Outdoor guide Corinna Mokotoff picks her go-to gear\n\n\n\nCorinna Mokotoff, a 21-year-old student at Appalachian State University, knows a thing or two about backpacking. From participating in multiple NOLS courses to guiding trips for the Outdoor Programs Department at ASU to countless overnight hikes with friends on the weekends, Mokotoff has spent her fair share of time backpacking, both locally and internationally.\n\n\n\nIn the summer of 2016, with no prior experience, the then 18-year-old Mokotoff took a giant leap and signed up for a four-week NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) backpacking trip through the backcountry of Wyoming.\n\n\n\n\u201cI fell in love with backpacking on that trip,\u201d Mokotoff said. \u201cIt was just an awesome learning experience overall, from learning about backpacking to the wilderness around us to learning about myself even.\u201d\n\n\n\nSince that trip it\u2019s been game on, Mokotoff explained, noting how a lot of her experience and knowledge in regards to packing has come from working as a leader and supervisor for backpacking trips led by the university. And her packing career hit a new high point just this summer backpacking in the mountains of Switzerland. With all that time on the trails and in the woods, Mokotoff has got her kit dialed\u2026here\u2019s what she says are some must-haves for any backpacking trip.\n\n\n\nOsprey Aura 65\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI highly recommend the Osprey Aura 65. Above all else, I use this backpack because of Osprey\u2019s AntiGravity suspension backing. It just makes carrying heavy loads for long periods more comfortable and easy on your body. ($270)\n\n\n\nKlymit V Static Sleeping Pad \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBased on its proven durability, compact size, and overall comfort, the Klymit V Static Sleeping Pad is my favorite. I\u2019ve had lots of different brands and models of sleeping pads and this thing outshines them all. ($40)\n\n\n\nSalewa Ortles Light 2 Down Jacket \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA down jacket can provide warmth and comfort when out in the elements. Like most clothes, a jacket comes down to personal preference. Knowing the materials it is made from and how they fare against the environment can be crucial to having the right piece of gear in the right situation. ($135)\n\n\n\nSalomon Authentic LTR Hiking Boots\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n I\u2019ve had great success with these boots. They\u2019re durable, reliable, and hold up well to the wet, muddy conditions in Southern Appalachia. ($140)\n\n\n\nMontbell Collapsible Chopsticks \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHaving the chopsticks, especially the collapsible ones that take up like no space, actually forces you to slow down a little bit and not just scarf down everything as quick as possible. The slower pace makes the meal that much sweeter. ($22)\n\n\n\nAquamira Water Treatment\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nStaying hydrated can be accomplished through water filters (i.e. LifeStraw or Sawyer Squeeze) or water treatment (i.e. Aquamira or Iodine drops). \u201cI\u2019ve always gone with purifying over filtering,\u201d Mokotoff said. \u201cBut it\u2019s kind of a personal preference, I just like how well Aquamira works and it doesn\u2019t leave the bad after taste like iodine.\u201d ($15) \n\n\n\nMore Gear\n\n\n\nLifeProof Cooler Backpack, $70\n\n\n\nLifeProof's insulated Backpack Cooler holds 24 cans and keeps ice up to 48 hours. It also comes with a re-freezable ice pack to lock in the chill, built-in bottle opener and features a forward flip lid for easy access.\n\n\n\nHYDY Water Bottle, $43 \n\n\n\nProud members of 1% For the Planet and BYOBottle, a music industry effort to turn the tide on plastic, HYDY water bottles are made from BPA-free stainless steel and designed for 12 hours hot thermal insulation and 24 hours cold thermal insulation. \n\n\n\nPatagonia Black Hole 100L Duffel, $179\n\n\n\nPatagonia\u2019s Black Hole collection is made from 100% recycled materials. The 100-liter Duffel is burly, lightweight, weather-resistant, and built for rugged and gear-intensive adventure travel. \n\n\n\nBioLite HeadLamp 330, $50\n\n\n\nWeighing in at only 69 grams and offering a runtime of 40 hours, the fully adjustable BioLite 330 is built for trail running and long-distance adventure. The moisture-wicking fabric eliminates chafing, and its slim profile allows it to sit flush against the forehead.\n\n\n\nSoundcast VG5 Bluetooth Speaker, $499\n\n\n\nThis portable, durable Bluetooth speaker provides clear, crisp sound and is built for the backcountry, featuring components for unbeatable durability, providing full protection against rusting, rain, snow, and sun. \n\n\n\nAdidas Terrex Agravic Flow \u2013 Designed to Flow from Trail to Pavement, $130\n\n\n\nBuilt for a smooth roll-off on any surface, these shoes offer versatility for running on or off road. A responsive Boost midsole delivers endless energy while the smooth, flexible feel adapts to uneven terrain.