Paleohacker's Backpacking List
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CATEGORYNOTESWEIGHT
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OUTER SHELL
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Cotton/beeswaxed Shell JacketCan be used in wind and light rain. Also doubles as a fair weather shirt next to skin. Also provides some insulating abilities.
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Wool/Hemp Pants (winter)Can be worn in rain, let them get wet. Still insulating. In extreme cold/wind, wear merino base layer underneath.
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Cotton/beeswaxed Pants (summer)
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RAIN LAYER
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Wool Felt HatWorks like an umbrella for head. Increases field of vision compared to a hood. Also used for protect from sun exposure.
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Poncho (synthetic)Also used for pack cover and ground cloth. More ventilation than a synthetic parka
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Wool Shortsfor hiking in dry or wet weather and for swimming
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Umbrella
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INSULATION LAYER
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Merino Bandana
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Wool Headband or Hat
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Wool Sweaters (nesting sizes depending on season)
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BASE LAYER
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Merino long sleeve topIn winter, bring two each of lightweight.
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Merino leggingsIn winter, bring two each of lightweight.
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FEET
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Wool Socks (3 Pairs)One pair for wearing, one pair for washing, one pair for sleeping only
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Minimalist Boots (leather with no liner)
Got mine from Xero Shoes modal is Coalition (get one size bigger than what your shoe size is, when wearing with a thick wool sock). I conditioned them with a coconut/beeswax solution. (Primal Screen) which I also use as a sunscreen and carry it in my first aid kit.
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Minimalist SandalsMake your own or get from Earth Runner's
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HEAD
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Merino Bandana
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Wool Hat
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Merino Scarf
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FOOD EQUIPMENT
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Titanium Pot
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Thermose
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Alcohol Stove (Or Twig Burning Stove in Winter)
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Lighter/Matches
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Alcohol Fuel
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Tea Ball Strainer
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Scrubby/washcloth
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Waxed Stuff Sack/Pot Holder
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Plastic Small Bottles to hold food items
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Waxed Stuff Sack and 50 ft. rope for tying food up
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Waxed Food Wraps to carry Pemmican
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Ziplock Bags for carrying some food items
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GENERAL
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FlashlightBlack Diamond Headlamp with four reachargeable triple A batteries. I use mine on the red setting.
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MapsKeep in ziplock bag
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Knifewooden handled Opinel
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Water StructurerNatural Actions Technology
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Notepad/PenIn ziplock bag
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Harmonica
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First Aid Kit
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Trowel
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T.P.In ziplock bag
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SHELTER
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Tarp/Tent
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Ground cloth/PonchoAlready listed in clothing section.
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Sleeping Pad
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Sleeping Bag
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