BLOG: Gear list for my upcoming three-day trip


I'm always interested to see what other people carry in their packs for multi-day trips. Usually, unless they are quite experienced, they over pack, trying to fill every nook and cranny of their 30, 40 or 60 liter pack. Below is a list I made up for an upcoming three-day, hike-in, fish and hike-out trip in north central PA.

It's not a long trip, in time or distance. Five miles from the hard road to my camping spot on a secluded wild trout stream. There is, however, almost 2,000 feet of elevation change in the five miles so it's a bit of a tough hike. The goal of this trip is to 1. warm up for an upcoming week-long trip in South Carolina 2. get a much needed getaway, sleep under the stars, maybe catch a few wild brook trout on the tenkara rod and sip some Ole Smoky moonshine by a roaring fire.

Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack - this is going to be my first outing with the new pack, can't wait!!

Pack liner

Hill People Gear Kit Bag


Warbonnet Ridgerunner Hammock

Warbonnet Superfly tarp - it's not going to rain, I keep telling my self that

Thermarest sleeping pad (3/4 length)

Marmot Aspen 40 sleeping bag - way to warm, but it's new so I have to try it out

stakes and tie-downs for Superfly


Fires starting kit

JetBoil Stove

Ti Spork

LifeStraw Go water bottle

Collapsible water bottle

Camp Mug



EMS convertible pants

EMS Techwick shirt

EMS insulated pullover

Marmot rain jacket -

Merrill Hiking boots

Keen sandals

Athletic shorts (sleepware)

Buff - multi-use, I wear it on cool evenings on my head as a beanie, like a face mask if the bugs are bad, and made wet and worn around the neck is great on hot sticky days

Fishing Gear

Dragontail Komodo Tenkara rod -

Line, tippet -

Snippers -

Flybox -

Floatant -

Fishing License -

Other Gear


Simple Knife - never leave home without it

Leatherman Wave

Leki Trekking Poles

Princeton Tech headlamp

Olight AA flashlight

First Aid Kit


Bug Spray - Naturapel for me, I'd rather get eaten by bugs than get cancer from Deet, and besides Naturapel works just as good!

Personal Hygiene

Sun Glasses

Thin-Optics eye glasses

Repair Kit

Bandana (x2)


Backpackers Pantry meals x3 - I'll only be in the woods for dinner two nights, but I always carry one extra meal, just in case!

Trader Joe's Instant Coffee - absolutely the best instant coffee around

Gatorade powder

Snacks - Granola/Trailmix/Jerky

Oatmeal (breakfast)

Flask - Ole Smoky

extra stuff sack, rope to hang food away from bears at night

All my gear laid out before packing the backpack. John A Pavoncello photo

One of the biggest mistakes I see when people pack for a multi-day trip is they pack way too much clothing. There is no need to take a change of clothing for every day you are in the woods. Matter of fact, other than socks and maybe an extra pair of underwear (if you ware them) extra cloths are just unneeded extra pounds.

Keep an eye out next week for photos and info from my trip, as well as a review on the SPOT Satellite Messenger.