I recently took my first trip to Yosemite and spent three days trekking through the backcountry.
While it was physically tough, it was an unforgettable experience! I learned a lot about planning for my backpacking trip and what essentials were needed to be completely prepared for Yosemite’s backcountry.
Here’s my guide to backpacking essentials for a weekend in Yosemite!
The Gregory Cairn 68 is my personal travel backpack. It’s designed specifically for the female body and is built for organization and easy access!
This sleeping bag is my favorite for comfort, warmth and it is lightweight for packing purposes!
You really want a light tent for backpacking, and the MSR HUBBA HUBBA NX is light and spacious enough for two people.
I learned that a sleeping pad is an absolute essential for a backpacking trip. They’re compact and lightweight but provide serious comfort after a long day of hiking.
A solar charger is the best way to charge any must-have electronics during your trip! Just strap it to your backpack and it’ll charge your devices while you hike.
For campfire entertainment, don’t forget a portable speaker. The FUGOO Sport Speaker is wireless, waterproof and holds a charge for 40 hours!
An LED headlamp is an absolute essential for navigating in the dark (especially for “when nature calls” at midnight!)
This portable backpacking cookware set is perfect for any overnight camping trip, and is made of lightweight aluminum.
While this is totally optional, it’s totally worth the extra weight to bring along a flask with whiskey to keep you warm on cold nights.
Probably the most important thing you need for backpacking the backcountry is a water filter to collect drinking water from lakes.
I love Vapur Water Bottles for all types of travel, but they’re great for backpacking since they hold 1L of water and collapse when empty. (Bring 2!)
You will need a bear can to store any food and fragrant items while in the backcountry. But don’t worry about bringing your own. Ranger stations rent them for only $5 and have easy drop off stations for returning them at the end of your trip.
Read More: The Ultimate Campsite Packing Gear Guide
Essential Accessories & Supplies
Stay charged and protected throughout your trip with the OtterBox Resurgence Case! I also turn my phone on airplane mode to make the battery last all weekend- even with lots of picture taking.
Especially in the higher elevation, my lips always get chapped. I don’t go anywhere without Sugar Lip moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15.
Conscious Coconut oil can act as face wash, moisturizer, shaving cream, itch relief and so much more throughout your trip!
For blisters that may arise during your journey, moleskin is the best solution. It’s also worth packing a travel sized bottle of baby powder to keep your feet dry.
For preparing meals fireside, make sure to pack a flexible cutting board and a sharp knife for easy prep!
Stall Mates wipes are Flushable, portable, eco-friendly bathroom wipes. They’re individually wrapped so they’re perfect for backpacking!
If you are going to invest in one item, it needs to be hiking boots! These boots are supportive and made of breathable material.
I love ALALA‘s line of leggings and tops. They’re stylish but practical athletic tops, bras and bottoms from NYC and I’m obsessed.
A down jacket that can be folded into a tiny ball will be your best friend. I love the Eddie Bauer down jackets- plus they have so many pretty colors!
Polarized sunglasses are your eyes’ best friend! Grab a pair that’s inexpensive and stylish from Blenders Eyewear.
While they’re a bit pricier than cotton socks, you want wool socks when hiking. They wick away moisture and keep your feet dry.