FILL IN THE BLANKS / MIX 'N MATCH GEAR LIST–SHOW US WHATCHA GOT!
'Round the end of every year, the HMG Team always looks back to see what kinds of posts all of you in our beloved orbit viewed and liked the most. As a complete shock to absolutely no one, gear lists elbowed their way to the top–our A PACKING LIST FOR MULTI-DAY HIKING TRIPS taking first place in that topic category.
This particular list has etched itself into our collective heads as a result of sharing it bazillions of times with customers and friends via email and the phone, or during visits at events like Trail Days, festivals, or trail magic pop-ups.
It should come as no surprise that quite a few items on the list are our own. If we didn't choose that stuff, it'd be a good sign we need to get back to the drawing board! And for the gear we don't make, many are the same pieces of kit we offer in our accessories collection because we like using them a lot. Other things filed under clothing and miscellaneous would be futile to recommend for myriad reasons. All of us would have different favorites if you asked, and we're sure you'd have yours, too.
As we looked at it again, we thought it would be a fun experiment to post it here on The Trailhead so we could all talk about it in greater detail–assuming any members would want to discuss gear (we have a hunch you might).
Check it out, and while you go through it, we want to know:
What pieces would stay the same, and which ones would you swap out and why? (You're not gonna hurt anyone's feelings–there's a lot of great gear choices out there that suit a wide variety of needs!)
For items not specifically assigned a particular product, what would you suggest and why? What do you grab when the rain drops fall, or keep up on your domepiece in chilly weather? What's your favorite thing not listed?
We're stoked to hear your thoughts and see what your lists look like! Without further adieu, here's ours!
A PACKING LIST FOR MULTI-DAY HIKING TRIPS
2 Voile Straps (to create your shelter center pole with your trekking poles)
40-Degree Quilt (choose the appropriate quilt or bag for the temperature ranges the time of year of your trip)
Side Entry Pod (for quilt storage)
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove
Mini Bic Lighter
(A few of us like the GSI Outdoors Compact Pot Scraper for cookware clean up, and one of us has definitely eaten their dinner off it)
(Add another Platypus Platy or additional Smartwater Bottles if water sources are limited on your route)
XL Drawstring Stuff Sack (Shelter)
Nano Drawstring Stuff Sack (Electronics)
Large Pod (Clothing/Ditty)
(*What you wear every day is up to you! Don’t rely completely of what looks to be a perfect forecast! Weather can change quickly, and many of these items can help mitigate uncomfortable circumstances that could lead to dangers like hypothermia.)
iPhone and case
Extra Misc (License/Credit Card/Advil/Soap)
TOTAL WEIGHT: *Very pretty approximately 10-ish lb there'bouts
(*Give or take a few grams or ounces based on time of year, pack size, sleep system temp rating, and clothing)
(*Before consumables like food, water, and fuel)
Let 'er rip, People!