I’m an outdoor loving southern girl! Office life during the week but come Friday afternoon, I’m usually headed for woods or water. Backpacking, hiking, paddling, or trail running feed my soul like nothing else. It’s like a gift to my heart straight from the Creator.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
Never leave home without it!
I bought my first Sawyer Squeeze about 5 years ago and have accumulated a few more. I have one in my car, a mini version in my trail running bag, and of course one in my backpacking bag. Be mindful of not letting it freeze and of keeping it backflushed often though or you may find yourself with a compromised filter.
Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Sleeping Bag Liner
If you need to stretch a bag down a few degrees or want something you can use on its own in warmer seasons, this liner is great. I bought it when my budget just wouldn’t allow for the expense of another bag in the middle of two extremes and it has worked like a charm.
Salomon Sense Ride Trail Running Shoe - Women's
Wonderful shoe for skinny feet!
I love these shoes! I have a very thin/bony foot so the taper on these shoes has been great. I wore them in downpours on the AT and they dry fast and stay secure. I love the cable “laces” and garage for holding the closure out of the way. No more loose shoelaces getting frozen together or glued together with mud!
Marmot NanoWave 45 Sleeping Bag
Great budget bag
I bought this bag to round out my more modular system and here in the southeastern US, it has gone out in 4 season use. Perfect in the spring and fall for me and then in winter, I added a liner and used it in the 30s. Of course, your personal sleeping preferences will affect your usage. Bag compresses well and is fairly roomy.
NEMO Hornet 2P Tent
I love this tent.
I backpack around the SE US so bugs and humidity are the name of the game. This tent has a ton of ventilation, very open head space, and wide vestibules. I will say the little plastic pieces that open up the ceiling area can be tricky to pack away if you are in a downpour or any other situation that would cause you to be rushed. That is my only complaint at all. The bathtub floor is great, the double sided entry is a must, and I really, really love the jake’s foot snaps on the tent-they make the poles super secure.
Sawyer MINI Water Filter
I have these stashed everywhere!
Best $20 I’ve ever put into my backpacking experience. I’ve been using the Sawyer Squeeze Mini for over 5 years and while some will complain about the flow rate, if you keep it clean, it is not an issue. If you are in very messy water, it might be worth it to pour your water through a bandana or something but, for most of your streams backflushing is going to be enough. As with most filters, you don’t want to ever let it freeze so I do advise you throw it into your sleeping bag or something if temps are below freezing. I now have one I my car and one in my travel bag.