Appalachian Trail Gear 3: Everything Else

I’ll be leaving for the trail in just over a week, so I’ve been putting together all the details for my thru-hike. And that includes writing this last gear blog post.

If you’d like to read part 1, about my clothes, click here. If you’d like to read part 2, about my big three(+), click here.

Without further ado, here’s everything else I’ll be carrying:

Water and Cooking

  • Pot – Evernew UL .9L. Maybe slightly larger than I need, but what if I need to make two packages of ramen? You expect me to do them one at a time?!
  • Stove – MSR PocketRocket, the old version. I’ve had this baby for years, in fact it’s the only backpacking stove I’ve ever owned. If it fails on me I suppose I’ll get the new version, but I’ll complain like an old curmudgeon as I do.
  • Cup – Sea to Summit Collapsible cup. Tea is a must for me, so I needed something to drink that sweet nectar in, and this was the lightest option I could find.
  • Spork – Sea to Summit long spork. My brother bought this for me. It brings food to my mouth.
  • Lighter – one of the small Bic ones.
  • Napkin/Towel – microfiber towel from the Dollar Store. Used to clean pot, face, etc.
  • Foodbag Kit – LiteAF Large Bear bag kit. The bag is a good size, and the rope it comes with is bright red so I can easily see it.
  • Water Filter – Sawyer Squeeze. I had a mini one of these that I used on weekend trips until I lost it somewhere in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. I have learned from my mistake and now my filter is either in my hand, currently filtering, or in it’s place in my pack.
  • Water Bottles – I’ll be bringing two Smartwater bottles, a .7L and a 1L. The smaller one will be the one I use for drink mixes.
  • Dirty Water Bag – Evernew 2L Bladder. Most of the time this will be empty, just using it to filter into the Smartwater bottles. However, it ups the total amount of water I can carry to 3.7L, in case I want to use a dry campsite or there’s a dry stretch of trail.
  • Knife – Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife. As much I enjoy the thought of biting into a hunk of cheese, there will be times when I need to cut it, and this is for those time. It also has a nail file, tweezers, and scissors, which I’m sure will come in useful.

Electronics: This is the category that has the most luxury items. I’m going to try and be very aware of how much I’m using these, and send them home if they’re not being used.

  • Watch – Amitron basic watch. It tells the time, and has an alarm. Not much to say.
  • External Battery – Anker PowerCore II 10000mAh. I also have a 20000mAh Anker Battery, which I will switch this out for if I find I need more power. I don’t think that will happen though.
  • Wall charger – Anker. Has 2 ports.
  • Charging Cords – Two short, USB to MicroUSB cords.
  • MicroUSB to USB-C adapter – Need this for my cell phone, but it’s tiny so not a big deal.
  • Cell phone – Google Pixel in RhinoShield case
  • Earphones – Google Pixel earbuds
  • Headlamp – Petzl Tikka XP. I really wanted a rechargable one, so I don’t have to worry about bringing batteries along, but I didn’t want to but a new headlamp when my old one works perfectly fine.
  • E-Reader – Kindle Paperwhite. Gotta have them books.
  • Cell Phone lens – Rhinoshield 4K Wide+Macro Lens. I debated a long time about what sort of camera set up to bring. Originally I was going to bring a mirrorless camera, but even that was starting to feel too heavy, so I switched to just using my cellphone. This lens widens the range of pictures I can take (literally, it’s a wide angle lens) and was cheaper than other cell phone lenses I’ve seen, like the Moment lenses.
  • Tripod – Pedcod UltraPod. For taking those selfies.
  • Cellphone Tripod Adapter – Vastar, from Amazon.

Health and Safety

  • Trowel – Deuce of Spades. For digging those LeaveNoTrace friendly catholes. Bring a trowel, people.
  • Hygiene trash bags – Roll of dog poo bags. Toilet paper really doesn’t decompose very well, so I’m carrying it out. Gross yes, but what’s grosser is seeing toilet paper blooms where animals have dug up toilet paper that’s been buried. It’s not something I expect everyone to do (unless the land management agency of the area says to pack out TP), but it’s something I do.
  • Pee Rag – An orange bandanna cut down.
  • Menstrual Cup – MeLuna. If you’re a person who menstruates, you should be using a menstrual cup. Try it, it’ll change your life.
  • Brush and Mirror – Compact from the Dollar Store. I got some crazy hair, and I need something to use to contain it. The mirror is useful for tick checks or emergency signaling.
  • Teeth Stuff – Child’s bamboo toothbrush. Smaller size means less weight, plus it’s Earth friendly! Travel size toothpaste. Floss with no scent/flavor, for use in teeth or in gear repair.
  • Towel – Matador NanoDry Shower Towel. Definitely a luxury item, but very nice to have. Will send home if I’m not using it.
  • Chapstick – Burt’s Bees.
  • Multiuse Item – Buff. Techincally a piece of clothing, but I’ll be using it more for a sweat rag/snot rag than anything else, so I’m putting it here. Can also wet down and put on head if I get really hot. Buffs are just super multipurpose, so every backpacker should carry one.
  • First Aid Kit – Homemade. If you want a breakdown of what’s in my kit, click here.
  • Additional Consumable Items – travel size lotion, Gold Bond baby powder, Body Glide.

Miscellaneous: Everything else that didn’t nicely fit into any of the other categories.

  • Journal – Moleskin Cahier lined journal
  • Pen – fun fact, I bought this pen in the Netherlands.
  • Wallet – ThruPack UL Wallet. To keep cash and cards.
  • Gear Repair – Small roll of cuben fiber tape, the kit that came with the Thermarest, and a needle.
  • Trekking Poles – Black Diamond Women’s Trekking poles
  • Guidebook – I divided AWOL’s guidebook into rough 4ths. The first section is from Harpers Ferry to Dalton, MA.
  • Umbrella – Montbell UL Trekking Umbrella. Again, if I find I’m not using this or that it’s more trouble than it’s worth, will send home.
  • Stuff sack for Miscellaneous and Electronics – High Tail Designs small dry bag.

I’ve also made a few small adjustments to my clothes since I wrote the first post. I added sunglasses and removed the hat, since I realized I really just don’t like wearing hats. I also added a Smartwool NTS 150 dress as a town/camp outfit. It only adds 4.5 oz, and greatly increases comfort.

If you’re one of those people that like weight breakdowns, head on over to my LighterPack, where you can see everything with their weights.

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