What You Really Need for Camping & Backpacking | Essential Gear Guide

Camping and Backpacking in 2020 have become our best and safest travel options, so whether it’s your first time camping or you’re a seasoned trail veteran, this camping gear guide will share the best backpacking essentials you’ll need for your next camping trip.

I’m Alex, I’m a travel filmmaker, photographer, and TV host. I’ve been hiking, backpacking, and camping since my childhood, and that love of nature has led me to many outdoor adventures in the backcountry of North America, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. In this video, I’ll share all my tips and insights on the essential equipment you need to safely and comfortably enjoy the great outdoors without overpacking unnecessary gear.

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50 Comments

  1. Bouse Master on December 12, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    What you fail to mention is that all that gear cost about $1000 bucks if not more. Starting backpacking is not a cheap entry level fee

  2. mohsen gol on December 12, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I really enjoy it . thank you so much .

  3. le6tat on December 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    …but the booty on that girl. Damn!! She’s a stallion.
    Thanks for the video. Nice ideas as well.
    Over packing is my biggest problem.

  4. Imelda Kennington on December 12, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    a 30 min advert.

  5. Tyler Boyer on December 12, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    this was great man. bravo ☀️☀️👌😎

  6. obidamnkenobi on December 12, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    88L pack? Hah! still have the 110 L pack my dad got me in boy scouts (90s). A svelte 8 lb for the pack, but carries well!

  7. DJZROB ZOMBIE on December 12, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    It’s a 30 minute commercial lol ….

  8. Peterson Family Adventures on December 12, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I am getting ready to take my two boys ( 10 and 12) on their first backpacking trip, so this was very helpful. Happy trails!

  9. Zhōu yǔ Qiáo on December 12, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    I’m 35 years old and haven’t been camping since I was about 14 years old. Recently, for whatever reason (maybe the pandemic), I’ve become absolutely obsessed with the idea of getting out there. It’s a little depressing realizing that I didn’t take advantage of my 20s and early 30s to camp, but no better time than the present to start I suppose. Excellent video! Exactly what I needed begin putting a list together. Thank you!

  10. Wanderlust & Frost on December 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Can’t get enough of backpacking tips & tricks, so thank you for this video!!!

  11. Kick Starter on December 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    keep it up

  12. Abdullah Zackariah on December 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Checkout my camping collection 👕
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  13. D B on December 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    17:50 Those are actually NOT MRE’s. Those are freeze dried meals that require hot water. MRE’s by definition are Meals Ready to Eat, because they include all the liquid/water necessary to eat.

  14. Robert Scott on December 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Good luck, 🤔🤔

  15. Outlaw on December 12, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Would you suggest the "Lifestraw" for water filtration?

  16. Connor on December 12, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    My art teachers husband climbed Everest and lll never forget the “ounces lead to pounds and pounds lead to pain” Moto he told us.

  17. obidamnkenobi on December 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Disagree on the thermarest neoair pad. Bought it, used twice, and was awful! Very expensive, incredibly loud! and no baffles so if you side sleep you a)push through to the ground, and b) easily roll of! It’s like sleeping on a balloon!

  18. Rob - K8BCR on December 12, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    All that stuff that packs down to "nothing" definitely adds up. I really dont think that was paracord….

  19. Christian Spacil on December 12, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Mahalo my dude. Super informative video good on ya

  20. Asainboi // Productions on December 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    You should get things from rei

  21. Daniel Coffey on December 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    You need auctal mres from the us military if you want some let me know

  22. Ken Senes on December 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Ken here from Alabama. I’m a very inexperienced 70 year old hiker who just spent 8 days solo during the middle of November on the Appalachian Trail. Carried an Osprey Atmos 65L that was 52 pounds with water. Way too much weight! The weight alone made it miserable for me most of the time. Have several pieces of the same equipment you showed, i.e., Nemo Disco 15 Sleeping Bag, Thermarest Pad, REI tent (same weight), Jet Boil Flash, etc. Made a promise to myself that if I can’t get my total weight under 30 pounds then I’m done with hiking. Curious how much weight you normally carry for such a solo trip as the one that I just came off of? Thanks.

  23. Louiesa Malicdem on December 12, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Am on here on Youtube searching for camping guidelines and happy that i found this video!

    my husband has just recently rented gears from mygaragerentals.com (i wonder if anyone has heard of this) at an amazing fee and we cant wait to go on this trip

    so thank you !!

  24. This name is fake on December 12, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    When I did DofE with my mate’s we brought an 6 man tent (there were 4 of us and 3 of us are very tall) and split it between us. Bad decision, but the school provided tents were awful the year before. Probably should’ve gone with smaller tents because that thing was heavy! 😂

  25. Caleb M. F on December 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    as long as you have a mess kit and extra socks your good. 😉

  26. Cynical on December 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    My pack is 60 pounds and I love it 😎

  27. Temisan Popo on December 12, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    how do you avoid getting lime disease ?

  28. ABROSSA on December 12, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    But now show us how to pack this into mentioned backpack:)

  29. Akko Chan on December 12, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Doggo: how long is walk gonna be hooman?
    Hooman: Couple of days
    Doggo: oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh *bark* yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

  30. CLaude Laplante on December 12, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Great video! Would love to see what your packing for puppy!!

  31. AlexTheVagabond on December 12, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Hey Vagabonds!

    Comment where you’re from and where your favorite camping trip was! ⬇️

    Here’s the link to all the gear mentioned in this video.
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/alexthevagabond?listId=2M2T781485I7J

  32. Boss Techno on December 12, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Why would I want to know what hair gel you use?

  33. Mariusz Wiesiolek on December 12, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I was skeptical of watching 30 min video, but damn, worth every sec; thanks man!

  34. Muad' Dib on December 12, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Great information. I am more informed today than I was yesterday. Thank you. 🙏

  35. TheMcpvideo on December 12, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome video ✌️ miss backpacking, camping ect

  36. Randy Holloway on December 12, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    You have too much heavy junk.

  37. squeak squevil on December 12, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Random guy flexes his very expensive camping gear. Stay tuned.

  38. Liam Marcon on December 12, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Added tip for headlamps/torches. If it has a red light option it will make your life a million times easier in an environment that has a lot of bugs, as essentially the less white the light then fewer bugs are attracted. Even warm lights make a difference but red lights especially are super helpful, they essentially don’t attract any flies or mosquitos at all.

  39. Benjamin Wright on December 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    This is a great video with actual great advice for newbies. Thank you!

  40. LP on December 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Just bring a couple bics

  41. Ryan Cole on December 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Great video, great gear list, thanks. Subscribed.

  42. Ela Le chat on December 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Wool is cruel

  43. David Jones on December 12, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    What he should say right off the top is this is what it’s going to cost to do it my way. Around 4,000.00 dollars I looked it up. I’d like to know what the hell these people do for a living I can’t even afford the damn boots how are most people going to afford all this shit plus what it’s going to cost to go to some of these places and camp . These videos are as bad as time shares

  44. Christian Mairena on December 12, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    THANKYOU!!!!!

  45. Tamding Namgal on December 12, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    It was pretty long video.

  46. CatLady on December 12, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    7:20 Eww! 🤢 Pillow drool stains! 🤤

  47. Duncan Fitzgerald on December 12, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Did you ever try a LifeStraw for your water?

  48. thexitto on December 12, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Great gear guide!
    btw.. Buffs are obsolete for COVID..

  49. Randy Holloway on December 12, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    This video must be a parody or joke of some kind. Full of out-dated, old, heaven, equipment from the 1990s. Don’t follow his advice.

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