What Are the Big 3 Backpacking?

By Alice Nichols

Backpacking is a popular outdoor activity that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It involves carrying all of your necessary gear and supplies on your back, as you travel from one place to the next.

There are various types of backpacking trips, from day hikes to extended treks lasting weeks or even months. The type of gear required will vary depending on the length and type of trip, but there are three essential components that form the foundation of any successful backpacking trip: a backpack, sleeping bag and shelter.


The first piece of gear needed for any backpacking trip is a backpack. The size, style and features of this will depend on the length and type of your particular trip.

You’ll need something large enough to carry all your supplies and equipment, but lightweight enough so you can comfortably carry it on your back. Additionally, look for a pack with adjustable straps, lumbar support, pockets or compartments for organizing items, and a hydration reservoir if you plan to be out in the elements for more than a few hours.

Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag is an essential piece of gear for any backpacking trip. It provides warmth and comfort while sleeping outdoors. When shopping for a sleeping bag, consider factors such as temperature ratings (cold weather bags are rated down to zero degrees Fahrenheit), fill material (down or synthetic), weight (if you’re carrying it long distances), size (if you need extra room) and compressibility (if it needs to fit into tight spaces).


Depending on the type and length of your trip, you may also need some form of shelter. This could include anything from a simple tarp or lightweight tent to an elaborate camp kitchen setup. If you plan to camp in remote areas for extended periods of time or if weather conditions are extreme, then investing in more durable shelter is recommended.


The Big 3 Backpacking items are the backpack, sleeping bag and shelter; these three essentials form the foundation of any successful backpacking trip. The size, style and features will vary depending on individual needs such as length and type of trip; however by selecting quality items that fit within budget constraints anyone can enjoy exploring the outdoors without sacrificing safety or comfort.