Budget Backpacking Gear List – Go Camping for $250

Budget Backpacking Gear List. Go camping for under $300 – Tarp Camping, Tent Camping, & Hammock Camping options shown.

Use the link above for weights, descriptions, & product links for current pricing online using my live gear list on

For an easier read, check out my full blog post here:

Printable version of gear list available on my website’s Gear List Page in both PDF and CSV format (for spreadsheets)


65L Backpack, Scandinavian Gear


Tarp, 8 x 10
Tent Spike, Aluminum
Guylines w/ tensioners

Sleep System:

Sleeeping Bag, Animato 40
Ground Cloth, Tyvek 6′
Sleeping Pad, Foam (lots of options out there for $7 to $15)


Bear Bag Line (25′ guyline leftover from tarp setup, and small carabiner)
Bear Bag – 13 gal trash bag
Zip-lock Bag – Sandwich
Zip-lock Bag – Gallon

Cooking & Eating:

Matches – Waterproof
Cookpot, DIY
Paper Towel Squares
Windscreen, DIY Aluminum
Spoon – Plastic Fast Food
Lighter, Disposible

Water Treatment & Storage:

Water Bottle – 1.5 Ltr, Disposable
Katadyn BeFree Water Filter System


Compass, Brunton Classic
Knife, Folding Pocket

First Aid:
First Aid Kit
(Adhesive bandages, 1 gauze bandage, superglue, neosporin in straw tube, tealight wax candle,

6 doses benedryl, 10 doses ibuprofen, spare water bottle cap)
Sunscreen – 30 SPF 10ml bottle
Fire Starter, DIY (dryer lint and wax, or cotton balls with vasoline)
Bug Spray – 100% Deet Mini Bottle

Clothing (Packed, not worn. For spare, sleeping, rain):

Frogg Toggs Ultralight Rain Jacket
Underwear – Synthetic (1 Pair)
Shirt, Long Sleeve -Lt Wgt
Shirt, short sleeve
Hat, Beanie – Lt Wgt Fleece
Wool Socks – Lt Wgt (1 pair)


Headlamp, Olight H05 AAA


Toilet Paper
Toiletry Kit
Wet Wipes
Hand Sanitizer

Additional Budget Backpacking Gear Options discussed:

Sleeping Pad Upgrade – Therm-A-rest Z-Lite

Low Cost Hiking / Trekking Poles

2 Person Tent Options:
Kelty Salida Venture 4.5 lbs
Coleman Sundome half the cost, but 7.25 lbs

Hammock Options:
Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock Body
Dutchware Chameleon Hammock System
Dutchware “Flippin the bird” hammock
Standard Nylon Tree Strap Suspension with Cinch Buckles
(simple and works with all hammocks above)

DIY Reflectix Pot Cozy Materials:

Reflectix Wrap
Reflectix Tape

Approximate Cost for Each System:

Tarp Camping version $248
Kelty tent version $317
Hammock Version $352

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Wilmington, DE 19803

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