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The Ultimate Backpacking Packing List

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We have been backpacking three times and while we aren’t experts, we’ve learned a lot along the way about what to bring! Check out our backpacking packing list to see the exact items we always take with us on our backpacking adventures. The majority of these are must-haves, with a couple nice-to-have items thrown in there, and many of the items on this list work for car camping too. And if you’re looking for a backpacking pack to house it all, we highly recommend the Osprey Mens Atmos 65 AG pack and the Osprey Women’s Aura 65 AG pack.

We hope this packing list helps make your next backpacking adventure a success! If you have a favorite backpacking item that we did not mention, let us know in the comments. We’re always excited to learn about new gear!

Click the image below to download our backpacking list Google Sheet (or pin it for later!). Note: To use the sheet and create your own customizable version where you can add items, remove items, and check off items, please follow these instructions:

  • Web Browser: File-> Make a Copy
  • Mobile: Go to the menu at the top right of the Google Sheet -> Share & Export -> Make a Copy

Note: We’ve linked a handful of the items on the Google Sheet so you can see exactly which items we take with us. Full disclosure–if you click on these links and make a purchase on Amazon, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. We will only ever recommend products we truly love, actually use during our adventures, and think you can benefit from too!

The Ultimate Backpacking Packing List | Camping and Backpacking packing list for beginners | What to take backpacking | Backpacking gear | #Backpacking | #Packing List | Camping packing list | What to take camping | Camping supplies | Backpacking supplies

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5 Comments

  1. Suzanne on August 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Great list! How about bug spray?

    • Kathryn Frazer on August 24, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Aw man, how did we miss that?! We just added it and uploaded a new version. 🙂 Thanks for catching our mistake!

    • Kathryn Frazer on August 24, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Aw man, how did we miss that?! We just added it and uploaded a new version. 🙂 Thanks for catching our mistake!

  2. Tom on December 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Great list! Y’all take great pictures. What do you use for a camera?

    • Kathryn Frazer on December 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks so much Tom! 😊 We use a Nikon D750 with a 35mm lens (most of the time—we also have a 50mm lens!)

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