My gear for a trek in the Scottish Highlands

Next week I’m going on a 1-week backpacking trek in the Scottish Highlands with my friends Leon Reteig and Paul de Moel. Ever wondered what kind of stuff I bring on these hiking & wilderness camping trips (and keeping it as light as possible)? Here it is:

My trekking gear

Clothing & backpack

  • Isolation jacket (MMB Sleeka Jacket)
  • Rain jacket (Mammut Albaron)
  • Rain pants (Rab Bergen)
  • Pants (Fjällraven Forester)
  • Belt (modified Eagle Creek AT Money Belt)
  • Long sleeve shirt (5.11 Taclite Pro Shirt)
  • Short sleeve shirt (Tenson/51)
  • Shoes (La Sportiva Eco 4.0 GTX)
  • Wool socks (Perry Sport)
  • Undersocks (Coolmax)
  • Gaiters (Outdoor Designs Alpine)
  • Boxershorts (H&M)
  • Backpack (Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider 40L)
  • Cap (Fjallraven G-1000 Cap)
  • Sunglasses + pouch (Julbo Reflex Performance)
  • Buff (Outdoor Designs)
  • Hat (Patagonia)
  • Head net in pouch (Totally Herby The Stopper)
  • Gloves (Bever)

Sleep gear

  • Sleeping pad (modified BCB closed cell)
  • Sleeping bag (PHD Minim 400 Down in Sea to Summit stuff sack)
  • Tent (Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo)
  • Stakes (8 x titanium)


  • Maps (Ordnance Survey Explorer 433 and 435, scale 1 : 25.000)
  • Map case (Ortlieb waterproof)
  • Compass (Silva Field 7)
  • Whistle (Fox 40 Micro Whistle)


  • UV water purifier + spare batteries (Steripen Adventurer Opti)
  • Filter (Sawyer Mini Water Filter)
  • Narrow mouth water bag (Platypus 1L)
  • Wide mouth water bag (Nalgene cantene PE folding bottle 1L)


  • Pan + lid + rubber band (1.8 L aluminium pan)
  • Bowl (0.9 L Trangia)
  • Spoon (Sea to Summit Alpha Long Spoon)
  • Knife (Opinel No. 4)
  • Camp stove (Primus OmniLite TI)
  • Windscreen & heat reflector (Primus)
  • Pouch (for camp stove things)
  • Lighter (Bic Mini)
  • Matches
  • Fire starter (selfmade: roll of birch bark in plastic sack)
  • Pan holder (MSR)
  • Fuel (Primus Power Gas 4 Season Mix 2202)


  • Freeze dried dinners (4 Adventurefood bags with 2 portions each)
  • Crackers (5 Bever Hartekeks packs)
  • Jam (in own tube)
  • Salami
  • Cheese
  • Tea bags
  • Snack-pack (with Eat Natural cereal bars, Mule Bars, chocolate bar, beef jerky, apricots)
  • Crusli (Jordans)
  • Porridge (Brinta)
  • Chocolate powder (Neslé Hot Chocolate Mix)
  • Milk powder (Elk)
  • Stuff sack for food (Sea to Summit)

First aid & hygiene

  • First aid kit (selfmade incl. sports tape, bandages, painkillers, scissors, tweezers, lip balm, mirror)
  • Repair kit – in first aid ziplock (selfmade incl. Seam Grip glue, ducktape, needle & thread)
  • Mosquito/midge repellent (Totally Herby Stop Bite)
  • Sun screen (Aloe Gator 40+ Total Sunblock Gel)
  • Soap (Bever Zwerfzeep biodegradable)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste


  • Hiking poles (Trekmates Carbon Ultra-light)
  • Mobile phone (iPhone 5)
  • Travel papers (passport etc.)
  • Wallet with money and cards (selfmade)
  • Notepad and pencil (modified Bruna)
  • Keys
  • Extra rope (modified paracord)
  • Stuff sack (Granite Gear)
  • Digital watch (Casio F-91W)
  • Flashlight (2 Photon Micro-Lights and hands-free clip)
  • Digital camera (Sony Cybershot DSC-W30)
  • Camera pouch (Lowepo)
  • Monocular (Bushnell Bear Grylls)
  • Monocular pouch


Gear7,5 kg
Consumablesfood (4 kg) + water (1 kg) + fuel (0,5 kg) = 5,5 kg
Total backpack weight13 kg

(Clothing and other items worn on body: 2,5 kg)

Loaded backpack

Backpack fully loaded
Me wearing the pack
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