Backpacking Weight Calculator


Aug 9, 2007
I thought I'd share this old tool of mine. I haven't used it much lately although I did just go through and add some of my newer equipment to see how it adds up.

Here's how it works.

I've added most of the items I would carry in my backpack to this spreadsheet as well as their weights. If I own 4 sleeping bags, I put all of them on the list. When it's time to pack for a trip, I just go down the list and change quantities. If I want to bring my freestanding tent rather than my stake-out tent, I just change the quantity to zero for one and 1 for the other. Or perhaps we're trying to figure the best way to split weight between two packs. Add the tent to Pack 2, add the stove to pack 1. The list even calculates how much water weight you will carry depending on how many liters of water you pack.

It's far from perfect and if you don't know Microsoft Excel, it might not be super user friendly. But it's generally pretty easy to customize for yourself. Just replace the description and weights with those for each item that you own. Only edit the green cels, the descriptions and weights will automatically change on the second packs list when you edit them in the first.

To delete an item, delete the entire row. To insert an item (if you can't just overwrite an existing one), insert a row and copy all of the cels from another line so that the formulas copy over.

If you have a lot of time on your hands, I always thought it would be fun to really add EVERYTHING that might be brought, including food items.

Image of the spreadsheet is below, download the Excel document at the bottom of this post.

And now you can all say this out loud. "Nick is craaaaazy" :)



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Jan 17, 2012
and I thought I was anal.... :twothumbs:


Jan 18, 2012
Seriously, I LOVE time-wasters like this (but the wife hates them). I just went through and organized all 17k+ pictures I have. She wasn't very happy, but in the process I deleted over 2k photos that had no business taking space on my external HD.

I've been wanting to come up with a list of my gear like this. Looks like I'll be busy. Thanks!


Jan 18, 2012
Seriously, I LOVE time-wasters like this (but the wife hates them). I just went through and organized all 17k+ pictures I have. She wasn't very happy, but in the process I deleted over 2k photos that had no business taking space on my external HD.

I've been wanting to come up with a list of my gear like this. Looks like I'll be busy. Thanks!

OK, so how do I stop the "I am here" link from popping up??


Jan 18, 2012
You mean the one that used to be your signature? Looks like it's gone now. :)

Yes, I deleted it myself, but I'm curious how it's happening. Is it in the settings on my cell phone??
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