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4 Day Backpacking Checklist
Did you know that all the gear you take on a backpacking trip can actually save you life?
The very least things are you will not get wet during the rain or you will have a safe trip.
Especially in today’s trend of technology.
For a maximum and fun trip, you must have plans and know what to bring along.
You must only think about a comfortable ride not a luxury one.
You also must check weather forecast, see the terrain of the upcoming trip and figuring out what gears are the lightest.
Depending on the season, a pack stuffed with backpacking gear weighs between 7 to 15 pounds, excluding food and water.
When you are on a 4 day backpacking trip, you should know with the bare minimal list of gears you should carry with you.
Here are the those gear items you should not leave without during the 4 day trip.
Choosing a backpack should not look for style and a heavy one.
Just choose a standard internal frame backpacks which should be comfortable and lightweight.
You should look for one backpack that is ventilated, like the Osprey Atmos AG ($260-$479).
The pack has a feature of a body-contouring suspension to easily move and maneuvering more naturally while carrying the pack on.
If you would like to choose a very light pack, there is a frame-less pack, like CamelBak M.U.L.E. LR 15 Backpack ($150).
The weight at just under two pound (1.8 pound), compared to the heavier 3 to 4 pounds for the internal frame packs.
when you needed backpack to add many stuffs especially when you eat a lot so you want to bring much amount of food, choose like Stone Glacier Solo 3300 Backpack ($239) for more space, minimalist ultralight feature and some added stability.
Mostly you do not have to worry about carrying a tent because not every backpacking trip would need a tent.
Many backpacker does not use a tent at all on their trip.
Many backpacker only bring ans use a three-season tarp, like Unigear Hammock Rain Fly Waterproof Tent Tarp ($29).
This tarp is waterproof and can protect from all weather condition.
Can be used for two people and weighs only about 7 ounces, compared to about 4 pounds when you bring a tent.
You should also bring with you an extra protection against mosquito and brings mosquito netting, like SansBug 1-Person Free-Standing Pop-Up Mosquito-Net ($49.95).
If you (or your significant other) isn’t comfortable with a minimalist set-up, Clostnature Lightweight 2-Person Backpacking Tent – 3 Season Ultralight Waterproof ($278.99) sleeps for two people at just 5 pounds 8 oz.
And Eureka! Tetragon Waterproof Camping Tent ($269.95) for two people.
For a traditional tent, look for a tent that weight under 4 pounds or lightweight, easy to set up and easy to tear down like MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent ($279.95), weighing in at 3 pounds 7 oz.
In the case of choosing a sleeping bag you should determine to have a high quality sleeping bag like Klymit KSB 0 4 Season Water Resistant ($329.95) which will last a lifetime.
If you are looking for a lofty, ultralight and warm sleeping bag, then you should choose the high end lightweight down sleeping bag that’s comfortable, compact and designed with detail like the Klymit KSB 20 Down Sleeping Bag. This sleeping bag ($189.95).
It has a temperature rating at 20 degrees Fahrenheit which is fit for three season comfort.
For a truly high quality sleeping bag beside the Klymit, you can choose the HyperLamina Spark ($191.21), which uses a half-length center zipper to shave weight down to 1 pound 10 oz.
A sleeping pad is an very essential for backpacking.
Even if it is an expensive sleeping pad it is not a luxury.
It is protecting you from beneath because of the insulation.
The sleeping bag that you have chosen above is too compressed to give warmth temperature from underneath when you are inside it.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress ($169.95) can packs down to as big as your water bottle and weighs just 12 ounces.
You can choose the Outdoorsman Lab Ultralight Sleeping Pad if you want to have a good night sleep ($39.97).
Or Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad for a comfortable sleep at night during backpacking trip ($44.96).
For a 4 day backpacking trip, you absolutely need more than just 3 shirts.
You can either choose button-up or T-shirt style.
You should consider wicking breathable anti-odor like Woolly Clothing Men’s Merino Wool Crew Neck Tee Shirt – Ultralight ($49.99).
Or LAPASA Men’s Sports T-Shirts it has features including anti-moisture fabric, a combination fabrics of ideal anti-sweat, quick dry, softness, and elastic materials that will make you feel comfortable and happy when wearing the T-shirt ($24.99).
You can also bring a long sleeve Woolly Clothing Men’s Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt – Ultralight ($59.99).
This insulated jacket is something you wear on when the day becomes dark.
Because it is insulated it will stop the wind to penetrate the body.
You can purchase The North Face Men’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket ($399.99) for men to have warm night.
And the The North Face Women’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket ($359.04).
They are lightweight, warmth and water resistance.
When you experience a sudden rain fall you will have no problem at all if you wear the right gear.
The material is lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable textiles that offer fully protective environmental shelter.
They are perfect for technical hiking, trekking, backpacking and camping.
It is durable, comfortable and protective designs for outdoor activities.
If you are on a backpacking trip for four days, you do not want to bring just one pants.
You might want to bring extra pants for reserve.
You want to have pants that can prevent both poisonous plants and mosquitoes to bother you.
You can choose Baleaf Men’s Quick Dry UPF 50+ Outdoor Hiker Cargo Pants ($26.99) for 50+ SPF to provide sun protection and Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Straight Leg Pant ($135.11).
These pants are lightweight and a breathable fabric that can draw off moisture away from body to keep cool and dry.
In today’s technology, people or backpackers are moving toward ultralight.
They are looking to pack all the items for possibly less than 30.
They are also want to shift away from a heavy hiking books to light hikers and even trail runners.
Many trail running shoes dry out so fast that you can even cross streams in them if you want to.
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Men’s Trail Running Shoe ($84.97) can do just that and can avoid blister problem.
You can also going to a uneven terrain wearing a high-quality hiking boot that combines support and precision with the comfort of a light hiker.
Henry Kaswandi is graduated from University of Indonesia majoring History. After receiving the bachelor degree of History, Henry Kaswandi take the education to the next level by graduating from University of Indonesia majoring Information Technology. On daily basis, he writes article and review the product sold on Amazon. Before this, he was the Head of Information Technology Department at PT Indopoly Swakarsa Industry, Tbk and was the Head of Information Technology at PT Pratama Cipta Inaweb.