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8.0 lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 2023 Optimal Setup

I’ve spent years assembling my best ultralight backpacking gear setup for multi-day hikes into the wilderness, and I’d love to share my 2023 list with you.

Because what you bring along backpacking will make or break your trip. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way.

On an attempted trek of the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland in 2014, a brutal storm put me and my inefficient gear to the test, and things went downhill fast. The humbling experience reinforced what I’d already known: it was time to overhaul my backpacking setup.

Since that fateful trip, it’s been my mission to assemble the best possible ultralight backpacking setup for my personal needs. I’ve counted ounces, scoured over reviews, and slowly pieced together my dream kit. The base weight of my 2023 ultralight backpacking gear list comes in right at eight pounds.

Nowadays, I feel light, mobile, and unstoppable on the trail.

So check out the gear I love, read a few reviews, and use the checklists as you get ready for your next adventure into the backcountry.

Because backpacking is simply better with quality ultralight gear.

Continue reading about the ultimate setup from Noel Krasomil here.


October 21, 2023

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Hello, world. I’m Noel Krasomil, the guy behind The Packable Life. I’m a trail-seeking, deal-finding, street food-devouring, blog-obsessed 30-something from Colorado, U.S.A. I have been a full-time travel writer for over a year, with no end in sight.

I created The Packable Life to inspire others to travel, hike, and blog with purpose — to grow stronger, more focused, and more inspired every day on the road. I want to challenge you to pack lighter, travel longer, hike farther, and blog smarter.

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