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Backpacking Gear

March 14, 2017
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I will be completely honest. Backpacking hasn't always been that high up on my to-do list. I mean, growing up, it was hard enough to get me to go camping. Backpacking is just camping on steroids. Like, legit muscle-bursting steroids. But anyway.

I have since realized the valuable, honest, authentic, and unique experiences that can be gained through backpacking and I am sure you will be happy to know I am giving several expeditions some serious thought. I am a huge proponent for sustainable and ethical traveling and backpacking offers a way to do this.

What do you get the backpacking girl that has no backpacking equipment? Good question.


Who knew there was so much that went into backpacking? (Obviously I didn't)

I decided to create a list of all of the gear I am getting/stocking/searching for in preparation. Please don't hesitate to yell at me if I forget something! 



What is backpacking without a backpack?! Unprepared and unscheduled wandering in an unknown area! Does that sound fun? NO! 

Right now I am looking at this one: 

Osprey Women's Aura 50 AG Backpack

I really like this one because reviews mention it is very comfortable and breathes really well and doesn't make your back sweat-who wants that when you're hiking? Several other things, too: 

Even weight distribution

Comes in three sizes (XS-M) ranging from 45-50 liters

Weighs under 2 kilograms

7 exterior pockets

Hydration system

Sleeping bag holder

Why I DON'T like this backpack: 

Does not separate into a smaller day pack

Things tend to fall out of the side pockets

No space for sleeping pad

Hydration tube presses against backpack frame, tube doesn't work! 

Osprey Xena 85 Pack

I think I found the one guys :')

Why I like this pack: 

Has straps for sleeping bag & pad

Hydration system

Trekking pole attachments

Mold-able straps/back

Top can be removed to use as daypack

Why I DON'T like this backpack:

Weighs 2+ kilos

Day pack is still large


The North Face Cat's Meow 22 Sleeping Bag

I like this one because it has some good reviews and is pretty lightweight for its versatility! 

Why I like it: 

Zipper pouch to store medicine or ear plugs

Why I don't like it: 

Zippers get stuck easily

2-3 pounds to carry

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Rectangular Sleeping Pad

Why I like it: 


2, separate layers that can be modified independently

Comes with a repair kit!

Why I don't like it: 

Heavy for a sleeping pad (~2lbs)


My pack will have one built in, but I like to be prepared.

Sportszu Flexible Collapsible Foldable Hiking Reusable Water Bottle

This set of 3 is cheaper than a similar 1...I LOVE these because they aren't annoying after it's empty. These fold up easily for storage and are more flexible than the hard ones anyway.


VINQLIQ Professional 2 Person 4 Seasons Lightweight Waterproof Anti-UV Windproof Double Layer Backpacking Tent

This won't ALWAYS be necessary but this tent is weatherproof so it is definitely something that is going on my list.


I would hate for my brand new backpack to get ruined! 

Camelbak Rain Cover


I actually bring one along when I am not backpacking. These are super useful in darkened hotel rooms, hostels, or in an emergency! 

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp


Please. Take this. No you don't expect to get hurt, but nobody does. I took a first aid/CPR class and I learned a lot. I recommend you do it as well! 

I'm not quite ready for this yet. But it's coming! 

There are so many things, you guys. I have most of the big stuff figured out so far. This will hold me over until I get a bit closer to my backpacking stop, hiking clothes! 

Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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