We needed to get away for a weekend, so we headed up a nearby canyon for a short backpacking trip.
Links to the gear we used:
Klymit Cush Pillow/Seat: http://amzn.to/1MbKWGT
Sawyer Mini Water Filter: http://amzn.to/1gqQ9iB
We are in love with these water filters. Super cheap, super light. Since we don't have viruses in our water in the US, the sawyer will filter every water source we encounter to be safe to drink. Good for 100k gallons (good luck filtering that much water). A MUST-have for any hikers out there.
OP Sak: http://amzn.to/1MbL5tV
On every backpacking trip, we store all our food in OP Saks (odor proof sacks). The bears and chipmunks can't smell the food inside those sacks, so it keeps them away.
The drinking bottle is a platypus bottle. They're pretty cool. They get smaller and smaller when they get emptier (reducing pack volume), and they're BPA-free, and they're super light.
Bear Spray: http://amzn.to/1gqPhdT
A must for bear activity. Far more effective than firearms, and can be used on mountain lions, moose, and other predators.
Black Diamond Carbon Cork Trekking Poles: http://amzn.to/1Ly5pTG
These are the rolls royce of trekking poles. They're amazing. If you've never hiked with trekking poles, give it a shot. There are MUCH cheaper trekking poles out there, so don't think you need to spend a ton to enjoy the benefits of trekking poles. We have over 300 miles on each pair, so we feel like we get our money's worth out of the good ones. Plus they're the structure for our shelter.
Therm-a-rest Neo Air Xtherm sleeping pad: http://amzn.to/1F2ys4Z
Expensive, but worth every penny. We have over 200 nights on one with zero pops or leaks. Under 1lb. A sleeping pad's primary job is to insulate you from the ground. The fact that they're 3" thick and comfy is a plus, but they're primarily insulators. We've slept on the snow with these before. There are one or two pads that are lighter than these, but they're not even close to the R-value (insulation rating) of the xtherm. Yup, they're expensive, but these pads will last SOOO long for the price of a night or two in a nice hotel.
Western Mountaineering Sleeping bags:http://amzn.to/1gqR02R and http://amzn.to/1F2yKc8
You can find them cheaper other places. Since we spend 50+ nights in these sleeping bags every year, it was worth it to buy the best of the best. These bags will last us 20+ years. These are lifetime investments. Made in the US or Canada (depends on the model), super light, super durable, super well made.
Granite Gear Air Zipditty Pouches: http://amzn.to/1MbN7dF
We LOVE these. We use them for our 10 essentials, first aid, and toiletries kits. We've had them in rainstorms and our stuff stayed dry. I'm not sure if they're marketed as totally waterproof, but we've had great luck with them.
This video was shot entirely with a Panasonic Lumix LX100:http://amzn.to/1F2FfeY
Follow along as we start our life in our Airstream on the road full-time..