Appalachian Trail Gear List

Appalachian Trail May 6, 2012 • 2 min read

The following is a complete gear list for my 14-day hike through the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. Without water, my pack weighted 43lbs. I chose to only resupply once. So I carried a 7-day food supply. Otherwise, I imagine my pack could have been under 40lbs.


  • Gregory Baltoro 75L
  • Gregory Rain Cover 5000 (L)
  • Sierra Designs Velox 2 Tent
  • 15L Outdoor Research Lightweight Stuff Sack
  • 10L Outdoor Research Lightweight Stuff Sack
  • 25L Outdoor Research Dry Sack
  • Custom Lightweight Sleeping Bag (1 side Flannel, 1 side Cotton Pad)

Food, Water, Cooking

  • GSI Halulite MicroDualist
  • Collapsable Metal Eating Utensil
  • Bunton Raptor
  • 8oz Fuel Canisters x 2
  • MSR Water Filter
  • Iodine Tablets
  • 2L Camelbak
  • 1L Nalgene
  • 14 Multivitamins
  • 14 B Vitamins
  • 20 Propel Energy Mixes
  • 7 Breakfast Dehydrated Meals
  • 7 Dinner Dehydrated Meals
  • Flat Bread
  • Small Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1lbs Beef Jerky
  • 1lbs Pistachios
  • Dried Bananas
  • Chocolate Bars

Personal Care

  • Homemade First Aid Kit
  • Travel Soap
  • Travel Sunscreen
  • Travel Hand Sanitizer
  • Travel Toothbrush
  • Travel Toothpaste
  • Travel Vasoline
  • Aleve
  • Multivitamins


  • Marmot PreCip Pant
  • Marmot PreCip Jacket
  • North Face Hiking Pant
  • Columbia Hiking Pant
  • Under Armour HeatGear Shortsleeve
  • Under Armour ColdGear Mock Longsleeve
  • Terramar Lightweight T-Shirt
  • Nike DriFit
  • SmartWool Midweight Hiking Sock
  • SmarWool Lightweight Multi-Sport Sock x 2
  • Underwear x 4

Additional Gear

  • 100ft Para-cord
  • Smith and Wesson 6″ Fixed Blade Knife
  • Leatherman
  • Headlamp
  • Solar Lamp
  • Flint Striker
  • Lighters x 2
  • Camping Towel
  • iPhone
  • Solar Charger
  • Chattahoochee, Nantahala, and Smokey Mountain Park Maps
  • Relevant Pages from 2012 Appalachian Trail Data Book

After a week on the Appalachian Trail, I sent the following items home:

  • Columbia Hiking Pant
  • Under Armour HeatGear Shortsleeve
  • SmartWool Midweight Hiking Sock
  • Solar Lamp
  • Flint Striker
  • Half of the First-Aid Kit
  • Travel Sunscreen
  • Solar Charger (it rained most of my trip)
  • Maps and Data Book pages for completed sections

In addition, I did not take all of my dehydrated meals from my resupply. Instead I bought some lightweight items such as tortillas, snack crackers, tuna packs, and summer sausage. I noticed other hikers with such food. At first, I thought they were inexperienced. But it turns out these items are not only lighter but have higher calories while being more appetizing. Both of which are welcome after a long day of hiking.

I definitely could have gone lighter. 40lbs is my upper limit. Without the tent, large food supply, and additional gear I likely would have been under 35lbs. However, I preferred sleeping in my tent and avoiding town saved time and money.

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