My favorite backpack gear is all lightweight, easy to pack, and great for beginners. This is just a short guide, as there are so many things to consider when choosing what is right for you. The tent and sleeping bag are more suited for 3 season weather than cold weather. I have not backpacked in the winter or in temps below low 40’s.
This Big Agnes tent is perfect for 1 or 2 people. It is light weight and sturdy. Moreover, I had no trouble setting it up myself.
As sleeping mats go, this mat is pretty good. It is light weight and compact. In addition, it has a self-inflate feature and the mat deflates easily.
I bought this bag after my strap broke on my old one. I love this backpack. I’m 5’1 and this pack fits me well. There is plenty of room for everything I need. The top is removable and I often do not need the space so I leave it off to lighten my load.
This CamelBak is great for short day hikes. There’s room for a water reservoir and also room for snacks and cellphone.
The Ratsack is designed of mesh and a tough velcro top closure. It keeps rodents and birds out of your food. They can’t chew through the wire. To further protect your food, you can hang the sack from a rope or tree branch.
Merrell hiking boots are both comfortable and durable. They have just enough ankle support and don’t feel heavy to walk in. These are similar to my boots as mine are older and therefore no longer available.
I have small feet so had to get youth shoes. Keen water shoes performed well in the water, were also comfortable and durable enough to hike and climb in.
This sleeping bag is light weight and compacts well, although, I don’t think it would be warm enough for colder weather.