Appalachian Trail

Here’s what we carried on our 2013 thru-hike of the AT!

You can also check out the gear I began with in Georgia on LighterPack.


  • 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
  • Guide: AWOL’s AT Guide
  • First Aid Kit (included bandaids, Advil, Second Skin, antiseptic, Advil, duct tape, safety pins, hydrocortisone)


Sleep + Pack

  • Sleeping Bag: REI Sub Kilo +20
  • Sleeping Bag Liner: Thermolite Reactor Extreme
  • 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 (for the hotter weather)
  • Under Armour Base 2.0 crew shirt and tights
  • REI Revelcloud jacket
  • Marmot Precip rain coat
  • 2 Nike Pro Compression Sports Bras
  • 3 pairs Patagonia active hipsters
  • 1 pair Adidas pants
  • 1 pair soccer shorts
  • ULA Rain Kilt
  • 2 pair Darn Tough socks (hiking)
  • 1 pair Smartwool Cozy Again socks (for camp)
  • Brooks Cascadia (I went through 4 pairs of shoes on our thru-hike. The last two were Brooks)
  • Crocs
  • 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
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • PackTowel Nano
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2 extra hair elastics
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tick Nipper (this did come in handy)
  • Ear Plugs

Everything Else

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



  • 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
  • Toothpaste
  • 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
  • Book
  • Small Celestial Maps for six months