This is a ready-to-go camping package for two backpackers headed out to the backcountry. If you have access to some gear already and don't need everything below, then you should order from our site a la carte - browse all of our gear by category from the menu options at the top of this web page. You should also order item-by-item if you wish to fine tune the makeup of your gear, as a preset package does only represent what a "lot of people" could use, but maybe not you. It may be easier to work with a package approach , however, as all you have to do is do a little shopping for food, some incidentals and you're ready to head out for a great wilderness adventure. But like tonight's special at your favorite restaurant, "no substitutions please".
This package has most of the pieces needed for a comfortable camping experience for a pair of backpackers willing to share a few common-use items. The package includes shelter, sleeping gear, cooking gear, hydration system, lighting, and packs and poles to carry it all. The entire set below should weigh in at about 12 pounds for each backpacker.
Here's what's in the box(es) we ship to you:
Shelter: 2-person lightweight backpacking design tent, typically from Big Sky International or comparable innovative brand. It will be one normally on-hand from our two-man tent rental options. Add rain gear and clothing options for each appropriate to the expected weather.
Sleeping gear: Two comfortable and effective sleeping bags rated in the 30 - 35' range, which means most adults would stay warm in temperatures as low as that range, plus 2 backpacking style mattress pads approximately 20" wide by 72" long. This set will be lightweight and compact down well for carrying in your pack. See specifics for each under our sleeping gear category. Bring something to use as a small lightweight pillow.
Cooking gear: One canister-style stove and one super light titanium kettle for suitable for boiling water for freeze-dried meals, soups and coffee. See these specifics under our cooking gear category. We have food options on our site you can add to your cart, but you'll need to pick up fuel locally.
Hydration system: One pump-style water filter and two 3-liter water bladders. See details on these items under our hydration category. Consider a small extra water bottle for dry stretches requiring more volume and for flexibility for powder mix flavorings and electrolytes.
Lighting: The easiest and lightest option for lighting in the backcountry is the old reliable headlight; one for each backpacker. Perfect for last minute scurrying around camp before retiring; tent reading; and the inevitable nature call in the middle of the night. Just not so good for staring in the eye of your backpacking mate. See more details on our rental lights.
Transport: A medium capacity pack in the 60-65 liter capacity range for each backpacker, typically from Osprey or Deuter. All have adjustable torsos so our packs will fit just about anyone comfortably. See more details about these packs. We also include 2 sets of often under-appreciated hiking poles - your hand rails in the wilderness.
The above will more than get you started, but you will need to fill in items from home to keep yourself as comfortable and safe as possible. Just don't overpack! For more ideas on what you might need and how to best prepare for a trip, we have a number of articles under our "Learn" menu tab above, including our go-to list of gear options.