Top 5 “Non-Essential” Items I’m Happy I Brought

  1. Chocolate & hot chocolate – Chocolate is perfect for “pick me ups” while walking and a nice hot drink is lovely in the morning or evening.
  2. Hydrocortisone & Vaseline – This one is probably just for me, I have eczema and the cold/not taking care of skin is really not good for it. I ended up getting a rash on my lower back from the pack and I used the hydrocortisone for that and my hands, and my boyfriend got heat rash on his legs and used it too! Vaseline was for the lips since we both had very chapped lips from sun and dehydration and the dust.
  3. Pair of panties for every day (am I allowed to talk about panties?) – We weren’t going to stop and do laundry and it was really nice to wear something fresh!
  4. GPS/beacon with messaging service – This was all thanks to Greg, but it was nice to keep our parents up to date on our progress (or lack thereof), we even got a few answers, which was very nice too!
  5. Waterproof clothing compression sack – First of all, it makes your clothes smaller so yay. Second of all, THIS IS THE BEST CAMPING PILLOW I HAVE EVER USED.

Random Things to Consider

  • Sandals that I could properly wear socks with would have been nice (I had thongs)
  • Water tablets were so useful!! Last time I used them (15 years ago?) they made the water taste horrible but we had the iodine ones and neutralizing tablets and it tasted perfect and it was much faster
  • I didn’t use my hiking pants once, when I was cold I just wore the rain pants over my shorts (way easier to put on/take off over boots!)
BASICS
Emergency cash
Maps
Compass
Headlight & extra batteries
Pocketknife or all-in-one-tool
Fire-making items: lighter, matches, cottonballs
Backpacks
Day pack (only because it was part of the pack)
Pack rain covers
Water bladders
OVERNIGHT GEAR
Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads
Tent, poles, stakes (groundsheet – we didn’t have one finally)
Trekking poles
COOKING STUFFS
Food (see here)
Stove & all accessories & parts
Fuel
Wide-mouth water bottles (this was really helpful for water collection etc)
Cooking pot
Bowls & mugs
Pot scrubber
Bear canisters
Water filter
Water tablets
Biodegradable liquid soap
CLOTHES
Hiking boots
Sandals
Compression clothing bag
Socks
Underwear
Shorts
Shirts (long-sleeve and short-sleeve)
Pants (non-cotton)
Down sweater
Rain jacket
Rain pants
Sunhat
Toque (we used ours!)
Towels
Mosquito headnets
TOILETRIES
Sunscreen
Lip sunscreen (didn’t use)
Insect repellent (used once on feet only)
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Alarm clock
Toilet paper in plastic
Wet wipes
Plastic bags (grocery bags, garbage bags)
Kleenex
EXTRAS/REPAIR
Duct tape
Extra flashlight bulbs
Extra lighter
Extra pack straps
Tent pole repair tube (because it is tiny and came with the tent)
Plastic bags
Rope (needed to use this stake down tent in a couple areas)
FIRST AID KIT
Aspirin/Ibuprofen
Allergy medicine
Polysporin
Antiseptic towelettes
Adhesive bandages of various sizes
Gauze & bandage
Moleskin
Safety pins
Tweezers
Leukotape
Vaseline
Hydrocortisone
OTHER
Sunglasses
Notebook (I kept a brief daily log)
Writing tools
Playing cards (what was I thinking?? didn’t use)
ELECTRONICS
GPS with SOS beacon & messaging
GoPro
Camera
Tripod (Pole Mod)
Battery pack for phone
Alarm clock
Cell phones
Extra batteries

PS: I’m not a big gear connoisseur but I’d be happy to tell you which brands I use and am happy with if you send me a message/comment 🙂

Majestic Backpacking Pack | Pacific Crest Trail | California

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