Outdoor Recreation

Some Essential Tips for Smart Backpacking

  • Buy a light simple backpack with satisfactory capacity. If you buy a heavy pack that has too much carrying capacity, you will definitely be tempted to make it full. And when it is full, it will be difficult to handle smoothly.

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  • If you are backpacking as a group member, you can share your gear like cooking gear and tent with your companion. It will reduce the weight of the backpack.
  • Try to use your backpack without its hip belt. You will like it.
  • Don’t pack at the last moment. Last-minute packing causes you suffering. There is a strong possibility that you forget to pack necessary things and carry the things you don’t need.
  • Don’t purchase an overkill sleeping bag. Surprisingly most people purchase a sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures but use it almost 90% time for summer camping.
  • You may use a useful silk liner which adds warmth but weighs very little as like as 4 ounce only.
  • Always air out the bag during your lunch and as quick as possible set up the camp. Moisture may evaporate and your bag may fully loft.
  • Don’t forget to eat some foods and drink before you go to bed. That’s going to help the body to heat the sleeping bag efficiently.
  • Buy a good quality ultralight tent to save money and to reduce weight as well as.
  • In some hot or dry regions, you might also use your sleeping bag cover or a bevy sack as shelter.
  • Think once more in the last moment before you leave. If the weather looks good you may leave less important items in your car like rain coat. That will reduce weight.
  • For clothing, always try to avoid cotton. Cotton usually takes time to get dry and it’ll be heavy to carry your wet clothes.
  • If your backpack has large buckle or cord locks, try to find out a way of replacing them with a lighter ones.
  • Try to avoid heavy materials in your backpack. There are some lightweight materials with heavy duty and you can simply use them for sleeping bag or tent. There are some ultralight gears as well.
  • In case of sudden wet weather, you may need backpack cover. Try to find out a light one. Silicon-coated backpack covers may be a good choice as they are made ranging from 1.3 ounce only. But make sure to check your backpack cover’s specifications provided by the manufacturing company.
  • While choosing your sleeping bag, try to give preference on weight. You may still purchase down bags. It may sound stupid but the truth is- even if they get wet, you won’t need to worry about its efficiency. Down bags are protected with natural oil that works like geese whereas a heavy quality bag is made of shell fabrics. What you need to do is- ensuring a dry and waterproof space to accommodate your backpack cover.
  • Always keep a handy towel so that you can wipe out any condensation sticking to your tent’s wall. A small and handy towel can help you to a great extent to ensure your sleeping bags maximum performance.
  • Try to buy a best lightweight backpacking stove or you can build DIY backpacking stove at home.

Last of all, make sure that you have not packed anything odd that you won’t need in the camping. Try to avoid heavy and high metal elements while you are planning to have an ultralight backpack. In some cases, it often happens that people forget to pack necessary items being haste. So I would like to suggest you not to hurry so much while packing your outdoor essentials. Follow the tips stated above and have a safe and secure outing. ☺

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