General Lightweight Gear List:


  • Synthetic or wool short sleeve t-shirt or tank top
  • Midweight synthetic or wool or fleece long-sleeve top
  • Wind or rain shell (not both, make this under 12 oz)
  • Rainpants or rain kilt (optional)
  • Lightweight synthetic trekking pants (optional – zip-offs preferred)
  • Lightweight synthetic shorts (don’t take if you have pants)
  • Down jacket (10 to 12 oz)
  • Socks (three pairs, two for hiking and one for camp)
  • Underwear (optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Lightweight synthetic or wool long underwear (optional)


  • Internal frame pack or frameless rucksack (3,000 cu. in or less, 2lbs or less)
  • Down sleeping bag or quilt (preferably one for summer and another for colder months)
  • Short sleeping pad (60” max)
  • Tent/tarptent/tarp/hammock (keep it light!)
  • Lightweight shoes with preferred insoles (trail runners are the best)
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp (with red light option and preferably waterproof)
  • Water bladder or water bottles depending on personal preference
  • Stove, fuel, and lighter
  • Cook pot with lid (titanium or ultralight aluminum)
  • Spork
  • Water treatment drops and/or lightweight filter (Sawyer Squeeze is most popular)
  • Single-blade knife or multitool
  • Small first aid kit (see below)
  • Map and compass or GPS depending on your preference
  • Insect repellant
  • Bear hang kit or bear canister if required
  • Toiletries (remember ear plugs, leave behind deodorant and soap)
  • Map/guidebook and compass (if you know how to use one, not important on AT)
  • Sunscreen
  • Small notebook and pen or electronics (remember your chargers)
  • Camera or just use your phone!

Gear Repair Kit:

  • Tenacious tape (good for fixing or patching any gear)
  • Extra tent stake
  • Extra lightweight guy line
  • Thread

First Aid Kit:

  • Antiseptic Wipes (2)
  • Gauze Triple Antibiotic Cream (tiny tube)
  • 3M Micropore Medical Tape
  • Variety of bandaids
  • Vitamin I (8)
  • Sewing Needle
  • Duct Tape
  • Emergency Fire Starter (Cotton wool balls in Vaseline) (2)

4 thoughts on “

  1. Im going to print that out and save me the time of making a list everytime 🙂

    I thought you were leaving behind deoderant and soap for environmental reasons (<= sounds much better 😉 )

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