Ultralight Gear Checklist

Strip off the pounds with our ultralight checklist and hit the trail light as a feather.


  • Synthetic short-sleeve t-shirt
  • Midweight synthetic or fleece long-sleeve top
  • Wind or rain shell (not both, under 12 ounces)
  • Rainpants (optional)
  • Lightweight synthetic trekking pants (zip-offs preferable)
  • Lightweight synthetic shorts (optional)
  • Down jacket (10 to 12 ounces)
  • Socks (two pair, one doubles as mittens)
  • Underwear (optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun hat


  • Internal frame pack or frameless rucksack (3,000 cubic inches or less, 2 pounds or less)
  • Down sleeping bag (750 fill or better)
  • Short sleeping pad (60", closed foam or uninsulated air mattress)
  • Tarp (siliconized nylon)
  • Trekking poles (if needed for pitching tarp)
  • Headlamp (small LED)
  • Water bladder
  • Alcohol or canister stove, fuel, and lighter (optional)
  • Cookpot with lid (titanium or ultralight aluminum)
  • Mug and spork
  • Water treatment drops or tablets (chlorine dioxide or iodine)
  • Bear canister (optional)
  • First aid kit with razor blade (instead of knife)
  • Map and compass
  • Toiletries and trowel
  • Stuff sacks (siliconized nylon)
  • Sunscreen