Best Backpacking Day Pack – How to Choose

Carrying a day pack for side trips while backpacking is another area where for a long time I fought even the slightest bit of extra weight. We would empty out our backpacks and carry one of those for any day hiking adventures when base camping in the backcountry. But, having a small day pack is…

Best Battery Backup for Backpacking – How to Choose

Increasingly, humans are reliant on electronic devices in every aspect of our lives. Backpacking is no different and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. GPS is a far easier way to venture into the wild than paper maps and a compass. Jennifer and I use maps.me on our cellphones for almost all trail navigation these…

Best Backpacking Apparel – How to Choose

The Best Backpacking Apparel Having the best backpacking apparel can be the difference between a great journey into the wilderness and a miserable one. Comfortable shoes, a rain jacket, and a warm jacket are just the start of the apparel that might be needed for a successful backpacking trip. The following is our list of…

Best Hiking Poles for Backpacking – How to Choose

Trekking poles (AKA: hiking sticks) are an odd thing for backpackers. Some of our fellow backpackers refuse to use them but others refuse to go without them. We personally love them. They are a must-have when backpacking through creeks on slippery rocks as they help maintain balance and give more points of contact in uncertain…

Best Backpacking Emergency Gear – How to Choose

Nature is wild and it can be dangerous. The best backpacking emergency gear and supplies should include items that help you not only survive an accident but also follow leave-no-trace principles. More often than not twisted ankles, blisters, broken gear, and the need to use the facilities when there are none are the great challenges…

Best Backpacking Lamps – How to Choose

I am so thankful to live in an age when backpacking can be done without a kerosene lantern or even a traditional flashlight that uses heavy batteries. LEDs have made lanterns and headlamps extremely lightweight and they generate no heat, allowing for ease of use around the campsite or directly inside the tent. Flashlights are…

Best Backpacking Cooking Gear – How to Choose

Backpacking food isn’t going to be a high-end gourmet affair. Honestly, it is rarely even as good as standard camp food because fresh food is heavy and you obviously won’t have access to a refrigerator while on the trail, unless you are backpacking in the winter :). This isn’t to say we don’t carry good…

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads – How to Choose

Having one of the best backpacking sleeping pads is crucial to getting a good night’s rest after a long day of beautiful backcountry exploration. The idea of a sleeping pad seems very simple. The goal is to lift the body evenly off the ground, making a hard, rough, and uneven surface soft and comfortable enough…

Best Backpacking Pillow – How to Choose

The best backpacking pillow is constructed with durable materials and designed to keep your head elevated and centered throughout the night. They are lightweight, pack down small and most are surprisingly expensive. Some utilize down for warmth and have different methods of preventing the pillow from sliding during the night. Classification and Rating We classify…

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags – How to Choose

The best backpacking sleeping bags are rated by temperature, material, weight, and how well they pack down. Quality manufacturing is also of the utmost importance as cheap zippers and poor stitching can allow cold air to seep into a sleeping bag. If you aren’t planning on backpacking in cold environments, you can get by with…