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, 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!