I’ve linked below all the gear I used on the Pacific Crest Trail so you can use it too. For anything you purchase on Amazon through these links or your browsing after, I receive a small contribution which costs you nothing extra at all! Shop Amazon to support me!
Pack – Osprey Pack Aura 50L
Exceptional features of this pack is the anti gravity suspension which makes water carries far more comfortable, hip pockets, and the removable brain if you’re looking to save on weight and space.
Sleep Pad – Therm-a-Rest Z Lite
With the exception of the night I slept on snow, I loved sleeping on this every night. Never did I have to worry about being gentle to avoid punctures, and I also used it as a sit pad to spread out on every day at lunch. Extremely convenient!
Tent – Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2P
Super lightweight and sturdy! This semi free standing tent was roomy for me to wait out rain in and still a comfortable size for two people when sharing on cold nights. I was SO happy with my choice.
Garmin – Garmin inReach Explorer+
This was a fantastic device providing my family with piece of mind. I tracked where I was (click here to see what it looked like) and had two way text if I needed it, along with an SOS button.
Water Filter – Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
This filter is used by 99% of thru hikers. It’s light, convenient and fits on the end of plastic water bottles.
Power Bank – Anker 10000mAh Power Bank OR Anker 20000mAh Power Bank
Using my phone for camera, maps, music and blogging I had a fairly high power consumption. I carried two x 10000mAh power banks since I started with one, then add a second once I knew I needed it.
Shoes –Salomon Women’s Sense Ride Running Trail Shoes
Note: The pink/coral colour I had is new so costs a little more…check out the Salomon range for a variety of colours (and costs).
Sandals – Xero Shoes Barefoot-Inspired Sport Sandals
These were amongst the most lightweight camp shoes I could find. Used in towns, at night and for river crossings.
Socks – Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks – Women’s
Note: Darn Tough are SO popular since they offer a lifetime guarantee. Take your holy socks into selected camping stores for them to be replace free of charge.
Sock Liners – Injinji Unisex Run Lightweight Mini Crew Toesocks Bundle
It took me a while to try liners but once I did it used them for the rest of the trail. These resolved most of my toe chaff and blister issues. Keep in mind trail runners allow a lot of extra dirt in your shoes for your rubbing pleasure.
Wind Jacket – Salomon Women’s Jacket Limelight S
Note: I had this jacket in a Medium yellow and Four Eyes wore it in Small pink. This is possibly my favourite piece of gear on the trail.
Stove – MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Portable Stove
This one’s a no brainer. It’s small and lightweight…orrrr you could go stove-less.
Pot –MSR Titan Kettle
Perfect size for one! And extremely lightweight.
Spoon – Sea To Summit Alphalight Long Handled Spoon
Long handled for freeze dried meal pouches!
Fleece Liner – Sea to Summit – Reactor Extreme – Thermolite Mummy Liner
Warm sleepers might opt for cotton, but if you’re a cold sleeper like me, go for fleece the whole way. Liners can be regularly washed keeping your sleeping bag far more hygienic.
Gloves – Icebreaker Merino Unisex Adult Sierra Gloves
These got SO much use! Specifically on cold mornings packing up my tent. I could also use the touch screen on my phone if I pulled the fingertip tight
Microspikes – Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction – (Small, Red)
Best for anyone starting early in the snow season, and if so, essential for staying safe on the icy slopes of cold mornings in the Sierras.
Ice Axe – Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip, 70cm
Best for anyone starting early in the snow season. I personally used a 60cm axe, but to best find your size let your arms hang down by your side and have someone measure from your fingertips to your ankle.
Cliff Bars – CLIF BAR – Energy Bar – Blueberry Crisp
While I probably couldn’t eat another cliff bar now I’m home, I had one or two of these a day out on the trail. They are organic and packed full of the vitamins and minerals you’ll be lacking in the trial food diet. These made a huge difference in how good I felt! Plus, theres heaps of flavours.
Drink Mixer – Crystal Light With Caffeine Variety Pack
I often refer to my Crystal Light addiction in my blog. These caffeinated flavours were my favourite. Making pond water drinkable on the PCT!
Note: My sleeping bag and down jacket are no longer available, so are not listed here.
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