My Lightweight Backpack
This is a lightweight backpacking dayhike or overnight and weekend outfit I carry for me to be well-prepared and comfortable and safe for temperatures down to 40° F because the milder temperatures like this have the most frequent occurrence of hyperthermia.
I must also be able to be comfortable at 15° F if the temperature drops suddenly because I hike in the mountains. This same clothing and gear will suffice.
If I do not allow myself to get overheated or chilled, this is quite comfortable for me. I am a warm sleeper. If cold at night, I eat a Snickers candybar and drink a little water to kick-start "central heating".
I have Croakies for my eyeglasses, because it is so easy for even the smallest branch to remove eyeglasses: some people carry spare eyeglasses, I have Croakies.
Most clothing is not really appropriate for staying outdoors.
I purchase nice looking, yet, highly specialized outdoor clothing.
Instead of a backpack, the same items could be carried in a waistpack or lumbar pack because they are lightweight and low volume.
- HMG, Black Summit Pack w/accessory pocket
- Hammock Gear, Burrow 20
- Cascade Designs, XTherm small
- Titanium Goat, Bug Net Bivy
- Hammock Gear, Diamond Asymmetrical Tarp
- Gossamer Gear, Polycryo Ground Sheet
- Pearl Izumi, UL Tight
- Icebreaker, Everyday Half-Zip Top
- Peckham, Silkweight Drawer
- Mont Bell, U.L. Thermawrap Vest
- Mountain Hardwear, Ghost Whisperer Anorak
- Chaco, Zora Hiking Shoe and Good Feet MAX
- Thorlo, TRMX Trail Running Socks
- Panther Vision, Powercap
- LightHeart Gear, Hoodie Pack Cover
- Equinox, Full Moon Ultralight Chaps
- Helly Hansen, Svolvaer SouWester hat
- Eco Select, travelsize biodegradable wipes
- Sea to Summit, Pocket Soap
- ShamWow, cloth cut-down
- Puffs Purse Pack, tissues
- Toothbrush, travel size
- Desert Essence, Tea Tree Oil toothpaste
- Trim, fingernail clippers
- Trim, scissors
- Zelph, StarLyte stove w/lid
- Vargo, Titanium Sierra 750
- Suluk46, titanium windscreen
- SparkLite, w/extra flints
- Snow Peak, Hybrid Spatula and Spork
- Wysi Wipe, Biodegradable Towelettes
- Platypus, 2-liter Gravity Works "Dirty"
- Platypus, two .5 liter
- Sawyer, Mini water filter
- Katadyn, Micropur MP 1-Water Purifyer Tablets
- AntiGravitygear, TreeLine Spectra 725 Line
- Opsak food trash bag
- Opsak food bag
Sufficient Food, Water, and Fuel
Optional Items worn, carried or in pockets
- Thorlo, Light Hiker quarter length socks
- Speedo, Surfwalker 2.0 Water Shoe
- Outdoor Research, Exos Beanie
- PolarWrap, Half Mask
- Bug Baffler, Bug Head Net
- Kafka, Original Kool Tie
- simBLISSity, LevaGaiter
- Lip Rescue, Tea Tree Oil lip balm
- Serius, SoundTouch Liner Gloves
- Suunto, M-9 Wrist Compass
- Photon, X-Light Micro LED Keychain Flashlight
- Storm Whistle, Orion Orange Smoke Signal
- Walgreen's, oil-free sunscreen SPF 30
- Adventure Medical Kits, Adventure First Aid .5 plus extras
- Reynolds, oven bag
- Snippit, bag cutter
- Money, prepaid credit card, ID
- LG, G2
I practically always choose a midweight layer that has a mock turtleneck and a deep zip front. I choose tight-fit at ankles. I choose a wind shell that is somewhat close-fitting and reasonably water-resistant. In fact, all my outdoor clothing choices are somewhat close-fitting and made for ease of movement and reach.