Occasionally, people contact me looking for information on starting their own gear list. There are actually a few sites that folks use to do this, however, I have always been a fan of my DIY Google Doc Spreadsheet Gear List, for no other reason than this is what I have always used. So, when folks ask me about this, I generally tell them to feel free to simply make a copy of one of my own gear list, then plug-in their own info. To do so is quite easy:
Make sure that you are logged into your own Google Doc’s account.
Open one of my gear list. (Click HERE)
In the top left hand corner of my gear list, click: “File”
Next, click: “Make a copy…” from the drop-down list
In the dialogue box that opens, you can rename it to what you want, then click: “OK”
Once you do this, a new page will open up. This will be your own spreadsheet to manipulate to suit your own specific needs. Feel free to start erasing my info and plugging in your own!
As well, when you make a copy of the spreadsheet, all of the formulas that I have inserted will automatically be copied with them. So, when you plug-in the weight of your own gear, the final totals, as well as the gear chart, will be updated to reflect these changes. All the work has been done for you, minus simply weighing your own gear and plugging in that information.
For more info on the formulas and what it affects, be sure to check out the video above.
I hope that this can be of some help to everyone that comes across it. In my opinion, a spreadsheet is a very important piece of information for UL backpackers, and especially so to those that are new to lightweight, or UL backpacking.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them below!
Thanks for stopping by…
Disclaimer: I created this spreadsheet from scratch. This is no one else’s design. I am not charging anyone to copy my spreadsheet, however, in return, I do ask for a shout out if someone happens to ask you about your own gear list (you know, if it is based on mine).