Note: If you want to save some money on a footprint, Tyvek is great, lightweight, and cheap!
Nemo Asashi 4P (discontinued)
Nemo Losi 3p (discontinued)
Sea to Summit Spark SP III Sleeping Bag | 25F (Comfort 35F)
Though expensive, I think it might be the best one out there that packs as small as it does. As you know, I travel quite a bit, and luggage space is very important to me. The cost I can save in extra luggage can make up for the extra cost of this bag.
Marmot Pinnacle Sleeping Bag | 15F (Comfort 21F) Discontinued
Unfortunately this bag has been discontinued, but was probably the best bag I tested a few years ago and I still love it, since it’s still holding strong I haven’t looked into new bags, but I’ll ask around and update if I hear good recommendations.
Marmot Sawtooth | 15F (Comfort 28F)
Not as comfortable as the Pinnacle above , but it does well in cold weather.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad – Best pad I’ve used, and I’ve tried many, but sometimes it comes to personal taste.
REI Co-op Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad XL – If you are car camping, this thing is amazing. Definitely not for Backpacking though
Osprey Atmos – Like I mentioned above, amazing pack. Get measured!
F-Stop Shinn w/ Cine Master ICU – I do videography andthis is the best pack I’ve found to carry my camera, lenses and gear along with my camping gear by using a smaller ICU, for those who might be interested in bags for cameras and such. If you want something a bit smaller try the Tilopa (I recently preordered one). Downside is they are expensive… but worth it.
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack – There’s also the Ultra-Sil version which is lighter, but I think the straps and buckles are tougher and compression works a bit better on these.
Big Agnes – Helinox – Chair One – Great portable chair. This is one of those items you may not want to bring in a Long backpacking trip to shave off weight, but your back will thank you when you sit for a while in an area where you can’t lean your back on something. Also they recently released the Big Agnes – Helinox – Chair Zero, which I hear is a bit more comfortable and lightweight.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp – I love this thing.
Whistle/Signaling MirrorCoghlan’s Featherweight Mirror
Water BottleNalgene Ultralite Wide-Mouth Water Bottle – 48 fl. oz.
Vapur Element Water Bottle – 34 fl. oz.
Inflatable BoatSupai Adventure Gear – Matkat Flatwater Boat – One of my favorite things to carry if I go somewhere with a lake.
Coghlan’s 0817 Battery Powered Air Pump
Duct tape rolled on a pencil – Grab some ductape and roll it on a piece of pencil
Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag, Charcoal, 50gm, Pack of 2 – If you want to avoid smelly shoes or bags.
Coffee and Tea
Aeropress – If you feel like carrying coffee beans and a grinder, this thing is lovely
Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder – There’s cheaper options out there, but this is the only one I’ve tried and it’s done its job well.
Zojirushi SM-SA48-BA Stainless Steel Mug – Not for Backpacking, but if you want something to keep your coffee/tea hot for HOURS, this will do the job.
Pots, Pans, Plates
GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Backpacker Cookware Set – This is the set I have and it’s nice for two people.
Lodge Cast Iron – Not for Backpacking, but when you get a chance to carry a cast iron, it’s worth it
Tovolo Mini Silicone Tongs – Avoid getting burned
Boots / Shoes
La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX Men’s Ultralight Hiking Boot
KEEN Men’s Newport H2 Sandal – Great for river walking. For example, they were absolute champs during my trip to Zion’s Narrows Trail
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
Fleece JacketMarmot Reactor Fleece Jacket
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket – Expensive, but I love this thing.
Prana Stretch Zion Pants – I have not found better pants than these yet, and I’ve tested many.
Bandanda or Buff
NO-AD Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – Cheaper and better than other name brands
Quick Drying Towel
Toilet Paper / Wipes
First Aid Kit
Adventure Medical Adventure First Aid Series Medical Kit – Usually buying a kit isn’t worth it, but I like this one. Later on I’ll write the things you may want to carry with you.
Video & Photo Tech
Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera – Not many people doing 360 yet, fun little camera to capture areas where you visit
For Your Car
Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 4 Gallon Rigid Water Container
TireTek Premium Tire Pressure Gauge With Integrated Hold Valve – 60PSI
Brightech – SCORPION Portable Car Battery Jump Starter with SmartJump Technology
BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 3.1A Dual USB Car Adapter