Laugavegur Trail: Initial Gear List

Laugavegur Trail Initial Gear List

Maybe one of the best parts of travel is planning. For me, that means making lists. And what’s more fun than making a gear list?

One of the issues I’ve long had is overpacking, especially for things I’m not well-versed in, like long distance hiking. For UintasHike16, my pack probably weighed well in excess of 50 pounds. Ouch.

For work, though, I’ve gotten it down to a science, bringing the bare minimum that I need, which has been helpful overall.

And, last summer’s trip to Lithuania for 12 days was accomplished with just a carry-on bag each. Pretty impressive considering I traveled with 4 children under the age of 16. That wasn’t that hard though, since we had laundry available every few days as needed.

The Laugavegur Trail is a different beast – Missouri Howell and I will be trekking from hut to hut, carrying everything with us that we need (including aids to navigation). Add in a night of camping and it starts to become a big gear list. But…I’ve already started whittling it down.

I want to bring as little as possible with me, so I’ve already told Jeff that I’m going full on dirtbag (well, #dirtbagyuppie style maybe), with many of the clothes being worn every day. If it doesn’t fit in my carry-on, it’s not coming with me.

After starting big and doing some editing, this is my initial gear list:

  • Passport + copies
  • 10 essentials
  • Backpack: Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 PLUS, Eagle Creek Nat Geo
  • Backpack cover
  • Sleeping bag/Quilt – Big Agnes McKinnis
  • Pillow
  • Pad?
  • Ozark Trail 1-Person Backpacking Tent
  • Boots/Trail shoes – Salewa Men’s Multi Track GTX Speed Hiking Shoe; Mishmi Takin Jampui
  • Water shoes: Astral Filipe flip flops
  • Socks x 3: merino wool
  • Underwear x 3: Icebreaker
  • Baselayer shirt x3: merino wool
  • Midlayer – TNF Momentum Hybrid
  • Hiking/Rain jacket: Mishmi Takin Virunga;
  • Hiking/Rain pants – Patagonia
  • Bathing suit
  • Gloves, beanie
  • Tough camera + holder + lens + Batteries + cable for charging
  • Power banks
  • phone + charger
  • wi-fi hotspot (Jeff?)
  • Kit bag
  • Ear plugs x2
  • End of day slippers
  • PackTowls
  • toilet paper and trowel
  • Trekking poles
  • Food

Overall I’m pretty happy with it, and in the next week or 2 I’m going to lay it all out and see how it looks and fits into my backpack (yet to be determined). There’s still quite a bit of fluff to be pared away, so that’s going to be fun.

What do you see that’s fluff or a definite no-go?

What am I forgetting?

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