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     The whole fun about multi day hiking is finding out how much stuff you actually don't need to have in your life. It's all about many years of trials and errors, trusting your ability to survive with just two T-shirts instead of five (and that you might be ok without that pillow) and gradually reducing your backpack weight to the point where you finally feel free. We now carry only what we really need, sometimes even less. We rarely buy new things. As a matter of fact we've had the same backpacks, hiking boots, tent and sleeping backs for the last 7 years and they all withstood a test of time and all elemental forces out there.
     The gear list provided below is an example of lightweight hiking gear that we take with us on an average 1-2 week hiking trip in "three season" conditions that are common for mountain ranges in Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Hawaii. Most of our trips that we talk about on our blog fit into this category with very few chances to re-supply during the trip, so we're used to carry everything we need with us. Despite the length of these trips our backpacks rarely exceed 18 kg. The biggest contribution to our lightweight backpacking was our new food dehydrator that easily trims away third of our backpacks' weight and we absolutely recommend to get one for everyone who goes regularly on multiday hikes. We don't eat any processed foods and being able to prepare any of our delicious, nutritious and homemade meals (including our all-time favourite - dried mango) is probably the most exciting thing that has happened in our outdoor lives. Enjoy lightweight backpacking! Carry in less, carry out more.

Essential Gear

  • Backpack & Lightweight daypack & Pack raincover and liner (plastic bag)
  • Tent & All-season sleeping bag & Sleeping mat
  • Walking poles
  • Water bottle & Water filter & Water treatment tablets
  • Stove & Gas & Lighter, fire starter and waterproof matches
  • Pot set & Thermo cup & Cutlery & Camping knife and Swiss knife
  • Torch & Head torch
  • Watch & GPS with compass & Whistle
  • Sunscreen & Lip balm & Insect repellent
  • Hat & Sun hat & Sunglasses
  • Spare batteries for GPS & Torch

Clothing

  • Waterproof, windproof & breathable rain jacket with hood 
  • Waterproof, windproof & breathable pants
  • Thermal top and pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket & Long-sleeve shirt
  • Two T-shirts

Footwear

  • Hiking boots (high-cut, all season)
  • Hiking sandals (for crossing the rivers, around the camp and as a back-up footwear)
  • Gaiters
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • Spare wool socks

First Aid Kit

  • Blister tape
  • Iodine drops & 95% alcohol as an antiseptic
  • Natural pain killer (Turmeric tablets) & Anti-inflammatory Capsicum patches
  • Apple cider vinegar stick for the bites
  • Gauze and non-adhesive dressing pads
  • Adhesive tape & Elastic and crepe bandages
  • Triangular Bandage & Band aids - a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Scissors & Tweezer & Sewing kit

Toiletries

  • Toiletries (tooth paste, tooth brush, etc.)
  • Toilet paper & Trowel 
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Lightweight microfibre towel

Personal gear

  • Notebook & pen and pencil
  • Cards & a book
  • Spare plastic bags & resealable plastic bags
  • Trip itinerary & permits & track notes
  • Passport, money, credit card, driving licence, emergency contacts, travel insurance

Camera gear

  • Gopro Hero3 Black Outdoor Edition & accessories
  • 2 memory cards & 4 batteries & Cleaning kit
  • Nikon D90 & Wide-angle, Portrait & Telephoto lens & Filters/Hoods
  • Tripod & Remote control
  • 2 memory cards & 3 batteries & Cleaning kit

Hiking food


Breakfast


  • Oatmeal porridge: Rolled oats with dehydrated bananas, walnuts, blueberries and goji berries, dried almond milk or soy milk. Prepare individual portions in resealable bags and just stir-in hot water in the morning. 
  • Buckwheat porridge: Dehydrate the cooked buckwheat porridge before the trip, add dried apples, cinnamon, chia seeds and dried almond milk or soy milk. Prepare individual portions in resealable bags and just stir-in hot water in the morning.
  • Hot cacao: Mix raw cacao with pea-protein powder, stevia, chilly and dried soy milk. Add hot water to get a delicious warm drink.
  • Chai tea: Organic chai tea with stevia and dried almond milk

Snacks



  • Dehydrated fruits: Dehydrate any fruit up to 6 months in advance and store in a freezer such as apples, bananas, kiwis, oranges, papayas and mangos
  • Nuts and seeds: Prepare a delicious trail mix with your dried fruits and various nuts and seeds: walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macademia, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc..
  • High-protein bars
  • Multi-grain crackers and dehydrated cheese or tofu

Dinner: we usually cook about 4 dinner meals and have about 3 portions of it each. Then during 12 day trip, for example, we just alternate between them.













  • Lentils, carrot, spinach and quinoa soup with parmesan cheese: Cook and dehydrate the soup before the trip. On the trip, soak the dehydrated soup mix in cold water for 15 minutes and bring to boil for 5 minutes. Add parmesan cheese as needed.
  • Buckwheat noodles with soya meat and broccoli in tomato sauce: Dehydrate the broccoli and tomato sauce before the trip. On the trip, add water and bring to boil, stir in dried noodles and soya meat.
  • Mushroom risotto: Cook and dehydrate the risotto before the trip. On the trip soak the dehydrated mix in cold water for 15 minutes and bring to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Beans casserole with sweet potato, brocolli, carrots and tofu: Cook and dehydrate the casserole before the trip. On the trip, soak the dehydrated mix in cold water for 15 minutes and bring to boil for 5 minutes.

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