Backpacking Essentials for a Weekend Hiking Trip

Backpacks + Hiking Boots

Having the right backpack is one of the most important things to consider. There’s no “one backpack fits all” when it comes to carrying a backpack with all your essentials for hours at a time! It depends on your body build, size, and length of the trip. This article has some awesome information on finding the right backpack for you.

The above also applies to hiking boots! For those that have seen the movie “Wild”, you’ll know the importance of comfortable and durable shoes (let’s not go throwing our boots off the cliff, if you know what I mean). This article is a good resource if you need to learn more about finding the right hiking boot.

I’ve had my Gregory Packs Cairn 68L (which is no longer available) for as long as I can remember and used it on the Inca Trail and on my Yosemite backpacking trip. I’d recommend something with an aluminum frame to help support the weight!

For hiking boots, I’m honestly still looking for my Cinderella fit. I have the Danner Mountain Light Cascade, which I love for short hikes, but I’m not sure I’d trust them on a multi-day trek. Hiking boots need to be broken in so you have to trust that what you buy is gonna be comfortable in the long-term.

Some of my favorite backpacks for women:

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Some of my favorite multi-day hiking boots for women:

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