Sunglasses w/silk pouch I picked up these "terminator" sunglasses from my local Wal-Mart with full ultra violet rays protection and they made it just fine all the way to Canada without a scratch! They became a part of my very body as I hiked through the desert section and since the PCT is a very exposed trail, I used them most of time even after leaving the desert behind. I also picked up a two dollar lycra band to help keep the glasses on my head for the long haul and when sweating.
Platypus water bags...2.4 liter & 1.0 liter. For the weight and packability when empty I absolutely love these bags. I treat them with care and have never sprung a leak so they score high on my list! They last a long time for me because I treat them with care by always setting them upright when full with water or I only lay them down flat on a soft surface like my sleeping pad.
"Classic" Swiss Army knife, my number 1 backpacking knife. I've never worn out a Swiss Army knife and always lose one first. At under one ounce this little work horse of a knife can do everything necessary while on a long distance hike, but I do wish that it had a can opener on it.
My famous PCT homemade cup. For years I never used a cup and opted to just use my one cooking pot as a cup before, after, or between meals with a total weight of zero... however, it really is nice to have a seperate cup for various trail beverages and I really like having one for dipping water from a shallow spring along the trail. I thought that I'd finally found the perfect excuse to pack a cup since it was so light and it packed so efficently into my MSR pot.
how to hang a bear bag Materials: Weatherproof food bag. Smaller stuff bag to throw over the branch (tent peg sacks work well). A carabiner or mini-biner. A strong, light stick. And 50 to 60 feet of lightweight tent cord or bootlace nylon.
Just your basic metal can opener found in the camping section of your favorite department store. I put this one to the grinding wheel and shaved off quite a bit of that heavy metal then drilled a new hole.
Thermax ski mask, PolyPro liner gloves, and a cotton bandana. I packed the same thermax ski mask that I've owned for 15 years and a liner set of polypropelene gloves that I've owned for 10 years. At times I wished that I'd had a more waterproof set of gloves, but I made it just fine.