Budget Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Under $1,000)
Ultralight backpacking can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. When friends ask me how much they need to spend on gear to start doing multi-day backpacking trips, and I tell them that my backpacking gear cost upward of $3,000, they are understandably hesitant. That’s a lot of money to spend on a new hobby before you even know if you will enjoy it.
The good news is, you can get started lightweight backpacking for less than a third of what I spent. Here is an example of a high-quality, budget gear list for beginners. This list includes everything you’ll need for multi-day hikes in 3-season conditions, without breaking the bank.
It has a base weight of only 13 lbs (28 lbs fully loaded with five day’s supplies) and costs under $1,000. You can probably spend even less if you shop around for deals online.
Packing & Camping Gear
Total Weight: 8.4 lbs, Cost: $530
Cooking and Hydration Gear
Survival and Miscellaneous Gear
Weight & Cost Summary
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