Packing List

Following is a list of all the gear we took along with us for this epic adventure. We stored all our electronics and items we would not absolutely need on the hike in Antalya to allow us to keep our final packs as light as possible.

Where we found gear that proved exceptional (we could not be without it) we have bolded it below and described how it performed during this trek.

Finally, we’ve included a list of items which we highly recommend based on the challenges posed to us along the route. It’s a small list, but will help you as you plan to tackle some or all of this hike.

NOTE: for those products we highly recommend we have included an affiliate link. These are products we personally love and your purchase helps us fund the ongoing maintenance of this website and our next adventure.

Supplies:

  • Backpacks
    • Warren – Lowe Alpine TFX Kongur 65:75
    • BetsyOsprey Ariel 65 (Betsy absolutely loves this bag. She had a different bag during our previous long treks and after 300 miles found that this back eliminated all the back and knee pains she had previously. The weight is well balanced and the padding ensured there was no rubbing on her shoulders or hips. Now Warren’s eying his own.)
  • Tent – we fell in love with the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 on a previous hike and knew this was the perfect companion for this adventure. It is light, sets up in less than 3 minutes, and provides the protection and ventilation you desire. Plus, at less than 4lbs (2 kg) this tent will not unduly weigh you down. We are huge fans.
  • Sleeping bags – once again we went with a company we love and selected the Big Agnes Lost Ranger bags. They pack up small and kept us plenty warm even on those cold nights in the mountains. The bags are rated down to 15F, but we only tested them down to about 35-40 and they worked great.
  • Sleeping pads -we each used the Big Agnes Air Core sleeping pads. We love how compact this rolls up and the comfort through the evenings, especially the hard and rocky ground which is the standard throughout this hike.
  • Hiking Poles – we fell in love with our Black Diamond Ergo Cork Trekking Poles while hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland. Having poles is a good idea when carrying a 15kg pack as it helps you up the inclines and saves your knees on the down. Many times we were saved by the poles when we steps on a rock and it turned under our feet. These poles held up fantastic to a month of constant use and kept us safe and our knees feeling good.
  • Water containers – we had 1 neoprene style 1L bottle and 3 simple 1.5L water bottles from a store and refilled them throughout the hike. We chose not to use bladders given the easy access to refill the bottles.
  • Headlamp – we each carried a Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp which is invaluable when the sun is setting at 5pm and you’d still like to be able to see a path to the rest room.  They worked without fail, though we recommend turning one battery around when not in use so it does not accidentally come on in your pack and die out without your knowledge (a personal experience lesson from our last headlamp!).
  • Compression sacks – 1 each to store our clothes to keep them dry as well as take up less space in our bags
  • Microfiber towels (2 small) – perfect for those dips in the Mediterranean to cool off during a long hiking day
  • Straps for backpack – we used the occasionally to strap additional food (especially during the mountain portions) to the bag. These were also good to strap the wet tent to the outside after a night of rain.
  • Rain cover (2) – we each had a good rain cover to fit our backpacks. Investing in the higher quality and completely waterproof is so valuable when the rains come.

Clothing:

  • Shoes – we are huge fans of Keen and have used them on previous long walks so they were our first choice for this adventure. After climbing over the rocks and hilly landscape of southern Turkey for 4 weeks we must say these are truly the best shoes we’ve ever owned. Both in terms of comfort and durability these held up to all the tests we threw at them.
  • Underwear (3) – we each carried 3 pairs of ExOfficio underwear, the only type of underwear we wear. Hands down these are the best fitting and most comfortable options we found for hiking or just lying around. They dry in a flash from sweat (eww, we know) and from washing. You could easily hike the whole trail with just 1 pair if you wanted to.
  • Shirts (1) – we each carried 1 long-sleeve shirt to protect our arms from the sun, but they proved far more valuable to protect from the endless stickers and thorns on the Lycian Way. We bought these at a second-hand shop because they don’t have to be fashion statements or investment pieces.
  • T-Shirts (3)
  • Shorts/Skirt (1) – Warren carried one pair of shorts while Betsy has 1 skirt
  • Pants – Warren carried just 1 pair while Betsy has 2. These provided protection through all the thorny scrub/maqui, which is a nightmare on your legs with all the stickers. Also, bringing a pair of warmer pants is good for the cold mornings/evenings.
  • Socks (3) – we each fell in love with our SmartWool socks during this hike. We carried 3 pairs each and would rotate them between laundry days.
  • Sun Hat (1) – absolutely invaluable protection against the near constant sun and limited shade
  • Knit hat (1) – we also both carried knit hats to keep our heads warm and loved the decision when the temperatures dropped
  • Bandana (1) – this keeps the sweat and hair from your face during long, hard hiking days
  • Rain jacket
    • Warren’s Columbia Men’s PFG Supercell™ Jacket earned it’s way into his pack during the deluge we had one full day of hiking. It kept his torso completely dry, despite heavy downpours for 8 hours. Highly recommend their gear as it is worth it on the trail.
    • Betsy carried a lesser quality rain jacket (her Columbia jacket was stolen on a train a month earlier) which turned out to be ineffective against heavy rain.
  • Rain pants (2)
  • Flip flops – perfect for slipping into after a day of hiking and letting your feet breathe. Betsy used her Vibram 5-finger shoes.
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves – there were some rather cold mornings so we wore light gloves for the first couple hours

Personal kit

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet Paper
  • Antibacterial wipes – these are invaluable on the trail to keep some level of cleanliness. We used them each night for a quick bath.
  • Soap
  • Poop shovel. There, we said it. You need a little shovel to dig your bathroom space and cover up what you deposit. Don’t leave Mother Nature ugly, and definitely don’t leave your tissue blowing in the wind.

Electronics:

  • Camera (with extra batteries & SD cards) – every picture on this site was shot with the fantastic Panasonic Lumix LX7. Warren is in love of this camera and has carried one on our travels since 2010 (originally the LX3) . It is compact so it will add very little to the weight of your pack but has the ability to take excellent pictures. A perfect blend.
  • Video camera – all the videos were shot with a Kodak Playsport. The combination of high quality HD video and good sound made this an excellent choice to carry. As an added bonus, it is completely waterproof to capture those moments of relaxation in the Mediterranean.
  • Tripod – Warren carried a Joby Gorillapod to snap the pictures of us as well the videos included on the site. It is a flexible and light solution to the need to take stable images and videos while exploring the world.

Medical supplies:

  • Aspirin
  • Blister pads – we thought of our Compeed blister pads like gold on the Lycian Way. We used them throughout the hike to protect different parts of our feet to ensure no blisters rared up. These are fantastic additions to any hiker’s medical kit.
  • Band-aids
  • Tape
  • Immodium

Miscellaneous

  • Notebooks & pens – during the hike we had a lot of time to think and come up with many new and interesting ideas. It was great to have something to easily jot down the experience as we went as well.
  • Playing cards – good way to relax at the end of a day
  • Ziploc bags – we used them to store our passports and money to keep them dry. In addition, when the rain came we put all our electronics in them as further protection beyond the rain covers of our bags.

Recommended Items

These are items we did not bring but would highly recommend to others

  • GPS – without a doubt this is the most poorly marked trail we’ve encountered. The markings often leave you left in the middle of a field or in the midst of a screen field with no identifiable route or path. This is particularly worrying in the mountains where the length of days are short and the need to stay on a path and not spend hours lost is a major concern.
  • Matches/lighter – there are a few opportunities on the trail to build a nice, warm campfire. The conditions are dry so we did not feel completely comfortable, but it is certainly possible.
  • Insect repellant – we only needed it a couple times, and only in paynsions (aka hostels) where they seemed to have a problem. In those instances it would have been invaluable