Six Questions to Ask About Backpacking Gear

For hikers when backpacking you obviously want to carry less weight and you want it to be compact as well. I say obviously because there are always one or two people who want to carry extra weight for conditioning purposes. If you are not overwhelmed by the weight on your shoulders you are going to have a better time. Anyway, for most of us how do you choose which items to carry?

I’d like to say there is just one list for all trips, but the reality is every backpacking trip is different. Sometimes you’re travelling to other locations and sleeping in hotels, B&Bs or hostels. Other times you’re camping each night. Are you planning to fish? How much food do you want to carry? How far will you travel each day, and what is the terrain like? The list of questions goes on and on, and depending on your answers, what you pack will vary for each trip.

To further analyse your list, you’ll want to have a conversation with yourself. Ask yourself these six questions with regard to gear:

— Do I absolutely need it?

— Can this item perform double duty?

— When camping with friends, which items can we share?

— What is the weight and volume of the item?

— Is this essential for my safety or comfort?

— Does this fit the destination and season to which I’m backpacking?

Remember, the less you bring, the more you’ll learn, the more you’ll go backpacking, and the more enriching your experiences will be….More at Outdoor Life: When backpacking, less means more – Ottawa Citizen

In addition to the what is listed above many expert backpackers also suggest taking one luxury item as this is to be a fun activity. This item does not need to be heavy and can be a book, a special food item, lightweight hammock or whatever works for you.

If you are backpacking with friends sharing a tent, first aid kit, stove and pots is one of the best ways I have found to reduce weight. Also only one person needs to carry a map of your route.

Regarding shelter you need to decide where you comfort level is as a simple bivy sack will do for some while others will want a small lightweight tent (or bivy tent). Gaining in popularity is hammock tents but as mentioned above this needs to fit your destination and season.

Preparation is key to a great hike so observe ask these six questions when packing and have fun along the trail.

 

For hikers when backpacking you obviously want to carry less weight and you want it to be compact as well. I say obviously because there are always one or two people who want to carry extra weight for conditioning purposes. If you are not overwhelmed by the weight on your shoulders you are going to have a better time. Anyway, for most of us how do you choose which items to carry?

I’d like to say there is just one list for all trips, but the reality is every backpacking trip is different. Sometimes you’re travelling to other locations and sleeping in hotels, B&Bs or hostels. Other times you’re camping each night. Are you planning to fish? How much food do you want to carry? How far will you travel each day, and what is the terrain like? The list of questions goes on and on, and depending on your answers, what you pack will vary for each trip. To further analyse your list, you’ll want to have a conversation with yourself. Ask yourself these six questions with regard to gear: — Do I absolutely need it? — Can this item perform double duty? — When camping with friends, which items can we share? — What is the weight and volume of the item? — Is this essential for my safety or comfort? — Does this fit the destination and season to which I’m backpacking? Remember, the less you bring, the more you’ll learn, the more you’ll go backpacking, and the more enriching your experiences will be….More at Outdoor Life: When backpacking, less means more – Ottawa Citizen

In addition to the what is listed above many expert backpackers also suggest taking one luxury item as this is to be a fun activity. This item does not need to be heavy and can be a book, a special food item, lightweight hammock or whatever works for you. If you are backpacking with friends sharing a tent, first aid kit, stove and pots is one of the best ways I have found to reduce weight. Also only one person needs to carry a map of your route. Regarding shelter you need to decide where you comfort level is as a simple bivy sack will do for some while others will want a small lightweight tent (or bivy tent). Gaining in popularity is hammock tents but as mentioned above this needs to fit your destination and season. Preparation is key to a great hike so observe ask these six questions when packing and have fun along the trail.




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