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What’s In My Hiking Bag? A Look At My Current Hiking Gear List

What's In My Bag? Hiking Gear List With Weights

I do a lot of individual gear reviews on Trail to Peak, but this is my first comprehensive gear list. Many travel bloggers call this type of post a “What’s In My Bag” article, so I figured I’d run with it for hiking and backpacking as well. I’ll be doing separate posts for overnight backpacking trips, and for specific hikes like Grand Canyon Rim to Rim. This is a general “What’s In My Bag”, and has the gear that I carry on my usual weekend hikes. Feel free to leave thoughts and questions in the comments section below.  My hiking gear bag post has been broken down into the following categories:

  • Backpacks
  • What I’m Wearing
  • Footwear
  • Accessories
  • Electronics And Photography
  • Nutrition And Health

My hiking list includes the “10 Essentials Of Hiking”, which are:

1.) Navigation (Map, Compass, GPS) 2.) Sun Protection (Chap stick, Sunglasses, Sunscreen)
3.) Insulation (Warm layers) 4.) Illumination (Head Lamp)
5.) First Aid Kit 6.) Fire Starter And Matches/Lighter
7.) Repair Kit, Knife, Tools 8.) Nutrition And Food
9.) Water And Hydration 10.) Emergency Shelter And Protection

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I rotate between two backpacks for hiking. My Salomon SLAB 12 Pack is the one I reach for most days as it is incredibly light, comfortable, and versatile. My Exos 48 is usually used for overnight trips, but I’ll take it out on day hikes in the winter, when I need to bring more layers and gear along for the trip.

Item Use Weight
Osprey Exos 48 Longer Days And Winter Hikes 40 oz
Salomon SLAB 12 Pack Fast and Light Days 16 oz
What's In My Bag? Hiking Gear List With Weights
Salomon Hydration Pack // Julbo Bivouak // Camelbak Bottles // Trail To Peak Hat // Arc’teryx Motus Longsleeve

What I’m Wearing:

I have a pretty standard kit for hiking that includes my Trail to Peak hat, Julbo sunglasses, Arc’teryx Motus longsleeve, and Nike shorts. I’ll rotate sunglasses depending on conditions. You can read more about that on the post I did for Julbo lenses. I’ve added my cold weather clothes at the bottom of this table as well. I don’t need them very often here in California, but for high mountain peaks and hikes in the Winter months, they get pretty good use.

Item Use Weight
Trail to Peak Nike Hat Every Hike  2.1 oz
Julbo Bivouak Sunglasses Long Hiking Days, Snow, Ice 1.1 oz
Julbo Dust Sunglasses Shady Trails, Early Mornings 1.1 oz
Arc’teryx Motus Longsleeve Every Hike 4 oz
Nike Impossibly Light Jacket All Seasons (40-60degrees) 3 oz
Buff Headband Sun Protection And Warmth 2 oz
Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket Cold Days (0-32degrees) 13.4 oz
Marmot Precip Rain Jacket Cold Rainy Days 13 oz
Nike Freedom Running Shorts Most Hikes 3.8 oz
Outdoor Research Voodoo Pant Cold Days (0-32degrees) 12 oz
Exofficio Brief Every Hike 2.2 oz
Darn Tough 1/4 Sock Every Hike 2 oz
What's In My Bag? Hiking Gear List With Weights
Julbo Bivouak // Nike Impossibly Light Jacket // Trail to Peak Hat


This is my favorite category, and I could have added a few rows to this table given the number of trail shoes I rotate. The four you see listed are my top picks given the hike type listed in the “Use” column.

Item Use Weight
La Sportiva Akasha Longer Technical Days 14.1 oz
Nike Wildhorse 3 Smooth Trails Long And Short 13.3 oz
La Sportiva Mutant Loose Or Wet Terrain 13.5 oz
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 Snow And Ice 14.4 oz
What's In My Bag? Hiking Gear List With Weights
La Sportiva Mutant // Darn Tough Socks


These are gear items that I don’t bring along on every hike, but they still find their way into my gear back throughout the year. The weights listed for the water bottles include water. I take a minimum of two liters per hike, and sometimes will take up to five. I like to mix Tailwind into my water, which you’ll see in the nutrition section below.

Item Use Weight
Black Diamond Trail Pro Poles Most Hikes  23 oz
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp Morning/Night 4 oz
1L CamelBak Bottles Every Hike  26 oz
1L Smartwater Bottles With Filter  25 oz
Sawyer Mini Filter When Needed  2 oz
Hillsound Trail Crampons Snow And Ice  15.7 oz
Homemade Tyvek Rainkilt Rainy Days  2.5 oz
Multi-Tool Every Hike  5 oz
Firestarter (cotton balls w/ vaseline) Long Hikes  2 oz
Waterproof Matches Long Hikes  1 oz
Suunto Compass With Maps Long Hikes  1.1 oz
Emergency Blanket Long Hikes  2.9 oz

Electronics and Photography:

This is my standard camera and electronics set up. I take my Sony a6000 on most hikes, but sometimes will only take my phone if I’m looking to cut weight. I take my Delorme inReach on hikes that don’t receive cell service. It adds weight, but I like the peace of mind.

Item Use Weight
Sony a6000 Camera Body Every Hike 12 oz
Sony 10-18mm Lens Every Hike 9 oz
Nexus 6P Phone w/ Bose Headphones Every Hike  8 oz
Delorme InReach Trails w/o Cell Service  7 oz
Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watch Every Hike 3.2 oz
What's In My Bag? Hiking Gear List With Weights
DeLorme inReach

Nutrition and Health:

This is my standard nutrition pack. I mix tailwind with my water prehike and drink that along the way. It adds 200 calories to each bottle. I usually take and consume two vFuel gel packs and one ProBar. I apply sunblock and chap stick before and during my hikes.

Item Use Weight
Tailwind Drink Mix Every Hike  3 oz
VFuel Gels Every Hike  1.1 oz
ProBar Meal Bars Longer Hikes  3.1 oz
Neutrogena Sunblock Every Hike <1 oz
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Every Hike <1 oz
First Aid Kit Every Hike 2 oz

I’m Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

19 comments on “What’s In My Hiking Bag? A Look At My Current Hiking Gear List

  1. Great list! Thank you for posting all of that information.

  2. Interesting to see La Sportiva as 3 of your top 4 shoes. I have the Ultra Raptors and love them. Makes me confident I’m not missing out when someone into trail runners as much as you are speaks so highly of them.

    • La Sportiva makes great shoes. I love the Ultra Raptor as well. Their size 47 consistently fit my feet well. The grip of their FriXion outsoles are another huge advantage. I’m really looking forward to trying the new Akyra model that comes out this Winter. It’s a mix between the Ultra Raptor and Akasha.

  3. Do you ever do group hikes?

    • Vinnie, I haven’t done any group hikes as of yet. I like to hike at a pretty fast pace, and don’t like the idea of being responsible for people that I don’t know.

  4. Perfect list! It’s so important to get the little things right for hiking: boots that fit well and are well broken in, a bag to carry out your rubbish, and – most importantly – a pack that fits well.

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  11. I LOVE your website!!!! I’m so happy I happened upon it, though I wish it would’ve happened sooner. I did Salkantay trek last year and am doing Ausungate trek this year… your pics and explanation make me so excited and nervous!!!

    I wonder if you have a similar list like this for women. I want to be sure I am prepared for the cold- I get cold pretty easily. Thanks!

    • Drew Robinson

      Thanks, Karuna! Great to hear you’ll be hiking the Ausangate trek soon! Julia will be putting together a ladies gear list soon! Hopefully in the next week or so.

      • Sounds great! We’re taking off on 7/13 so hopefully we can catch at least a few things from there.

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