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Tired of packing your pack? Get someone else to do it for you—for $500.
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Tired of packing your pack? Get someone else to do it for you—for $500.

In the realm of backpacking, the pre-trip pack explosion is a time-honored ritual. You blow up the contents of your pack, add a bit of insulation here, subtract an item there, choose food amounts, what type of spork you want, and never, ever, forget the booze. I've done it scant minutes before leaving to catch a flight for a week-long trip in Washington, and I still love it, stress and all.

But if by chance you're tired of the ritual drudgery of packing your own pack, or if perhaps you know nothing about what to take, 24-Hour Pack is at your service. They claim to fully outfit a pack (pack included) with everything you'll need for a dayhike for only (only!) $479, and they'll ship it to you. They also offer a more advanced, survival-oriented SARPack for $699, and they offer custom packages, perhaps for wannabe Everest summiters who have to go straight from the hedge-fund office to Kathmandu.

Let's take a look at what's included in a standard pack job:

  • Osprey Kestrel 28 backpack* with rain cover**
  • Garmin E-Trex H GPS, batteries incl.
  • Suunto Navigator compass with mirror
  • Leatherman Squirt multi-tool
  • Petzl e+Lite emergency headlamp, batteries incl.
  • Gerber Ultra Task flashlight, batteries incl.
  • Atwater Carey Personal first aid kit
  • Windstorm whistle
  • NavTool map case
  • Heatsheets emergency bivvy
  • All-Weather Space blanket
  • (2) 48-oz. Nalgene Silo water bottles
  • (2) Hothands
  • (2) Foot warm-ups
  • (2) 12-hr glow sticks
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Waterproof matches
  • Match case with striker
  • (2) Firestarter candles
  • Nylon paracord, 50 feet
  • (6) extra AA batteries
  • Sunblock
  • Outdoor Designs Window Drysack
  • Aquamira water purification tablets, 12-pack
  • Coleman trowel
  • Biodegradable toilet tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heavy-duty garbage bag
  • Drink mix, 2 packets
  • Energy bars, 3 mixed

Not bad, but they forget a few key items (like duct tape), and you'll still have to bring your own food and worry about clothes. That's gonna suck for that inexperienced hiker who shows up to Denali in jeans and a t-shirt, hoping his or her $700 pack has everything else covered.

Would you ever want someone else to pack your pack? What would you add or subtract to this decidedly un-ultralight setup? Let us know in the comments section below.

And if you'd like tips about setting up your pack for any situation, watch BACKPACKER Editor Jon Dorn show you how to pack like a pro for dayhikes and weeklong trips .

—Ted Alvarez

24-Hour Pack

via GetOutdoors