For a weekend in Yosemite, you will need to have your backpack ready.

Christie Turnbow
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It was physically exhausting, but it was unforgettable! I learned a lot about how to plan for my backpacking trip, and what items were essential for Yosemite’s backcountry.

Essential Gear


My personal backpack, the Gregory Cairn68, is my Gregory Cairn 68. It was specifically designed for women and features easy organization.

Sleeping bag

This sleeping bag is my favourite for warmth, comfort, and light weight for packing.


The MSR HUBBA HUBBA X tent is ideal for backpacking. It’s light enough to fit two people.

Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad is a must-have for any backpacking trip. These pads are lightweight and compact, but they provide great comfort for long days of hiking.

Solar Charger

Solar chargers are the best way to charge your electronics while on vacation. It can be attached to your backpack, and will charge your devices as you hike.

Portable Speaker

For campfire entertainment, don’t forget a portable speaker. FUGOO Sport Speakers are waterproof, wireless and can hold a charge for up to 40 hours.


A headlamp with LED is a must for navigation in the dark, especially if you are “when nature calls” at night!

Portable Burner

The portable burner folds down compactly so that you can transport light, but still have hot water and a meal. Don’t forget to bring the fuel!


This lightweight aluminum backpacking cookware set makes a great camping companion.

Coffee Kit

A backpacking trip is a great way to get coffee lovers on the go. For a quick pick-me up in the morning, pack an enamel mug and an aeropress.


Although this option is completely optional, it’s worth it to have a flask of whiskey with you to keep warm on cold nights.

Water filter

A water filter is the most important item you should have for backpacking in the backcountry. It allows you to draw water from the lakes.

Water Bottle

Vapur Water Bottles are great for any type of travel. They hold 1L of water, and they collapse when empty. (Bring 2!)

To store food and other fragrant items in the backcountry, you will need a bear container. You can bring your own bear can, but don’t be discouraged. They can be rented at Ranger stations for $5, and you can drop them off at any station for return.

Essential Accessories & Supplies

iPhone Case

The OtterBox Resurgence Case will keep your phone charged and protected while you travel. To make my battery last longer, I turn my phone to airplane mode. This is even when taking lots of pictures.

SPF Lipbalm

My lips get chapped especially at higher elevations. Sugar Lip moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15 is a must-have for me.

Coconut Oil

Conscious coconut oil can be used as a face wash, moisturizer and shaving cream. It also provides itch relief.


COOLA sunscreen products are my favorite. For organic protection, sun protection, pack a SPF 30 Sport spray and their Matte Finish Face sunscreen.


Moleskin is the best option for any blisters that might occur during your travel. To keep your feet dry, it’s worth carrying a small travel-sized bottle of baby powder.

Cutting Board

You will need a flexible cutting board, a knife and a sharp knife to prepare meals by the fireside.

Wet wipes

Stall Mates wipes can be used as portable, flushable, and eco-friendly toilet wipes. These wipes are individually wrapped, making them ideal for backpacking.

Plastic bags

Ziploc bags are great for organizing snacks and dirty wipes. For any trash, you’ll need at least one small trash bag.

Essential Apparel

Hiking boots

Hiking boots are the best investment you can make. These boots are made from breathable material and supportive.

Active Wear

ALALA’s leggings are my favorite. I love their stylish, but practical, athletic tops, bras, and bottoms. They are made in NYC.

Down Jacket

Your best friend is a down jacket that folds into a small ball. Eddie Bauer down jackets are my favorite! They come in so many beautiful colors!


Polarized sunglasses can be your best friend. Blenders Eyewear has a stylish and affordable pair.

Socks made of wool

Wool socks are better for hiking than cotton socks. They keep your feet dry and wick away moisture.

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