Evacuation Planning

Backpacking 2.0 Tips to Enhance Your Backpacking Experience

 

In this article we will show you some cool tricks to enhance your backpacking experience and make your trips more enjoyable.

  • Instead of buying a compact pillow, stuff your extra clothes in your sleeping bag sack and use that instead.
  • Buy a 2 person backpacking tent and hike with a companion. I you split up the tent components, it will only weigh 3/5 to 3/4 the amount of a 1 person tent.
  • If you can handle it, using a lightweight tarp tied to some trees as your shelter can save you up to 3 pounds on shelter weight!
  • Buy lightweight steaks for your tent, you’d be surprised by how much weight it will save you.
  • If it won’t be getting cold, use a sleeping bag liner or if you don’t have one, a light blanket instead of a sleeping bag.
  • If you want to save lots of space, Use a hammock and tarp instead of a tent and a sleeping pad. You could reduce your shelter and sleeping gear to the size of a small watermelon but only 1/10 of the weight!
  • Wear lightweight clothes, it can and will save you pounds.
  • Use trekking poles, it will take loads of your feet.
  • Instead of packing 6 liters of water, bring a compact water filter and get water from creeks and streams.
  • Get a pocket sized stove and some titanium cookware, it will only weigh around 1-1.5 lbs.
  • You need light and nutritious foods, here’s some ideas. Granola bars, nuts, berries, and dehydrated foods.
  • Make sure your Backpack waist strap rest on your hip bones for maximum support.
  • Don’t wear cotton, if it rains you’ll regret it.
  • If you only need a little of something like hand sanitizer or bug spray. Take what you need and put it in a smaller container, you’ll save space and room.
  • Use the smallest possible bag for your gear, if you can pack all of your stuff into a 45 liter bag, that’s great! You should also try to keep your bag under 30 pounds (when fully packed).
  • Don’t pack overkill gear like a machete or hatchet, a good survival knife will make the cut.
  • If you can sleep good without your sleeping pad, don’t pack it.
  • Instead of using advanced cooking gear, make a soda can stove. If you pack some medial alcohol it can use that as fuel. Your stove kit can now be as light as 2oz
  • Make sure your sleeping bag is light, if it weighs more than 2 pounds it’s to heavy
  • Use Iodine treatment to filter your water, mix in some vitamin c to make it taste natural. You water filter can now weigh as light as 1.1oz
  • For a first aid kit you only need a few Band-Aids, a little anti-biotic cream, hydrogen peroxide, medical tape and a gauze pad, this could be as light as 3oz.
  • Your boots make a difference too, make sure they are extra-high quality
  • Bring some nylon rope or paracord, anything else is to heavy.
  • Only bring a book of matches unless you will be gone more than 3 days, then you can bring more.

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