than my tent when I only need to provide shelter for myself and the terrain will allow for hammock camping.  Its lightweight and keeps the bugs out.  If rain comes on the Sea to Summit Poncho can be rigged to provide protection.
  • Ice/Snow Traction – Kahtoola MICROspikes
    • Planning on a summer high alpine summit? You might run into more snow than you think.
  • 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 busing out a hammock at the edge of a lake and kicking up your feet.
  • Scrub Gloves – Any lightweight gardening glove
    • It might sound odd to carry gardening gloves but when I’m not already carrying a good pair of gloves to keep me warm and there is the possibility of bushwhacking through some nasty terrain I like some protection for my hands to help push through thick thorny brush.