Packing for the Appalachian Trail



  • Osprey Aura AG 65L
    • Tip: learn how to pack and adjust your backpack before you head out! A well-packed and correctly adjusted will make your pack feel 10+ pounds lighter.  
  • Eastern Mountain Sports pack cover
  • Leki Cressida trekking poles

sleep system




Hiking clothes

  • Nike sports bra
  • Under Armor heatgear long sleeve shirt
    • Switched for Under Armor tank with mesh back after 1 month
  • Athleta Excursion leggings
    • Switched for Nike dri-fit shorts afrter 1 month
    • Switched for Patagonia trekking skirt after 2 months
  • 3 pairs Injinji toe socks
    • Had to buy 4 more pairs as they got holes
  • 1 pair Smartwool socks to layer

Sleep clothes

  • Old Navy polyester 3/4 sleeve shirt
  • Smartwool Merino leggings
    • Switched for Nike shorts after 1 month
  • Mid-weight Merino socks


  • Frogg Toggs rain jacket
    • Tip: The North Face rain jackets are water resistant. Mine was useless on the AT. There is no such thing as a waterproof AND breathable jacket. I opted for waterproof over breathable and only wear my rain jacket after hiking, once I change into dry clothes and want to remain dry. 
  • Columbia rain pants
    • Sent home after 1 month- these were not necessary to have, but helped to insolate when I was cold at camp at night and in the mornings.
  • Mid layer: Patagonia R1 fleece
  • Down layer: L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 hooded jacket



  • Altra Lone Peak 2.5 trail runners
    • Tip: Absolutely loved these shoes but they were terrible in the rain and mud. I switched to Solomons after quickly demolishing 3 pairs in 2 months 
  • SOLE inserts
    • Tip: SOLES worked much better than Super feet, which gave my feet bad blisters. They also have a 99 day return policy regardless of the sole condition.
  • Crocs 


  • Medium Sea to Summit stuff sack
  • Apple headphones
  • iPhone5s with Lifeproof waterproof case and charger
  • iPad mini with Lifeproof Case and charger
  • Ankor 20,000ma external battery
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver edition
  • 3 GoPro Batteries
  • GoPro wall charger
  • SD card converter 
    • Amazing for quickly transferring photos to iPad or iPhone 
  • 2 64GB microSD memory cards


  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diva cup
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Needle with small small amount of thread
  • Dr. Bonner's soap
  • Travel size brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Contacts (dailies to prevent eye infections)
  • Egyptian Magic
    • Used for literally everything (moisturizer, conditioner, on blisters, on bugbites, to lubricate my feet and prevent blisters, to prevent chafe)


  • Small waterproof Sea to Summit stuff sack
  • Advil 
  • Zyrtec
    • Tip: I don't usually get allergies, but I experienced extreme allergies (eyes swollen/crusted shut most mornings) on the trail through June
  • Prescript Assist probiotics
    • Tip: I don't know if taking probiotics made a difference, but it made me feel better about the lack of nutrients in my diet. This brand is the only FDA approved probiotics that are scientifically proven to be effective.