Tim’s Multi-Day Hiking Gear List 2021

Gear List

I use a range of gear for all my multi day hikes ranging in length from two days all the way up to multi-week trips. The equipment listed in this article is ‘what’s in my pack’ as at May 2021 and has served me well. Some pieces of gear have stayed in this list for many years but having said that I am always on the lookout for new pieces of equipment to replace old favourites. In addition I will make tweaks depending on the destination, weather, and time of the year as well as swapping out gear if I’m travelling with my wife Gill and we need the two person version of something.

When choosing hiking gear you are typically having to make decisions based on a number of factors. For me I have a number of overarching considerations that guide my selection.

  • Comfort and fit is my main criteria and this will often throw up more than one choice.
  • I’m also a bit quirky and if given the choice will go for the ‘weird colours’ as they are often on sale.
  • In addition while I like to carry the lightest weight gear I can afford and justify there are a number of items where I have deliberately NOT chosen the lightest option, instead coming back to the comfort and fit consideration.
  • Last but not least I try to buy gear that is readily available on the Australian market and wherever possible will purchase from Australian suppliers and manufacturers. I want to know that if I do need a replacement, I can walk into a local store and pick it up or have it delivered in a matter of days. In taking this stance I may not always get the best deal but I like being able to put money back into the Australian economy and support Australian retailers where I can. It’s very rare that I will head overseas for a product.

This list continues to evolve and while there are some items that I have used over multiple years, other items are new to this list from the last time I published in late 2019.  While the changes I have made represent a bit of an evolution rather than a revolution there are some choices that surprised me when I did purchase.

In the article below I have included some brief reasons for choosing each piece of equipment and with a few minor exceptions there is a link to a full written review that provides much more detail. Everything in this list I have used and tested in the field and in many cases for a number of years.

I use the term ‘system’ for most of the item headings as the products often combine to work together.

Please note that this list is based on my particular needs and circumstances. The items in the list may or may not suit your personal needs however I hope that it will provide you with a basis for developing your own gear kit. I will do a full update of this list on an annual basis (last updated 26 May 2021).

If you want a downloadable PDF version of my 2021 multi-day solo hiking gear list go to the following link

Tim’s Multi-day Hiking Gear Checklist (PDF)

Pack System

Pack: Osprey Atmos AG 50L

Why I chose this pack:

  • The harness system on this pack is very comfortable and on multi week hikes when I lose upper body mass I find that this pack continues to retain its comfort and doesn’t dig into my shoulders
  • I love having hip pockets on my packs
  • I’m a big fan of the trampoline style suspension frame that provides airflow across the back and stops me from getting a sweaty back (mostly) even in periods of high heat
  • I can fit all my equipment for an extended hike including up to 12 days of food into this pack and it will comfortably carry up to 21 kg in weight if necessary even though I rarely ever carry that much

Pack Liner: Sea to Summit 70 Litre Ultra-Sil Pack Liner

Why I chose this pack liner:

  • As a blogger I carry a fair amount of electronics so I need to ensure this sensitive expensive equipment stays dry
  • In addition, I don’t want my clothing or sleep system to get wet
  • Even though my pack is has a 50 litre capacity I use the 70 litre size as it can go on the outside of the pack if necessary which occasionally happens at night time when I need to protect everything from that fine red central Australian dust

Pack Liner: Sea to Summit 13 Litre Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

Why I chose this dry sack:

  • For the same reasons I use a pack liner with my pack, this small dry sack becomes the liner for my Pack Brain

Pack Liner: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover 50-70Litre Pack Cover (medium)

Why I chose this pack cover:

  • Provides additional protection for gear inside the pack
  • I use this in conjunction with the pack liners and dry sacks. This is definitely overkill but even in the wettest of conditions I have never had wet equipment, ever

Shelter System

Shelter: Nemo Hornet 2 Person Tent

Why I chose this tent:

  • This tent weighs just under 1 kg including pegs and poles which makes it one of the lightest side entry double skin tents on the market and lighter than many one person options
  • It also takes up very little space in your pack
  • The two person option means I can keep all my gear inside with me with only a 100 gram weight penalty over the one person version
  • I’m a big fan of side entry tents, they’re just easier to get in and out of

Tent Pegs: MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes

Why I chose these tent pegs:

  • The MSR Groundhog is one of the worlds best known tent stakes for good reason. Sometimes you just want a tent peg that grips in and holds and the MSR Groundhog is just that tent peg
  • Over the past couple of years I have added some of these tent stakes to my kit to provide versatility due to their longer length and excellent grip

Hydration System

Hydration Bladder: Osprey 2-5 Litre LT Hydralics Bladder

Why I chose this bladder:

  • When I use a bladder I drink more water than I would when using a bottle which minimises the chance of dehydration
  • I used to use the 3 Litre version but have recently shifted to the 2.5 litre size. I will always fill up a 2.5 litre bladder on days where I walk 20-40+ km, or particularly when its hot, or when I know water may be hard to find, I definitely use this amount of water and often much more
  • I use this particular bladder mainly due to the magnetic chest clip that keeps the drinking nozzle in place which makes it easy to access
  • In hot weather I will also carry another ultra lightweight bladder (see below)

Water Bladder

Water bladder:  Platypus 2.0 Litre Collapsable Water Bottle

Why I chose this filter bottle:

  • Extra water carrying capacity
  • It’s relatively lightweight
  • It folds down to almost nothing
  • Its light enough that I will carry it on just about every hike particularly where I know water availability will be an issue

Water filter: Katadyn BeFree 600ml Filter Bottle

Why I chose this filter bottle:

  • I prefer to filter my water and this filter bottle is fast and easy to use
  • It’s lightweight
  • It can act as an additional small (600ml) water bottle

Sleep System

Sleeping bag: Sea to Summit Spark II Sleeping Bag

Why I chose this sleeping bag:

I’ve been eyeing off the Spark range of sleeping bags for a couple of years now and finally bit the bullet and purchased one

  • My current sleeping bag of choice for hikes down to around -5 celsius
  • It’s very compact when in the compression sack
  • Very lightweight – the lightest that I have ever owned

Sleeping bag liner: Sea to Summit Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Why I chose this sleeping bag liner:

  • Keeps the sleeping bag clean which helps to extend the bag life
  • Can be used as a sleeping bag when its really hot

Pillow: Exped Zip Pack-Large – See Layering System

Why I chose this pack:

  • On my long distance hikes I usually don’t carry a dedicated pillow but instead I use this packing cell stuffed with my spare clothes to perform the same function
  • I find it comfortable and it doesn’t add any weight to the pack
  • Water resistant

Sleeping Mat: Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite

Why I chose this sleeping mat:

  • My go to mat for the past five years.
    • I’m a side sleeper so I need a sleeping mat with lots of cushioning
    • This mat folds down to a very tiny package and weighs very little
    • The right level of warmth for most of the year

Cooking System

Stove: Jetboil Zip Stove

Why I chose this stove:

  • I don’t cook on the trail but instead boil water for rehydrating food and for two hot drinks a day so I want a compact efficient unit
  • I can use this stove during most total fire bans when liquid fuel stoves are usually banned
  • This is Jetboil’s smallest integrated stove currently on the Australian market and works well even if there is two of us

Stove Fuel: Jetboil 100g Canister

Why I chose this fuel:

  • Ever since I started using Jetboil stoves I have used their fuel as well if it’s available
  • It’s the smallest Jetboil canister available
  • As a solo hiker I rehydrate a commercial meal each day for dinner and two hot drinks (breakfast and dinner) and based on this usage I can comfortably get 12 days of use out of a single 100g canister

Spoon: GSI Essential Long Handled Spoon

Why I chose this spoon:

  • I’m a big fan of long handled spoons as I find short handled implements to be messy and uncomfortable to use with my large hands
  • The rubberised head on this spoon is so comfortable to eat with

Mug: Sea to Summit X-cup

Why I chose this cup:

  • The X-cup folds down flat
  • Weighs very little
  • Holds a good sized drink

Stove bag: Osprey 6 litre Stuff Sack

Why I chose this stuff sack:

  • Keeps the stove bits and pieces all in one place and protected from the environment

Knife: Deejo Tattoo Naked Topography Knife

Why I chose this knife:

  • I mainly use a knife to cut cheese and other food
  • I have been known to occasionally use it to whittle (to create tinder or even a pair chop sticks when I couldn’t find my spoon)
  • This extremely lightweight knife is a joy to use as well as being a work of art

Fire Starter: Light My Fire FireSteel 2.0 Army

Why I chose this:

  • Easy to use particularly in wet and windy conditions
  • Will last most hikers for many years

Food container: Empty 500g Peanut Butter Jar

Why I chose this:

  • Kraft/Bega brand jars use a heavier grade of plastic than other brands and are almost bullet proof
  • I use this jar to rehydrate foods such as Overnight Oates or dips
  • I replace this jar on a regular basis

Footwear

Footwear: Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro

Why I chose this:

  • They fit my wide feet very well
  • Excellent cushioning
  • I can get around 1200 km wear out of a single pair
  • The construction of the sole allow for use with a heavy grade gaiter if going into snake territory
  • Nice and grippy on a wide variety of terrain

Footwear inserts: Superfeet Premium Insoles -Blue

Why I chose this:

  • unless I’m wearing. zero drop shoe these inserts are some of the best on the market
  • I find that they provide extra padding and support and extend the shoe life

Socks: Wilderness Wear Merino Multi Sport 4.0 Sock

Why I chose this:

  • Just the right level of cushioning and warmth
  • Firm fit that doesn’t move around
  • Durable and comfortable
  • Easy to source and good price
  • Australian made and owned, supporting Australian farmers

Gaiters: Altra Trail Gaiters

Why I chose this:

  • Unless I’m worried about snakes, I use a lightweight lycra gaiter to keep debris out of my shoes as well as providing a bit of tick proofing
  • These gaiters are easy to purchase online in a range of sizes

Layering System

Underpants: Exofficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief Mens

Why I chose this:

  • They fit well due to the well designed panelling and don’t chafe. What more can you ask for?
  • I have yet to come across any other brand that is as comfortable

Pants: Kuhl Radikl Men’s Pants

Why I chose this:

  • Durable
  • They stretch when/where needed
  • I love the leg ‘pouches’ for my phone and camera
  • Comfortable
  • They come in longer leg lengths for taller people
  • Just enough airflow to stop you overheating in hot conditions while keeping you warm in the cooler weather

Pants: Arcade belt

Why I chose this:

  • Sold as the ‘World’s most comfortable belt’ and while that’s a bit claim to make it’s the most comfortable belt that I have ever used
  • Keeps my pants in place as I lose weight on my longer hikes

Long johns: Wilderness Wear Light Merino 170 Leggings

Why I chose this:

  • These form two functions for me
    • As an under layer in extremely cold weather (around -5° Celcius or colder)
    • As part of my town clothing on rest days when I’m washing my outer clothes (Yes, I wear shorts over them when in public!)

Shorts: Men’s UA Sportstyle Cotton Graphic Shorts

Why I chose this:

  • These shorts are one of the few pairs that are easy to find and that don’t have built in inserts
  • I wear these over the top of my long johns when in town or if I get saturated on the trail and need to let my clothing dry
  • I carry these on trips where I’m taking a break in a town to wash my outer clothes

Lightweight Long Sleeved Top: Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top

Why I chose this:

  • These days, I wear long sleeved tops on all hikes longer than a few hours
  • This lightweight merino top is well made, soft and comfortable
  • It has extra length in the torso
  • Australian made and owned, supporting Australian farmers

Midweight Long Sleeved Top: Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeved Zip Top

Why I chose this:

  • This is the second layer I wear when I’m washing my outer clothes or when it gets really cold
  • Like the lighter weight versions, this top is soft and comfortable to wear
  • Australian made and owned, supporting Australian farmers

Puffer Jacket: The North Face Men’s ThermoBall Hoodie

Why I chose this:

  • I wanted a synthetic jacket to cope with expected wet conditions over a long period
  • I have a broad chest and shoulders and this jacket fits me really well
  • The hood on this jacket was new for me and something I have come to love

Rain Jacket: Marmot PreCip Nano Jacket

Why I chose this:

  • This is a bulletproof jacket that has kept me dry for the last five years through some very heavy rain storms
  • ‘Pit Zips’ to minimise sweating in warm weather

Rain Pants: Rainbird STOWaway Unisex Waterproof Overpants

Why I chose this:

  • My main reason for using these rain pants is that the leg zips are nice and long which means I don’t have to take my footwear off to put them on

Buff: Buff Original

Why I chose this:

  • I always carry at least one buff on every trip
  • Buffs are so versatile performing many functions including keeping my bald head out of the elements

Hat: Outdoor Research Radar Sun Runner Cap

Why I chose this:

  • My hat choice for most of the year, particularly when it is going to be wet and I then wear it under my rain jacket
  • The detachable rear sun cape is longer than most similar caps on the market providing protection from sunburn on the neck

Foldback Clip 19mm

Why I chose this:

  • One of the ‘hacks’ in my hiking kit that is now firmly entrenched
  • This clip holds my rain jacket hood to my hat when it is raining and windy
  • It also creates a porch that keeps most water away from my face
  • It’s well worth the 3/4 gram of weight

Gloves: Macpac Merino Glove Liners

Why I chose this:

  • I usually avoid heavy gloves unless it is absolutely necessary so I find these lightweight merino gloves work well to keep me warm and still provide the ability to feel
  • I only carry gloves when the temperature is expected to be around 0° Celcius or colder

Clothing pack: Exped Zip Pack-Large

Why I chose this:

  • This  very lightweight dry bag keeps all my clothing dry and in one spot
  • I can tell by the colour in low light which bag is which
  • My clothing bag also doubles as my pillow

Safety/Navigation Equipment

Compass: Suunto A-30 Compass

Why I chose this:

  • A simple no nonsense compass that performs all the basics

Emergency Beacon / GPS: Garmin InReach Explorer+

Why I chose this device:

  • This bit of technology has taken pride of place in my hiking kit for so many reasons and has now replaced my Personal Locator Beacon and GPS
  • The two way communication option is a huge bonus on remote solo trips providing my family with the ability to track how I’m going in real time and to communicate with me even when there is no phone signal

Miscellaneous Equipment

Sunglasses: Liive The Edge Sunglasses

Why I chose this:

  • They fit my face extremely well and with the curve in the lenses there is no discernible gap to let in unwanted light
  • Wide arms means that they don’t dig into my head
  • Relatively cheap as sunglasses go
  • I tend to update my sunglasses every few years and I’ve been very happy with these

Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles 130cm

Why I chose this:

  • My knees hate going down steep hills so I have been a pole user for a number of years
  • On flat or uphill ground I find they increase my speed
  • These poles are very lightweight and fold down to almost nothing when travelling

Head Light: Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp

Why I chose this:

  • Comes with rechargeable batteries as standard
  • Great all-round headlamp with lots of lighting options

Reading Glasses: SOOLALA Lightweight Compact Reading Glasses

Why I chose this glasses:

  • Not much choice here as I struggle to read with any accuracy without glasses
  • The lightweight solid case keep them protected when in the pack
  • I opt for a cheap pair in a small protective case on my hikes and leave my expensive pair at home
    • I’m lucky I can do this but its not an option for everyone

Charging cables:

  • Suunto watch charging cable
  • Mini USB for Charging the Goal Zero Sherpa 40 power bank
    • The Sherpa 40 power bank comes with three mini power cables that means I no longer have to carry extras apart from the above two cables

 

Charging Adaptor: Cygnett Dual USB Wall Charger

Why I chose this:

  • Compact, lightweight and robust
  • Allows me to charge two devices at once

Powerbank: Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Powerbank

Why I chose this:

  • With the electronics that I carry and the blogging that I do I always carry a power bank on trips longer than around 4 days
  • This model is robust and has the right capacity to last my needs for trips up to around 7-9 days in length before I can recharge
  • Readily available in many outdoor stores

Wallet: Scrubba Weightless Wallet

Why I chose this:

  • Credit card security (RFID) is something I always carry to prevent credit card skimming
  • This wallet is also ultra lightweight at 7 grams

Bits and Pieces pack: Exped Zip Pack-XS

Why I chose this:

  • The smallest size in the range carries all my little bits and pieces including all those little accessories that are otherwise hard to locate when you need them

Camera: Sony ZV1 Compact Camera

Why I chose this camera:

  • This compact camera fits in my pants legpocket making it easy to get at
  • The 1″ sensor provides high quality images for a non SLR camera
  • Video recording including sound

Memory Cards: SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB Memory Cards

Why I chose this:

  • I use memory cards for both my digital voice recorder and my camera
  • I prefer 16GB cards rather than a single large card as it provides me with a degree of flexibility and doesn’t put all my eggs in one basket by only carrying one card
  • I also prefer to use high speed cards which makes transferring sound/image files onto my computer much faster

Phone: iPhone 12 mini

Why I chose this:

  • Personal preference here I know but I’m an Apple guy across all my tech
  • It’s easy to use and relatively secure
  • It replaced my 3 year old dying-cracked iPhone 8 and its smaller, lighter, has a bigger screen size, and has a longer battery life

Phone Case: Iphone 12 Mini Battery Case 6000mAh

Why I chose this:

  • Due to the amount of social media / blogging I do, a phone case that is also a battery makes sense
  • With this case I get around 2-3 days of phone life with normal use, and 4-6 days on the trail which also reduces the size of the power bank I need to carry
  • It also provides extra protection for my phone when I’m out bush

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Toiletries

Toothbrush:

Why I chose this:

  • You have to clean your teeth but its OK to be a minimalist
  • Use a short handled toothbrush if you can find one (try the airlines on overseas flights) or cut the handle down on a longer brush to reduce the size and with that a tiny bit of weight

Toothpaste: Lush Toothy Tabs

Why I chose this:

  • I hate the taste of toothpaste
  • This lightweight alternative is a great option
  • You can carry just the right amount for your trip 2/day

Floss: 25 metres

Why I chose this:

  • Oral hygiene, particularly on longer hikes is just as important as it is at home
  • 25 meters will last me for 45-50 days

Toilet Trowel: GSI Cathole Trowel

Why I chose this:

  • This lightweight trowel will dig through hard rocky soil better than lighter metal options
  • Always bury your waste!

Toilet paper: 10 sheets per day

Why I chose this:

  • I never rely of toilet paper being provided at camp grounds
  • You may need it away from provided facilities, or if the on trail facilities have run out
  • My daily supply goes into a ziplock bag so it remains dry

Hand Sanitiser: Hand Sanitiser 50 ml

Why I chose this:

  • The biggest cause of digestive distress on hikes is due to poor sanitation
  • You wash your hands with soap and water at home, and you should clean your hands on a hike as well particularly when you hands are essentially covered in dirt on a hike
  • Hand sanitiser is a convenient option for hiking

Towel: Sea to Summit Airlite Towel

Why I chose this:

  • Ultralight towel option
  • Takes up almost no space in my pack

Nail Clippers

Why I chose this:

  • Keeping your toe nails trimmed to the correct length is important to minimise blisters
  • Not really necessary on a short hike but very important on longer multi-week hikes when toenail growth becomes an issue

Wash cloth: Chux

Why I chose this:

  • Cheap, lightweight and very easy to rinse out
  • A good lightweight option for cleaning yourself
  • Just cut it down to size before you leave home!

Tea Tree Oil 

Why I chose this:

  • Part of my wash kit
  • Helps remove much (not all) of the smell built up on multi-day hikes
  • Makes you feel relatively fresh

Storage Pack: Exped Zip Pack-Small  (also holds first aid supplies)

Why I chose this:

  • The small size is lightweight and reasonably waterproof
  • Colour coded so I can tell by sight in minimal light which packing cell I am after

First Aid Equipment

In over 40 years of hiking I have never had a serious accident or needed to treat one.  In most cases what I am dealing with is blisters, splinters or ticks.  Having said that, I still carry basic first aid equipment just in case.  My first aid supplies go into the same packing cell as my toiletry gear.

Splinter Pick

Why I chose this:

  • Sometimes you get splinters so I will always carry a decent splinter pick

Tweezers

Why I chose this:

  • Can be used for splinters as well as removing ticks
  • Don’t stint on the quality here as most cheap tweezers just won’t pick out the small stuff as they don’t have the stiffness and/or fineness at the tip

Compression bandage X 2

Why I chose this:

  • For immobilising limbs in the case of snake bite or physical injury

Triangular bandage X 1

Why I chose this:

  • Just in case!
  • I have never had to use this in real life but its a versatile piece of safety gear

Crepe bandage X 1

Why I chose this:

  • Another part of my first aid kit
  • It is suitable for use as a dressing retention, stemming bleeding and providing light compression

Safety Pins X 5

Why I chose this:

  • Always handy to have and not just for first aid use
  • Ever split your pants or broken a strap?

Pain Killers: Nurofen X 6

Why I chose this:

  • The only time I use Nurofen is when I’m hiking long distance
  • In addition to dealing with the rare headache it also aids with inflammation that can arise from doing extra long days of hiking particularly at the start of a hike
  • I don’t use Nurofen that often and only when absolutely necessary

Go: Laxatives

Why I chose this:

  • I’ll always carry a few tablets just in case

Stop: Imodium

Why I chose this:

  • Also just in case
  • There is nothing worse than having diarrhoea on a hike!

Foot Taping

I know from personal  experience when I do multiple days of 25+ km I will develop hotspots on the balls of my feet which have the potential to ruin my hike.  I now tape my feet, mainly the front sections, for the first week or two and this fixes my issue.  It also allows me to do big distances day in day out with no pain or discomfort.  My taping system consists of the following:

Foot taping 1: Fixomull

Why I chose this:

  • Non allergenic and easy to remove when you need
  • Provides the base layer for my strapping system (you may not need this layer but should use it until you know that the adhesive on the next layer of taping )

Foot taping 2: 38mm strapping tape

Why I chose this:

  • Provides the main protection and goes over the Fixomull

Foot taping 3: 20-25mm strapping tape

Why I chose this:

  • The final layer to hold everything in place and goes around the edges

Nail Scissors

Why I chose this:

  • I use these to cut the taping for my feet

Band-Aids: Miscellaneous waterproof  X 15

Why I chose this:

  • I use Band-Aids on nearly every extended trip, mainly for my little toes at the start of the trip while the skin is hardening up
    • I will carry some different sizes to cover all eventualities

Swap Outs

I carry most of the equipment above year round but there are some pieces that I change over (swap out) depending on the weather, physical conditions of the hike, or the numbers of hikers.  The following equipment is what I will carry as the conditions dictate

Tent Pegs: MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg

Why I chose this:

  • If the soil is very sandy or soft or I am using timber tent platforms such as those in Tasmania I will carry at least two of these pegs
  • They work great with most tent platforms, slipping in between the gaps in the timber as well as with soft soils where other pegs fail to get a grip

Cold Weather Buff: Buff Merino Wool

Why I chose this:

  • If conditions are going to be cold I will carry a wool buff as well as my lighter weight version to keep my follicle-ly challenged head warm

Insect protection: Sea to Summit Head Net

Why I chose this:

  • Sometimes the flies just drive you mad
  • This net keeps them off your head and out of your mouth!
  • Mosquito proofing at night

Lip Balm

Why I chose this:

  • For those conditions where cracked or sunburnt lips are a potential issue

Gaiters: Sea to Summit Quagmire Gaiters

Why I chose this:

  • I usually don’t worry about wearing heavy gaiters but when I’m going into a snake infested areas I up the leg protection with a serious gaiter

Gloves: Outdoor Research Active Ice Spectrum Sun Gloves

Why I chose this:

  • I use these when travelling in the arid or alpine regions of Australia when sunburnt hands becomes a real issue
  • Lightweight and fingerless

 

Summertime Hat: Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat

Why I chose this:

  • My hat of choice for hot dry weather where sun protection is critical
  • Use the chin strap and this hat is windproof
  • I love this hat but typically only use it when I’m doing hikes that are heavy on the rain

Ipad Protection: Scrubba Air Sleeve

Why I chose this:

  • Not your usual bit of equipment, the Scrubba air sleeves are designed to protect iPads, tablets and laptops
  • They also double as an inflatable pillow
  • If I’m in full blogging mode then this forms part of my standard kit. I used to be anti inflatable pillow but don’t have to be asked twice to use this

Lightweight Pack: Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack

Why I chose this:

  • When travelling on an extended overseas/interstate trip I will use this as my carry on luggage
  • During extended hikes, I will sometimes send this back home by mail and other times I will keep it with me depending on what I will be doing

Two person tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur Platinum Tent

  • For when there is two of us
  • This tent is the perfect compromise for a couple that wants space and minimal weight

Sleeping bag liner: Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme

Why I chose this sleeping bag liner:

  • If I’m going into sub zero temperatures and need extra warmth then this is my liner of choice
  • Can be used as a sleeping bag when its hot

Powerbank: Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Powerbank 

Why I chose this:

  • When I’m doing big trips in remote areas and I won’t have an opportunity to recharge and I need extra battery power.  This unit will last me for two weeks based on my requirements for podcasting and blogging
  • This is not a lightweight unit but what for it does it packs a punch for heavy power users

Tarp: Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp

Why I chose this:

  • I use this particularly when I’m hiking in the Australian Alps above the tree line where the UV is extreme and shade is essential
  • Lightweight

 

Pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Down Deluxe

Why I chose this:

  • I rarely take a pillow with me on longer hikes saving it for shorter duration hikes of a few days where I’m not carrying much weight.
  • This is one lightweight very comfortable pillow

 

PDF Version of my current gear list

The following link is a downloadable version of my current multi-day solo hiking gear list.  I will do a full update of this list on roughly an annual basis (last updated 26 May 2021).

Tim’s Multi-day Hiking Gear Checklist PDF

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