Packing List

You might also want to read my notes on weight.
Here is my spreadsheet that sums up my gear.
The underlined items in italic I didn’t carry for the entire trail.

Here is what I packed for my 2014 PCT sobo thru-hike:

My base-weight rings in at around 7.5 kg or 14 pounds, on average.

The Big Four
Tent. 738 grams or 26 oz (Skyscape Trekker by Six Moon Designs. 225$)
Sleeping Bag. 820 grams or 29 oz (Igneo by REI, down-bag, 19F or -7C. 225$ at sale)
Mattress. 460 grams or 16 oz (ThermaRest Prolite, self inflatable, a bit heavy but comfortable. 90$)
Backpack. 990 grams or 35 oz (Flash 45 by REI, durable, flexible, light and good value. 90$ at sale)

Keep Warm
Thermal underwear, top. 263 grams or 9.3 oz (merino wool, but sleeping bag kept me plenty warm)
Thermal underwear, pants. 210 grams or 7.4 oz (merino wool, but sleeping bag kept me plenty warm)
Fleece. 260 grams or 9.2 oz (no name, old one)
Pants. 254 grams or 8.9 oz (no name, zip-off legs)
Belt for pants. 6 grams or 0.2 oz (simply a long shoe-lace)
Beanie. 54 grams or 1.9 oz (needed in the Sierras and the cold fall-days in SoCal)
Gloves. 55 grams or 1.9 oz (needed in the Sierras and the cold fall-days in SoCal)
Shell Jacket. 409 grams or 14.4 oz (no name, old one, almost waterproof)
Buff. 27 grams or 1 oz

Extra Clothes
Boxers, 2 pairs. 91 grams or 3.2 oz (for sleeping)
Extra hiking socks. 60 grams or 2.1 oz (Darn Tough)
Mini-towel. 9 grams or 0.3 oz (tiny and ultralight, for washing feet)

Headphones. 9 grams or 0.3 oz
mp3 player. 18 grams or 0.6 oz (sandisk clip 8GB)
iPod. 127 grams or 4.5 oz (with casing. for pdf-maps, wifi, podcasts etc)
Kindle. 217 grams or 7.6 oz (with wool casing, I love to read)
Cables/chargers. 91 grams or 3.2 oz (for charging mp3 and iPod)
Camera. 645 grams or 22.7 oz (Nikon Coolpix P600, with battery)
Camera charger. 163 grams or 5.7 oz
Camera spare battery. 50 grams or 1.8 oz
Camera bag. 80 grams or 2.8 oz (avoid dust and rain)
Dry bag. 18 grams or 0.6 oz (for all electronics, money, passport)

Stove. 180 grams or 6.3 oz (Caldera Keg, up-cycled beer cans, only boils water)
Fuel. 200 grams or 7 oz (average weight, use denatured alcohol or HEET)
Spork. 20 grams or 0.7 oz
Knife, eating. 20 grams or 0.7 oz
Small knife, sharp. 22 grams or 0.8 oz (smallest Swiss army. with sharp knife, tweezers, toothpick, scissors for nails)
Lighters, 2 pcs. 20 grams or 0.7 oz (small BIC)
Water bag, 2 liter. 20 grams or 0.7 oz (Platypus)
Water bottle, 1 liter. 18 grams or 0.6 oz (normal cheap disposable bottle, avoid heavy camp bottles)

Water filter. 80 grams or 3 oz (Sawyer with 32 fl.oz squeeze bag, very popular but bag is fragile)
Band-aid. 20 grams or 0.7 oz. (6-8 pcs in various shapes)
Blister tape. 25 grams or 0.9 oz (just sports tape)
Blister patches. 25 grams or 0.9 oz (moleskin)
Purifying tablets. 5 grams or 0.2 oz (never used it)
Medicine, pills. 10 grams or 0.4 oz (ibuprofen, paracetamol and some anti-diarrhea)

Toilet paper. 70 grams or 2.5 oz (weight average)
Toothbrush. 27 grams or 1 oz (yes, it’s cutted in half)
Toothpaste. 70 grams or 2.5 oz (small)
Lip balm. 10 grams or 0.4 oz (you need this)
Shit trowel. 27 grams or 1 oz (freelax, easily digs a cathole for the “numbah 2’s”)

Dry bag for food. 45 grams or 1.6 oz (also for bear-bagging my food, though it rarely works)
Bear Box. 1160 grams or 40.8 oz (BV500, heaviest item in pack but legally required for 500 miles)
Duct tape. 54 grams or 1.9 oz (hardly used it)
Needle, thread. 20 grams or 0.7 oz (bring dental floss as thread)
Permits. 10 grams or 0.4 oz (Thru-hike permit and California fire permit)
Money. 30 grams or 1.1 oz (no wallet)
Passport. 45 grams or 1.6 oz (cause I’m from Denmark)
Credit cards. 18 grams or 0.6 oz (Visa, Mastercard, drivers license, Denmark health insurance)
Sunglass case. 64 grams or 2.3 oz (a little heavy, but wanted to protect my shades)
Head lamp. 88 grams or 3.1 oz (Petzl, a little heavy, you can find them lighter)
Pillow case. 35 grams or 1.2 oz (a little luxury)
Notebook and pen. 120 grams or 4.2 oz (for writing)
Plastic cover for docs. 5 grams or 0.2 oz (just a simply thin plastic sheet for passport etc)
Compass. 18 grams or 0.6 oz (REI mini compass and thermometer)
Light sandals. 209 grams or 7.4 oz (Crocs knock-off. For crossing creeks or for use in the evening)

Wearable items
These items does not count towards your baseweight, but should still be considered:
Shoes. 650 grams or 23 oz (Brooks Cascadia 9, super comfortable, very popular)
Hiking socks. 60 grams or 2.1 oz (Darn Tough, full length)
Running shorts. 150 grams or 5.3 oz
Shirt. 145 grams or 5.1 oz (short sleeves)
Trekking poles. 300 grams or 10.6 oz (carbon, generic model from Kmart, lasted 2000+ miles)
Sunglasses. 27 grams or 1 oz (plastic, cheap ones)


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