I walked in Sept/Oct 2019 and this list reflects that time of year.
Starting from the bottom up…
- Shoes – Brooks Cascadias, non-goretex. Since hiking the PCT in 2015 these shoes have been my favourite hiking shoes. I wear non-goretex as they dry quicker and breathe better.
- Ankle brace – Aircast A60, the same brace Andy Murray wears 😉 Since having an ankle op post-PCT, I wear a brace while hiking.
- Sandals – Bedrock sandals for evenings and showering
- Socks x 3 – Darn Tough merino socks, two for hiking and one for sleeping in
- Bottoms – Sweaty Betty power cropped leggings, this was my first time to wear leggings and they were incredibly comfortable and I loved the pocket.
- Knee braces – for my dodgy knees (both feeling a bit worn out!)
- Long sleeve hiking shirt x2 – Rab baselayers (I wore one and washed it daily and slept in the other)
- Baselayer pants – Patagonia (to sleep in)
- Underpants x2 – Exofficio
- Sports bra x2 – Patagonia
- Buff – to protect my neck from the sun or keep me warm
- Down jacket – Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, it’s so light that it’s good to carry just in case
- Rain gear – Vaude hiking backpack poncho
- Hat and Lululemon headband
- Sunglasses – SunGod classics
- Sun gloves – Patagonia sun gloves, these have saved my hands from sunburn on many an occasion
BACKPACK, SLEEPING BAG & ACCESSORIES
- Backpack – Gossamer Gear Mariposa
- Backpack liner – Garbage bag
- Sleeping bag – Western Mountaineering SummerLite down sleeping bag. To be honest I was hot most nights and could even have down with just bringing a sleep sheet and warmer pyjamas
- Dry bags – inside pack to compartmentalise gear
- Ziplock bags – good for packing out rubbish as well as leftover food
- Water bottle – Water-to-go 750ml (it has a filter inside so I can fill up from any water source other than sea water). I also carried a 2l platypus water storage in case I needed to carry more, but never used it.
- Hiking poles – Pacer Poles – I’ve been using these since my very first long distance walk, the Camino Frances in 2013
- Headlamp – Petzl Tikka 2 – perfect for albergues with the red-light option and the white light for early mornings before the sunrise
- Clothes Line – I have the lifeventure pegless clothes line and it is the most used item I own!
- Towel – Ultralight Packtowel – mine’s the size of a tea towel, so I’m always envious when I see people with full size towels!
- Ear plugs – mandatory if you’re a light sleeper and staying in albergues!
- Eye mask – helpful if staying in albergues
- Foldable daypack – Sea to summit Ultra Sil 20l pack – this is a bit of a luxury item but at 68 grams, it’s worth it and I use it around towns or to take my things into the shower
- Camera – I carried a Fujifilm X-T2 with a 16-55mm lens on a Peak Design pro capture clip on my shoulder with 3 batteries
- Phone with headphones – I used my iPhone as a second camera and to listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts
- Chargers – for camera & phone
- Spare batteries – AAA for headlamp
- Plug with USB sockets
TOILETRIES & FIRST AID
- Multi-purpose Soap
- Lush Shampoo bar – godiva
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- FirstAid Kit – bandaids, needle and thread, antiseptic cream, sunscreen, lip balm, scissors, tweezers, antibacterial hand gel, painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-histamines