What’s In My Pack

What’s In My Pack

A question I get quite often is what do I carry in my pack.  So I decided to post a list of my go to items that I currently have in my pack at any given time.  I also frequently try out new gear, so I may temporarily have something in my pack not found on this list.  I’ll be updating this list as time goes by and I swap items in and out.

You can click here to see what’s in my pack right now.


ZPacks Arc Haul

The ZPacks Arc Haul Backpack is the slightly more durable version of the ever so popular Arc Blast. It features a total capacity of 62 L at a scant 24 oz / 680 grams with a maximum load carriage of 40 lbs / 18 kg. I purchased the pack in June 2016 for $299.00 USD. While some people will think that 62 L is not enough, those in the ultra light community will think that is quite a lot of space. The main compartment has a volume of 49 L, while the outside pockets make up the remaining 13 L. It features 3 outside pockets, 2 on the sides, most commonly used for storing water bottles, and a mesh back pocket that I use as a catch all. I’ll put everything from my water filter, to some snacks, to my rain gear and even my wet socks after a river crossing. I don’t know how I ever lived without an outer mesh pocket before.


ZPacks Duplex Tent

The ZPacks Duplex Ultralight Two Person Tent is a pretty popular tent to use the in lightweight backpacking community.  I think it’s pretty close to being the perfect tent.  It’s large enough for 2 people or 1 person and their gear.  It’s lightweight, coming in at 21 oz / 595 grams, made from Cuben Fibre which is a water proof, non stretch material.  It also sets up using your trekking poles, or the optional tent poles, or even the free standing Duplex Flex Tent upgrade.



Sleep System

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm

The Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm is my go to choice for a lightweight, yet warm sleeping pad.  One of the best ways to ensure poor performance while hiking is to get a bad nights sleep.  The XTherm is a 2.5″thick blow up mattress with reflective ThermaCapture™ technology that traps radiant heat while the Triangular Core Matrix™ construction minimizes convective heat loss.  What all this means is that this pad is going to keep you warm at night.


ZPacks 900 Fill Power 20° Down Sleeping Bag

The ZPacks 900 Fill Power 20° Down Sleeping Bag is my choice for a sleeping bag.  ZPacks makes a lightweight sleeping bag / quilt in a lot of different options.  I chose a long / wide bag.  As part of the design, there is no hood on the bag, and as such the bag resembles a quilt.  It has a sewn in foot box, and a 3/4 length zipper that allows you to zip it up or leave it open like you would do with a quilt.  It ‘s also designed in such a way as that you sleep on top of the zipper when using it in sleeping bag mode.  When you lay on top of any down filled bag, you end up losing any insulation value underneath you, which is why it’s important to have a good pad under you.  Some companies will put a baffle next to the zipper to reduce any heat loss when the zipper is facing upwards, but ZPacks just leaves it bare.  There’s no point in adding more weight, and bulk to something that you can just put underneath you while your sleeping.


Sea-to-Summit Large Aeros Pillow Ultra Light

Whether in transit or the backcountry the Aeros range of lightweight and compact inflatable pillows will award you a comfortable sleep. The Aeros Ultralight pillow has been refined from three ideas: light, compact, and comfortable. The result is a 20 denier pillow with shapely support that can be packed away into a neat, small stuff sack.



Sawyer Squeeze

The 3.5 ounce Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System is the most technologically advanced and durable, yet incredibly simple to use water filtration solution on the market.

Winner of BACKPACKER Magazine’s highly sought after Editors’ Choice Award in 2012.


Tornado Tube
Tornado Tube

The tornado tube is an easy way to turn your Sawyer Squeeze into a gravity filter.  Simply attach your filter to your dirty water bag / bottle.  Next attach the tornado tube to the other end of the filter.  Now simply attach your clean water bag / bottle to the tornado tube and hang it up.

This allows you to have a gravity filter without any hoses like you would find with the Platypus gravity filter system, but without the use of cumbersome hoses.


Evernew 2L Water Carrier

Our collapsible water carriers come in 4 sizes with a combination of features only available from the Evernew water carrier range. All our water carriers come with a built in shock cord for storage, 3 layer polyethylene construction, antibacterial treatment, attached textured cap, a tapered body allowing it to stand on a flat surface when full, and are all compatible with the Sawyer Water Filtration System.


Smart Water 1L Bottle

I use the Smart Water 1L bottle as my go to clean water carrier.  I prefer to use a bottle over a bladder because it allows me to see how much water I have at any given point.  I find it easier to drink out of than from a hose that is typically found on a bladder system, and I can also easily screw it on to the Sawyer Squeeze water filter as well.

  • Smart Water 1L
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  • Purchase on Amazon.com



TOAKS Titanium 750ml Pot

I am currently using the Toaks 750ml pot because of it’s lightweight nature.  I can easily fit a fuel canister, stove, scrubby, towel, mini Bic lighter and folding spoon inside the pot.  This makes for a nice small package that I can easily transport.  I put a rubber band around the put to hold the lid on and the contents inside and I am set for any adventure.


SOTO WindMaster

Purchase the WindMaster and get the 4Flex packaged with it at no additional charge. Boils water incredibly fast, no need to worry when the wind picks up, and TriFlex for small pots; 4Flex for larger pots.
Package includes WindMaster with TriFlex (3-prong pot support) and 4Flex (4-prong pot support), stow bag.


Esbit Lightweight Folding Titanium Spoon

This spoon should be part of the standard equipment of any trip. Thanks to titanium, it is not only ultralight, but it also folds, and can be easily placed almost anywhere in your baggage. The mouthpiece is polished. Weight is just 18 g.