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Backpacking Gear Guide: Our Ultimate Packing List from Fun Life Crisis

Going on your first backpacking trip can feel overwhelming and I still remember ours like it was yesterday. I was excited, nervous and we didn’t really know what to expect. Naturally we over packed and under prepared.

We hiked for 3 days through the Sierra Mountains in California and came back exhausted, dirty, sweaty and so happy. And we couldn’t wait to go on our next trip!

Since then we’ve taken numerous backpacking trips in the US and in other countries. Backpacking is a great way to get out in nature for some fresh air, beautiful scenery, and a great workout.

In this guide, we lay out a checklist of our favorite backpacking gear. After lots of trial and error, this is the gear that we love and will set you up for a successful backpacking experience even if you’ve never been before.

See the full article from Laura and Joel on Fun Life Crisis' website here.


May 5, 2022

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Hi! We are Laura and Joel, world travelers, coffee lovers, and parents to two adorable fur babies.

In 2016 we left our accounting and engineering jobs to try something different and travel the world full time. Up to then, we had rarely left our little bubble in California so we started small by moving to Oregon and exploring the PNW. This is where we fell in love with the outdoors, hiking and backpacking.

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