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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

We've got your Appalachian Trail packing list dialed. Here, take stock of what you'll need to thru-hike the trail. Just print it out and get packing.

by: The Backpacker Editors


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  • sturdy box
  • extra batteries
  • extra gear (new socks, shoes, warmer clothes, etc.)
  • bulk food (optional)
  • packing tape, labels, and markers
  • list of mail drops and addresses


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Blake
Jul 13, 2014

It's irresponsible to list Tarp or lightweight solo tent as optional gear. It's annoying on the AT when it's raining and everyone runs for the shelter and people show up without tents and the shelter is already very full and they force themselves in the mix. Please carry a shelter. You'll be much happier too, when this happens you can avoid trying to sleep under the shelter to protect yourself.

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Tim
Jun 22, 2014

This list is pretty lame. Not to mention but, "ear plugs"...really? I'm guessing to block the sound of traffic, but anyone hiking should be smart enough to stay a decent distance from the roads and shelters. That's nothing but trouble. A tent is dead weight, some 550 cord, ISO mat ( sleeping pad), and the Marine Corps "tarp" is all you need for shelter. I've done the thru hike as well as spent 10 years in the Marines using this and alway stayed dry, warm with it.

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Apr 12, 2013

great info for when i go
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John / Firewalker
Jan 29, 2013

This is a descent list of things you could forget .. it never hurts to have one. However, I did 500 miles of the AT last year and hiked with lots of successful Thru's. Go ahead and scratch map and compass off that list, just bring the AT guide book instead. You can also scratch off the Bounce box unless you have special food you want or unless you just have noone anywhere that will help you in an emergency ( eg. ripped /lost tent ) Also, scratch the insect repellent and anything extra like the sun hat(the green tunnel) and the stuff sackS .. you only need something to keep your sleeping bag dry and something to hang your food in ( you can use the same dry sack for both but swapping will be a pain)
Bring gloves if you want them .. your socks will be NASTY! ( both pair)
An excellent resource for anyone of you who will be hiking is the Appalachian trail Class of 2013 group on Facebook. Don't be afraid to join the 2012 group as well to see what people posted last year.

Good luck - remember the AT isn't just a trail, its a way of life and it begins and ends way before and way after your time in the woods.

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Joe
Jan 29, 2013

"Two pairs of socks, one doubling as mittens"? Anyone who has long-distance hiked before knows there's little chance you'll be wearing those bad boys on your hands... If you want mittens or gloves, bring mittens or gloves, and bring three pairs of socks: two to rotate (in case one pair needs to dry) and one for bed only. When packing for something like this, be careful thinking you'll get too creative with your gear, cause it probably either won't work or won't happen.

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Oren
Jan 29, 2013

Can anyone tell me what the point of this list is? Anyone that is even contemplating a thru-hike should be able to come up with a comparable list on their own and could use this to supplement theirs in case they might have overlooked something. The way the author portrays this list is so someone can grab it and go, but they fail to give any mention any sort of experience, thought, planning, etc. that goes along with a thru-hike.

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Rob
Jan 12, 2013

Need this hike!I am a 25 year old male ready for my next chapter! I am planing a April(2013) Start south to north thru-hike. I have never really hiked or camped before...but I am in good shape and in great sprits. If anyone could give me any help and or info that would be great!I dont have a huge buget for this.Please Email me at cookrob23@hotmail.com or even if you perhaps would like to tag along! -thanks-

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larkspur
Dec 10, 2012

i heard that bounce boxes where a wast of time and money

Jen
Nov 25, 2012

29 y/o living in Virginia Beach area. Looking to do some prelim training/hiking in the VA AT portion during the week. Anyone interested to join can email me at huntinghound008@hotmail.com. I'm kinda of a newb at backpacking for more than a week, but not by any means to camping or being outdoors. I also intend on bring my dslr camera and an extra lens, so if you have similar interest that would be cool too! My goal is to conquer part of the AT For a few months in the spring but I'm flexible.

john
Nov 19, 2012

i am leaving GA late march for thru hike i am 64 and in good health looking for anyone who would like a partner email at johncee1234@aol.com live in south carolina

Jeff
Nov 15, 2012

How much should I expect to spend on all this gear?

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