above is a photo of what I took on my month-long walk along the michinoku coastal trail.
Yup… I’m quite frankly amazed that I didn’t keel over on day 1. Total pack weight (incl. food, water and fuel) = approx. 25kg.
Mind you, I had to carry heavier items like my DSLR camera, laptop, and tripod for the “documenting” part of the project.
You can (and probably should, for the sake of your back and knees) pack a lot lighter, of course depending on the season.
Packing List (1 month, in summer time)
Backpack (with strong hip support and waterproof cover)
Trail maps (these can be ordered in advance from the Ministry of Environment - here).
First aid kit (compact)
Lightweight tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag
Headlamp (for late night and early morning walking)
Solar-charged lamp (for inside the tent, etc.)
Portable camping stove and gas (this is not really necessary - you can find food or eat cereal bars for most of the way)
Toiletries (incl. sunscreen, insect repellent, aloe vera gel for sunburns)
Quick dry towel
Sunglasses and hat
Light-weight rope (for hanging clothes to dry)
Business cards (this is Japan)
Notebook and pen
Portable cup, metal reusable chopsticks, cutlery
Quick dry trousers, shorts, t-shirts (I suggest taking long sleeves as well, both to protect yourself from the sun and to avoid mosquitoes)
Waterproof trousers and jacket
Swiss army knife
Bear bell (highly recommended by locals, especially if traveling alone!)
Snacks (granola bars, electrolytes)
Portable battery (for charging smart phone, etc)
Portable solar panel
Plastic bags (for dirty clothes and to waterproof supplies)
Ziplock bags (to waterproof important items like wallet, passport, etc)
DSLR camera (incl. USB cards, tripod, charger, etc)