Backpacking Personal Gear Essentials – Travel with Leggings

Backpacking Personal Gear - Leggings

Backpacking Personal Gear: Leggings

You need to have backpacking personal gear basics before to start your travel. According to rei.com, for your first trip, you may want to borrow or rent gear, such as a backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, so you can start to learn which features matter most to you before you invest.

Here are your backpacking personal gears must haves!

Backpacking Clothing: Choose clothing made of quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabrics. Avoid cotton, which takes a long time to dry when wet and can lead to hypothermia. This is the reason why leggings is ideal for backpacking trips. They are  quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics

Think of clothing as separate systems:

  • Next-to-skin base layers: Most important in cool to cold temperatures.
  • Hiking layers: leggings pants (may be rollup or zip-off), T-shirts, sun shirt, sun hat.
  • Insulation: Puffy vest or jacket, lightweight fleece pullover, warm hat and gloves.
  • Rainwear: Definitely bring a waterproof jacket; pants depend on weather forecast (rainwear is also good at preventing mosquito bites).
  • Sleep clothes: Keep a clean tee, bottoms and socks just for sleeping.

Backpacking footwear: Because your feet are crucial to a successful trip, footwear is probably the most important item you need to choose. It’s also a very personal choice.

Any boots or shoes you wear should be well broken-in and comfortable for long distances. Wear wool or synthetic socks and stop midday to air out your feet and even change to fresh socks. Some backpackers also bring a lightweight pair of shoes, sandals or water sandals for wearing around camp.

Backpack: If you do borrow a pack, make sure you try it on first and that it fits comfortably. It should have a capacity of 45–60 liters. Load it up with water bottles and items to about 30 pounds, and take it out on a long test hike. If it’s comfortable on the hips and in the shoulders, give it a spin on your backpacking trip.

Sleeping bag: Make sure you have a lightweight, compressible sleeping bag. If you decide to buy a bag, do your research and learn the pros and cons of down fill vs. synthetic fill, especially in terms of the weather and temperatures you’ll encounter on your backpacking trips.

Sleeping pad: The cushioning and insulation of a pad is crucial to a good night’s sleep. If you buy one, there are three types of pads to choose from: closed-cell foam, air and self-inflating. Check out the weight, packed size and insulation factor (insulation is important even in summer) to find what’s right for you.

Food: To keep loads light, many backpackers bring freeze-dried meals that only require adding boiling water.  Bring high-calorie, high-protein energy bars and snacks such as trail mix to munch on during the day and sometimes in place of a meal.

What’s on the list are just the basic essentials backpacking personal gear you must have before planning any trip.

Final note: Make sure to bring 2 or more pairs of leggings to protect you from the cold and it does not hurt too to be stylish while backpacking!