What To Pack For A Camping and Trekking Trip

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Since upgrading our backpacks and joining the ultralight world of backpacking and travel, we’ve also changed our packing list. We will be packing these items for this upcoming five month trip through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran. We’ll be doing lots of trekking, camping and fishing.

If you’re wondering what to pack for a trip like this, check out our new packing list:

**Goat Note: We bought 95% of these items online with Amazon when we were living in China. Many of the items you see here can also be purchased with Amazon by clicking the link**

1 x Quechua tent, Quickhiker II (2.7kg)
1 x small ground tarp
2 x Kathmandu, down-filled, -5 degree sleeping bags (in compression bags)
2 x foam sleeping mats
2 x blow-up pillows
1 x lightweight, 7 piece fly fishing rod and reels
1 x camping cooking set (pot, pan, lid, bowl)
2 x tin cups
2 x metal folding spoons
1 x MSR Pocket-Rocket Stove (we will buy the gas canister in Mongolia)
2 x 1L plastic water bottles (and water purification tablets)
1 x Leatherman knife
6 x carabiner clips
6 x bags of Mountain House dehydrated dinner meals (these are lightweight and full of protein. You just add water and eat)
1 x compass
2 x MSR anti-microbial quick drying towels
1 x rope
1 x lighter
1 x combination padlock
4 x small combination locks
2 x headlamps
1 x heating coil
2 x tealight candles
1 x deck of cards
1 x 1:100,000 topographical map of Mongolia (we will buy it in Ulaanbaatar)
1 x small wallet

what to pack for backpacking and camping
All of this stuff has to fit into our backpacks!

Dariece’s Clothing:

1 x cotton t-shirt
2 x lightweight, quick dry t-shirts
2 x tank-tops/undershirts
1 x long-sleeved, base layer thermal top
1 x NorthFace pullover fleece
1 x NorthFace lightweight, rainproof, waterproof jacket
1 x lightweight hiking pants

what to pack trekking and camping
A typical looking travel outfit, lightweight, flowing long-sleeved shirt and hiking pants

1 x cotton, lightweight travel pants
1 x stretchy, capri pants
1 x leggings
1 x base layer pants
1 x bathing suit
1 x bra
5 x underwear
5 x quick drying socks
1 x sarong
1 x scarf
1 x Soloman hiking shoes
1 x flip-flop sandals

Nick’s Clothing:

2 x quick drying T-shirts
1 x cotton t-shirt
1 x quick drying long-sleeved shirt
1 x base layer thermal top
1 x NorthFace pullover fleece
1 x rainproof, waterproof jacket

what to pack for trekking
Nick’s Merrell walking/hiking shoes

1 x lightweight hiking pants
1 x light khaki pants
1 x base layer thermal pants
1 x bathing suit shorts
4 x quick drying underwear
5 x quick drying socks
1 x Merrell hiking shoes
1 x Flip-flop sandals


2 x toothbrushes
1 x small tube of toothpaste
1 x small bottle of shampoo
1 x small bottle of conditioner
2 x deodorants
1 x razor and blade
1 x soapbox and soap
1 x Diva Cup
moist towelettes (wet wipes) for those non-shower days!


2 x laptops
2 x 1TB external hard-drives
1 x Panasonic Lumix F100 camera
1 x Ipod
1 x basic Nokia cell phone
2 x Kindle e-book readers
1 x electric razor
1 x zip container of charging cords
1 x power adapter

For more detailed information on which electronics you should pack when travelling, check out our Guide to Must-Have Travel Electronics for the Modern Nomad. 

(Note: When we are trekking, our guesthouse will hang on to our electronics and other items that we won’t need)

what to pack for lightweight travel
No need to pack books anymore. Our lightweight Kindle Paperwhites are awesome

First-Aid Kit:

Headache, fever and pain pills (Advil)
Pills for nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea (Pepto-Bismol)
Strong, all-purpose antibiotics for if we’re really sick
Pills for motion sickness (Gravol)
Diarrhea stopper pills (Immodium)
Altitude Sickness pills
Birth control pills
Oral rehydration packets
Mosquito repellent
Vaseline (for chaffing when trekking/dry lips)
Baby Powder (for stinky shoes, and chaffing)
Bandages (Band-Aid)
Safety pins
Duct tape
Emergency Blanket

There you have it, the perfect packing list for a camping, fishing and trekking backpacking trip! We’ve totally revamped our travel gear and are now all about lightweight gear and packing less. We hope this list can help you out!

Check Out The Video Below:

How We Got All Of This Into Small Backpacks!

For our other packing lists, check out:

What To Pack: Backpack Essentials

What to pack for SE Asia

The Complete Travel Packing List for Men

The Complete Travel Packing List for Women

Have you been on a camping or trekking trip before? Did we miss any items?! Leave a comment below.

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What To Pack For A Camping and Trekking Trip

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Nick Wharton

Nick is the co-founder, editor and author of Goats On The Road. He contributes to numerous other media sites regularly and shares his expert knowledge of travel, online entrepreneurship and blogging with the world whenever he can. He has been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and has more than 10 years of experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Nick's advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and he spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging. Learn more about Nick Wharton on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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