1. Sleeping Bag
The Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt. Many options for size, color and fill. Much of this depends on your build and whether you sleep "cold". I found a 20 degree bag worked well for me.
2. A Down Jacket
For weight and warmth, down is difficult to beat. There are many quality options. I don't believe Mountain Hardwear makes the Jacket I have anymore, but it's probably similar to this one.
3. A Wool Base Layer
|Expensive but worth it!|
4. Sleeping Pad
ThisThremarest Neo-Air Xtherm has twice the insulating ability as other pads of similar weight!
5. Rain Gear
For the price and weight, Frogg Toggs are unmatched, but they are not as durable. They were suitable for many days of bad weather, but if you're facing weeks or months of rain, they will begin to show signs of wear.
6. Trekking PolesTrekking Poles are amazingly helpful! Our Black Diamond trekking poles wore faster than anticipated, but worked well otherwise.
7. BandannasCheap, light and useful as snot rags, washcloths, towels, etc. you can cut one of these handkerchiefs in half (they're pretty large) and pack it.
8. A Mosquito NetWhile not always necessary, this mosquito net is worth the fraction of an ounce if there are mosquitoes on the trail / in the season. Use it with a hat to keep it off your face.
|The 750ml cup we used|
9. A Large Titanium CupWe used this TOAKS cup as it was lightweight and cheaper than other titanium options. It has held up really well on our thru-hikes! Make sure to get this larger version
10. A Collapsible CupThis silicone cup is another optional item, but it can double as a lid... allowing you to leave the lit on the TOAKS cup at home.
11. A Spoon or SporkThis long handled spoon is not what I took, but it's what I'd buy if I did it over again.
12. A StoveWe used the SOTO stove, though many other similar options exist. We knew a few people on the Pacific Crest Trail that went stove-less--and regretted it. At the end of a hard day, there's nothing so satisfying and uplifting as a hot meal. The main choice is between integrated systems like the Jetboil and stand alone stoves like ours and the popular Pocket Rocket. We decided on the stand alone option as it was more versatile.
Platypus bladders were extremely durable and reliable.
14. Water Filtration