Wanna know what’s in my backpack on long distance hikes in Ireland?
In this post, I will outline everything that I carry in my backpack on multi-day trails. These type of trips might include the Wicklow Way, Kerry Way or any long distance trail. It’s not recommended that you buy this gear (please do your own research) but I did choose these items based on a lot of personal use and first hand experience.
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Closer Look at My Gear List
Wild Country Coshee 1 Micro Tent
I’m taking a bit of a risk with this one. I feel my MSR tent is a bit big for “stealth camping” and the Vango Banshee is a little too bulky/heavy for my liking. Hours of research brought me to this so called “Micro Tent” by Terranova.
My Other Tent Back Home – Hubba Hubba NX 2
Sleeping Bag – Vango Cobra 400
The Vango Cobra 400 has a nylon shell that feels strong and water resistant. It packs down extremely small and offers a nice balance between weight and warmth. It’s a 700-fill goose down bag and ideal for the summer months. I am using this as my sleeping bag for the Ireland Way and will write a full review for this item at the end of my walk.
Sleeping Bag Liner – Sea to Summit Liner
This is my sleeping bag liner and I love it. A sleeping bag liner is useful for keeping this inside of my bag clean and because it’s much easier to wash a liner on trail as opposed to a sleeping bag. But the main reason I carry this item is because it offers extra warmth which I may or may not need on colder nights in the tent.
Sleeping Mat – Vango Thermatrek
I mostly carry a closed-cell sleeping mat for this trip instead of a self-inflatable mattress. It’s very light, quick to deploy and just about comfortable enough (for me). However, I’d much rather have this camp mattress instead.
Pillow – Trekology Camping Pillow
I really love this pillow. It weighs next to nothing and it’s reasonably comfortable.
I also wrote this post about the best camping pillows that you might want to check out.
Shoes, Socks & Hiking Poles
Altra Lone Peak All Weather Trail Runners
I like to wear trail runners in warmer/dry conditions but also here in Ireland. To be honest, even though they are “all weather”, they don’t offer the same protection from rain etc as a pair of hiking shoes. But because I walk such long distances, I choose to wear them. Also, these are perfect for walking the Camino!
Darn Tough Micro Crew Socks
I use 1000 Mile socks on occasion but I much prefer these hiking socks by Darn Tough. They are so durable, strong and comfortable. In my opinion, nothing comes close to these and believe me, I’ve tested a lot of hiking socks!
Hiking Poles – A200 Quick Adjustment Hiking Pole
I’ve been using hiking poles for years. Poles make so much sense and you will definitely appreciate them on a long distance walk. Hiking poles not only help with balance, they take pressure off the knees and can often be used to give yourself a push uphill or for stability to ease yourself down a steeper gradient. I bought two of these poles in Asia and gave them away recently but I’ll replace them soon.
Bum Bag – Waterfall Waist Pack
I use this bum bag by Waterfall which I have converted into a chest bag.
Head Torch – Actik Core by Petzl
I love this head torch by Petzl and have been using it for several years. If I was to recommend any other had lamp, it might be the Ledlenser MH5 head torch which I recently gave away on my Facebook page.
Water Filter – Lifestraw
I’ve used every type of water filter that I know about. They all work. I am currently using this lifestraw. FYI The Sawyer Squeeze is my all-time favourite water filtration device but don’t buy the “mini” version which takes forever to use.
Clothing in My Backpack for 2022
Insulated Black Puffy Jacket
Tresspass Black Fraser II – TP75
I’ve just bought this recently as my North Face Shell is a little old at this stage. This jacket is pretty light for a 3000mm waterproof rating and windproof aswell as having a nice sized hood which is something I look for with rain jackets.
I’m using an old pair of non-branded waterproof over trousers. They are heavier than the Mac-in-a-sac and not too tight. You really need to carry this item for hiking long distance trails in Ireland as it’s so important to stay as dry as possible.
I’m going for a reasonably light pair of gloves on this trip because when it rains hard, I most often walk with my hands/gloves in my pockets. It’s also much easier to use your hands with these type of gloves. For instance, cooking or setting up the tent or taking out the camera for a quick snap of the foul weather!
If it’s raining hard or especially cold, I add leggings and rain pants.
Karrimor Run Leggings
I use leggings on cold mornings/days and sometimes wear them to bed on especially cold nights.
Outdare is my own outdoor clothing brand. It’s a nice breathable t-shirt that suits both active and leisure wear.
It took me ages to decide between the Outdare hoodie and Outdare sweater. I went with the crew neck sweater because the cotton content makes it slightly warmer. You can support my trip/work by making a purchase on Outdare.ie.
Reebok Performance Underwear
I find these boxers feel much better on the skin while hiking. They also dry really fast after washing/getting wet.
This is also a beanie from my outdoor clothing brand. Almost any beanie will do on the trail but I do ask that my followers help support what I do by keeping Outdare.ie in mind for sweaters, hoodies, beanies etc.
Outdare Morf / Snood
Great multipurpose item that can be used for covering the neck/face and also as a sweatband.
BRS Camping Stove (and Gas Cylinder)
MSR Ceramic Solo Pot
+ Misc Kitchen items: OYL Nordic Kuksa Cup, matches, pocketknife, cloth & Tito Titanium Long Handle Spork
- iPhone, iPad mini & TP Link 15600amp powerbank to charge my electronic.
- USB charging cables & headphones.
Here’s a post with a full list and information about my camera gear.
Other Miscellaneous Items
- Hiiker App – I recommend downloading this app for hiking trails in Ireland
- Portable spade/shovel – If not available, here’s an alternative.
- Vans Herren Sunglasses
- Mosquito head net
- Gorilla Tape
- Tick remover
- Compeed / Second Skin plasters
- Dioralyte Rehydration sachets
- Ziploc bags
- SPF Lip Balm
- Emergency foil blanket
- Bar of soap
- Toilet paper
- Small Towel
Thanks so much to the kind folk that have “bought me a coffee” as encouragement for sharing this info!