Backpacking: Bag Dump



What’s in my bag – backpacking version!

Here is what I pack for a typical weekend on the trail on Vancouver Island (climate: mild, rain forest, coastal and alpine). Whether you’ve been backpacking for years, or are just starting into it, it is always fun to take a look at what others pack. Remember that everyone’s backpack will look a little different and as long as you have your 10 essentials, the rest is up to you!


  1. Hiking Boots: Salomon Quest GTX. These are my heavier duty boots I use for overnight backpacking and wet/muddy conditions.
  2. Waterproof layer: Patagonia Triolet Jacket. After 2 other jackets before this one wetted out, I finally bit the bullet and picked up a 3L Gortex jacket. I highly recommend this one!
  3. Tarp: Aquaquest Guide Sil Tarp. Part of my ten essentials. This one is ultralight and waterproof.
  4. Insulated Layer: Cotopaxi Pacaya Jacket. This one is extremely breathable for on the move, I often pack a down jacket for around camp too.
  5. Waterproof pants: Outdoor Research Aspire Pant. Wet pants are the worst when hiking, I’ve learned the hard way.
  6. Pack Towel: You never know when you’re going to need one or when you will go for a spontaneous alpine swim;)
  7. Clothing in a Dry Bag: This is the 30L bag from Aquaquest’s Coastal Dry Bags. Two socks for hiking, one for camp; merino base layers, although bulky, I never regret bringing my fleece layers; toque and gloves.
  8. Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Mirror Lake 22F. My first down bag, it’s been great for a mix of coastal and alpine camping here on Vancouver Island. Although, definitely not a four season bag!
  9. Knife, Whistle, and Paracord: A few of my ten essentials!
  10. Backpack: Osprey 55L. I think it’s time for a new bag… This one has mouse holes and weighs more than I would like it to.
  11. Waterbottle: Always pack a Nalgene, they are multiuse! However, I often use a camelback water bladder too.
  12. Camera clip: Peak Design Capture Pro Clip. Hands free camera storage, but easily accessible.
  13. GoPro: Because I’m often a little rough on my gear.
  14. Camera and lens: Panasonic Lumix G1. Always worth the extra weight! #forthegram
  15. Food: Heather’s Choice dehydrated meals. I often try and make all of my own food, but sometimes the convenience and comfort of a warm tasty meal is completely worth the price.
  16. First Aid Kit: Mostly good for blisters and small wounds. The real first aid kit should be from your head! I highly recommend a Wilderness First Aid course. I took mine at Rocky Point Outdoor Education.
  17. Down Booties: Bought my dear boyfriend, as my feet are always cold, and I end up stealing his socks. Pure luxury.
  18. Bear Spray: Large animals (especially cougars) are one of my biggest fears. Bear spray helps me feel a little safer on the trail.
  19. Sunglasses: Sunskis Headlands. Probably most forgotten-to-pack item?
  20. Sleeping Pad: Nemo Astro Lite Insulate 20R. Although not the lightest for an ultralight pad, it wins in comfort.

Not pictured:

  1. Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. Ultralight two person tent.
  2. Compass and Map: Because we can’t always rely on electronics!
  3. Stove and lighter:  I do not recommend mine… It is currently in pieces, time for a new one for me!
  4. Headlamp: Mine was taken by the water gods. RIP.
  5. Wine and Chocolate: 😉

What are your essentials and luxuries? 


2 Comments Add yours

  1. hikeminded says:

    Biggest luxury is my 22.400mAh Anker Akupack (355g). I can photograph, use GPS, read, listen to music during days.


    1. yes! good one! I sometimes pack one too, but for me it’s so I can still snapchat on the trail:P


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s