This layout isn’t perfect for everyone, but it worked really well for me. I have my initial gear list posted on my profile if you’d like to see how everything changed over the 2,200 miles.
Let’s start with the big stuff:
Notes: I loved this tent! The DCF material was sturdy and it only got one small hole (repairable with the tape included in the tent). My only complaint was the splashback that occurred under the vestibule and into the cabin. The tarp doesn’t quite touch the ground so if it rains hard, expect some drops on you!
Notes: WARM. Probably overkill in the summer but when it started getting cold in Maine, the “Brrrrr’s” were eliminated in this guy. If you have the budget, I would suggest a summer/winter bag or quilt option for your excursion!
Notes: This pad is extremely cozy. Probably more so than many other pads that are marketed as “ultralight”. The R-value is great and it is super comfortable for side sleepers. The durability of this pad has been questioned by many, though mine got one small hole in PA (where the rocks are the most abundant) though I was able to find it and repair it with tenacious tape.
Notes: Not a single hole for 2,000+ miles. Highly recommend it no matter how seasoned or newbie of a hiker you are.
A WHOPPING 12.2 oz
Notes: She’s heavy, but she’s worth it if you’re creating content like I did. I got about 5 charges a week from this power bank. The bank itself charges in 8 hours if you buy the Anker cord/ wall plug-in!
I did also carry a random pair of Bluetooth earbuds. I am unsure of the brand or price, but I got a sport version since my ears are so small, and regular airpods would not have worked for me.
Weight is unknown, but they’re light.
Notes: For $17, you really can’t go wrong. They lasted 2,200 miles and still have some life left (barely). My only complaint is that the stink does not come out (but did we really expect it to?)!
I DID NOT WEAR ANY SORT OF BRA! It was a personal preference for me. Do whatever is the most comfortable for you.
Notes: A solid synthetic tee. Did well with odor. The graphic I had on my tee is no longer available.
If I could give these more than 5 stars I would
Notes: These suckers withstood all the butt-scootin’ and fabric-pickin’ rocks in the White Mountains of NH. Beautifully done, Patagucci.
Eddie Bauer Trail Tight Leggings – High Rise
Weight unknown, but kind of heavy
Notes: These were a little overkill for me as far as features go. Lots of cargo pockets which I initially thought I needed but didn’t. Only used these a handful of times (including Katahdin) because it was warm enough for shorts most of the time.
Notes: *Sigh*… I love this fleece, I really do. It’s just not durable and gets holes fairly quickly. It stretches a lot, enough to break the fabric. It also smells like an animal, regardless of what the company markets online. I went through 2 of these on my hike because of the durability issue. I washed them as stated by the company and was really easy with them. The fit and style of this fleece are SO cute though! It was cute and warm enough for me to justify buying TWO of them for the whole hike.
Notes: Super light, packs down small, and is TOASTY! I trust EE with all of my warmth-related needs. (A multi-use item: Use as a pillow!)
Notes: These are the socks to thru-hike in. My two pairs probably have closer to 3000 mi on them, and I only see one tiny hole near the toe seam. My only complaints are that the cushion goes away quickly and they are not very breathable. During the summer, I got pitted keratolysis from the sweat and lack of breathability in these, but they are extremely durable and long-lasting.
I kept a clean random pair of warm socks with me to sleep in. Just a random pair from Wally World.
Notes: I stayed dry! The jacket is super light for the price.
Weight? Who cares these are amazing
Notes: Topo Athletic. You have done amazing things with this trail runner. It’s the best of both worlds. You get the nice roomy toe box that is oh-so-important (especially for me) and a nice moderate drop of 5 mm. I can’t wear zero-drop shoes nor do my toes like cramped narrow-toe boxes, so this was the shoe for me! These bad boys can last anywhere from 400-600 mi depending on the terrain. You will notice the wear and tear begin at the toe first, and then eventually the sole will start to tear away. Replace them before the sole begins to come off the body.
Approx 7 oz
Notes: These are cute and perfect for camp. You could get away with cheaper and lighter (or no camp shoes at all) but the AT is wet and this is a great way to air your feet out at the end of the day. You could thru-hike in the more sturdy versions of these sandals if you are brave, but I don’t recommend them for your sole shoe (pun intended) on the AT as the terrain is very rugged.
I cold soaked my food in the classic Talenti jar covered in AT stickers. I loved cold soaking and will probably continue to use this method in the future.
For my spork, I have no idea what brand it is because all the writing was rubbed off of it. It is a titanium spork.
Notes: My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Notes: Went through 2 pairs, but the first pair I had used on other hikes. PA was the ultimate sacrifice for the first pair and the second is still sitting in my closet!
Notes: A great luxury item! Not necessary but REALLY nice when your feet and calves are feeling extra sore.
These items are just general things I needed for hygiene and such. I’m not adding weight or brand as everyone needs these items and the brand/weight varies on resupply options and your local stores
- Nail clippers
- Hairbrush/mirror compact
- Mini toothbrush (you can get one for free with any purchase from https://www.garagegrowngear.com/ )
- Baby wipes
- Retainer w/ case
- Charging cord/ wall plug for my phone
- Bandanas (Used one to clean cookware and another as a pee rag)
- Buff (I carried my The Trek branded one!)
- Ball cap
- Tenacious Tape
- KT Tape
- Many sorts of blister mitigation tape/skin
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