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This is a lightweight backpacking dayhike or overnight and weekend or more three-season outfit I have to be well-prepared and comfortable and safe in rain for temperatures down to 40° F.
This is because the milder temperatures like this have the most frequent occurrence of hypothermia.
I hike in the high mountains. If the temperature drops suddenly, I also have to be able to be comfortable down to 15° F.
I decide on my sleeping system and shelter, by wind, by gusty wind or extreme wind, by possible drenching rain, and by possible ice or snow.
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 so digestion will improve the amount of warmth from my natural 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.
Note: Most clothing is not really appropriate for staying outdoors.
My solution: I purchase nice looking, yet, highly specialized outdoor clothing.
- Timbuk2, Especial Tres 2014 Pack
- Hammock Gear, Burrow 20 top quilt
- Cascade Designs, NeoAir Xtherm small
- Gossamer Gear, Polycryo Ground Cloth
- Hammock Gear, Diamond Asymmtrical Tarp
- Titanium Goat, Bug Net Bivy
- Pearl Izumi, Relaxed Fit Tight
- Mont Bell, Dynamo Wind Shirt
- Mont Bell, U.L. Thermawrap Vest
- Icebreaker, Everyday Half-Zip Top
- Peckham, Silkweight Drawer
- Chaco, Zora Hiking Shoe and Good Feet MAX
- Thorlo, TRMX Trail Running Socks
- Panther Vision, Cub LED Hat
- 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
- MSR, Pack Towel Nano
- Puffs To Go, tissues
- Toothbrush, travel size
- Desert Essence, Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste
- Aim, floss toothpicks
- Trim, fingernail clippers
- Zelph Stoves, Starlyte w/lid
- Vargo, Titanium Sierra 750
- Suluk46, titanium windscreen
- Snow Peak, Spork and Hybrid Spatula
- Wysi Wipe, Biodegradable Towelettes
- 2 liter Platypus, Gravity Works "Dirty"
- 2 liter Platypus
- .5 liter Platypus
- Sawyer, Squeeze In-Line Water Filter
- Katadyn, Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
- aLoksak, OPSak trash bag
- aLoksak, OPSak food bag
- Tree Stuff, Dynaglide Throw Line
- Ursack Minor, bearbag
Sufficient Food, Water, and Fuel
Additional items, not always worn or carried in pockets
- Outdoor Research, Exos Beanie
- Outdoor Research, Transcendent Beanie
- PolarWrap, Half Mask
- BugBaffler, Bug Head Net
- Kafka, Original Kool Tie
- Speedo, Surfwalker 2.0 Water Shoe
- simBLISSity, LevaGaiter
- Black Diamond, Ligtweight Gloves
- Walgreen's, oil-free sunscreen SPF 30
- Lip Rescue, Tea Tree Oil lip balm
- Croakies, hides Classic Shorties
- Cocoons PILOT OveRx, Sunglasses
- Julbo, Sherpa mountaineering sunglasses
- Adventure Medical Kits, Ultralight & Watertight Medical Kit.5, plus extras
- Sea to Summit, eVAC Dry Sack
- Timex, Expedition watch
- Suunto, M-9 Wrist Compass
- Photon, X-Light Micro LED Keychain Flashlight
- Storm Whistle, Orion Orange Smoke Signal
- Snippit razorcutter, eBay mini small folding sissors
- iPod Touch 5G, w/Dual xGPS150A
- Fujifilm Finepix F550EXR GPS digital camera
- Money, prepaid credit card, ID
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.
The total carried weight, of course, depends on the amount of food, water and fuel carried.
I know how much I can comfortably carry. After you weigh each item of clothing and gear, you can use the GearGrams: Gear List Weight Calculator to find out how much weight is remaining (if not volume) for food and water.
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