I always have my bag packed, when it's time to go I don't spend time thinking about what I need. I take things out to wash and clean after a trip and then immediately place them back in the pack. I carry a 30 liter pack, I'm always looking for ways to lower the weight and hopefully get down to a 20 liter pack.
I currently use an Overboard 30L that is rated to survive quick submersions. It's definitely not the traditional backpacker's pack but it works well for me.
Today, I thought I would give you a glimpse into my 3 season pack. I would take this pack for a trip that was up to 5 days long. I look for things that pack down small and are lightweight but still provide the necessary protection.
Where I Buy
I typically look for deals on gear and equipment so I can get the most for my money. Most of the things I've bought were from Sierra Trading Post, Moosejaw, and Amazon. Though I'm always looking for a deal I'm not afraid to spend the extra money on quality products that will last a long time.
Frugality is not the same as being cheap. People who are cheap want to spend the least amount possible on that purchase. The problem is the product often breaks down quicker and needs to be replaced causing you to spend more in the long run. Frugal people want to spend the least amount for the best quality for a product that will last the longest.
Sleeping bag: Kelty 20F Cosmic Down 550 Fill - Long
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube, inside:
T-shirts (quick drying and lightweight)
Athletic shorts (quick drying and lightweight)
A pair of Adidas athletic boxers (light and quick drying)
Deodorant (Just because I'm in the woods doesn't mean I want to smell bad)
Adventure Medical Kit Dayhiker First Aid Kit
2 9x11 Loksaks
Jerky (I like Trader Joe's Turkey the best)
Hard Cheese (like parmesan)
Oranges (worth the weight to me)
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Emergency Rain Poncho
The North Face Quince Down Jacket
Keffiyeh (a lightweight head covering similar to a bandana but larger, great for protecting from the sun)
Attached to the outside of my pack:
Emergency whistle (attached to my shoulder strap of my bag)
Compass and Map (outside pocket)
Lightweight Nike running hat
The Deuce of Spades(Lightweight Trowel. Hey, nature calls out in the wild) and a bag of toilet paper
2 24 oz reusable water bottles
3L Camelbak Water Bladder
Things on my person but not in my pack:
Schrade SCHF26 Fixed Blade Knife
Ex Officio boxers
Icebreaker Multisport Light Micro Socks
Nike Pegasus (Definitely not traditional hiking boot but because my pack is light I can wear more comfortable shoes and not worry about the need for ankle support)
When it's cooler out I include:
Columbia Omni-heat half-zip pullover
Gore Bike Wear Soft Shell Windstopper Gloves
I hope by seeing what's in my pack you have a better understanding of things you need to pack and things you can leave at home. I'm always looking for ways to leave more at home so I can carry less weight. If you have any suggestions, make sure to leave a comment.