Okay, so we’re still a few months out from the start of our thru-hike, but here is our gear list so far. Things may change before we leave and we may end up scrapping some items or getting others along the trail. We’ve done our best to buy gear on sale. As an REI member and with an Eastern Mountain Sports nearby, I have kept a close eye out for deals on the specific gear that we were looking for. I’ve done my best to do as much research as possible on gear and it’s safe to say that I’ve learned A LOT! The weight of your gear is a crucial part of the planning process. If your pack is too heavy, you may end up dropping out early on the trail or realize that you wasted a lot of money on useless gear (because let me tell you, gear is not cheap!). I suppose your pack could never be too light, but you also want to make sure that you’re not skimping on key items. You don’t want to wish that you had that extra layer of warmth when you’re shivering in your tent every night just because you wanted to save a few ounces. It’s all about finding the balance between cost, weight, and most importantly, quality. So here’s the list:

As a pair, we’ll be sharing some of our gear, so I’ll start from there and then move on to our individual gear lists. We’ll evenly divide up these items between us, depending on weight and space.


  • Tent: L.L. Bean Microlight FS 2
  • Footprint: Tyvek ground cloth
  • Stove & Fuel: MSR Pocket Rocket
  • Cookset: Pinnacle Dualist
  • Water Purification: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
  • Water Bag: Platypus 4L (we figured this would save us some time at camp, allowing us to make a single trip to the water source for cooking and drinking water to start with for the next morning.
  • Guide: AWOL’s AT Guide
  • First Aid Kit (we’ll each carry our own, but will include bandaids, Advil, Second Skin, antiseptic, Advil, duct tape, safety pins, hydrocortisone, and we may add a couple more items)
  • Rope for bear bagging


Sleep + Pack

  • Sleeping Bag: REI Sub Kilo +20
  • Sleeping Bag Liner: Thermolite Reactor Extreme (I was originally only going to get the regular liner, but we found the extreme version for half off at an REI garage sale, so it was simply an offer that my cold-inclined body couldn’t refuse.)
  • Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol 3/4 length
  • Pack: Deuter ACT Lite 60+10
  • Deuter Rain Cover III
  • Stuff sacks for sleeping bag (8L), liner (2L), clothing (8L), food (13L), and miscellaneous gear (4L)


  • Synthetic short sleeve t-shirt
  • Synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • Sleeveless Under Armour shirt (I’ll have this sent to me when things warm up a bit later into our hike)
  • Under Armour Base 2.0 crew shirt and tights
  • REI Revelcloud jacket
  • North Face Venture rain jacket
  • 2 Nike Pro Compression Sports Bras
  • 2 pairs Patagonia active hipsters
  • 1 pair Exofficio Convertible pants
  • 1 pair soccer shorts
  • ULA Rain Kilt
  • 2 pair Smartwool medium cushion crew socks
  • 1 pair Smartwool Cozy Again socks (Camp)
  • Keen Voyageur hiking shoes
  • Crocs (Camp)
  • North Face Bones Beanie
  • L.L. Bean Multisport Power Stretch gloves
  • Buff

Cooking & Water

Most of these items are listed in our shared gear list at the top.

  • Camelbak 2 liter Hydration Pack (this will fit inside my pack and will allow me to drink on the go)
  • Quart-sized Gatorade bottle (lighter than a Nalgene and easy to replace along the trail)


  • Toothbrush
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Comb
  • PackTowel Nano
  • Toilet Paper
  • Couple of extra hair elastics (you never know when they’ll break on you)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tick Nipper (we think this is definitely worth bringing and because Lyme Disease is not anything to mess with)
  • Ear Plugs (I’m a light sleeper and hater of snoring. Not sure how much these will actually help me)

Everything Else

  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Lighter
  • Bandana
  • REI Traverse Powerlock Trekking Poles
  • Petzl Tikkina 2 head lamp
  • iPhone, charger, and headphones
  • Camera & charger
  • Journal & pen
  • First Aid supplies



  • Sleeping Bag: LL Bean 20*F Down
  • Silk Sleeping Bag Liner: Thermolite Reactor +14*F
  • Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Full length
  • Pack: Deuter ACT Lite 65+10
  • Sea to Summit Pack Rain Cover
  • 13L Stuff Sack for Food  (all stuff/dry sacks are Sea to Summit)
  • 8L Dry Sack for Sleeping Bag
  • 8L Dry Sack for Clothing
  • 4L Stuff Sack for Tent Sleeve
  • 4L Stuff Sack for electronics, journal, miscelaneous items
  • 2L Stuff Sack for Silk Liner and Toiletries


  • 2 Pair of Medium Cushion SmartWool Hiking Socks
  • 1 pair of Heavy Cushion Smartwool Hiking Socks
  • 1 pair of Nike Pro Compression Shorts (aka undies)
  • 1 pair of Nike Pro Combat Compression Shorts (aka undies)
  • Under Armour fitted leggings
  • Under Armour long sleeve Cold Gear base layer
  • 1 pair Nike Soccer Shorts
  • 1 pair Columbia convertible zip-off pants
  • Long Sleeve New Balance synthetic shirt
  • Short Sleeve Under Armour ultra-light T-Shirt
  • Sleeveless Under Armour shirt
  • ULA Rain Kilt
  • North Face winter hat
  • Seirus All-Weather gloves
  • Buff
  • BHS Outing Club Bandana
  • Mountain Hardwear Rain Jacket
  • REI Revelcloud Jacket
  • Crocs
  • Vasque Scree 2.0 Hiking Boots


Most items are shared (in the list at top of gear page)

  • CamelBak 3L
  • Quart-sized Powerade bottle


  • Travel toothbrush
  • Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  • Comb
  • Nano Pack Towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Ear Plugs


  • REI Traverse Powerlock Trekking Poles
  • Swiss Army Hunting Knife
  • Lighter
  • Backup Matches
  • Duct tape
  • Petzl Tikkina Head Lamp
  • iPhone, iPhone case and charger
  • headphones
  • Journal/Pens/Pencil
  • House of Light by Mary Oliver
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
  • Small Celestial Maps for six months
  • Grateful Dead Dancing Bear pin
  • First Aid Kit

3 thoughts on “Gear

  1. Sharon Tirrell says:

    Two underwears? So how do you do laundry? Ignorant Grandma

  2. mickbeckers says:

    What sort of weight are you looking at in total?

  3. Rachel Smith says:

    Your trip looks amazing… I have a (maybe strange) question: Lindsey, if your REI sub-kilo is a right side zip, is there any chance you’d be willing (at some point) to sell it? I have one too and am trying to find a mate for my husband so we don’t have to both buy new bags. Please let me know if you might be interested. Thanks!

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