A backpacking load does not need to be a back-breaking load even though you have to carry everything you need for camping as well as walking. Keeping the weight down can be done in two ways.
The Weight Of Each Part Of The Equipment Is Very Important
The weight of each part of your equipment, from the tent to your spoon, is important. For days of walking the weight difference between, say, one jacket and the other doesn’t matter much. For backpackers, on the other hand, a little extra weight on each tooth bit can add a sizable amount on the back. If you can’t decide between two dental items, always choose the lighter one. Most stores can tell you how heavy a tent is (though not always accurate) but few know the weight of the clothes they stock.
Taking along a small spring balance for weighing gear when you shop is well worthwhile. Those who intend backpacking in the future would do well to pay careful attention to the weight of any items like waterproofs they buy for day walking. Those who camp at roadside locations must do the same. It might not matter how heavy your tent or sleeping bag is if you arrive at the location by car but if you plan to use the same equipment for backpacking, the weight will be very important.
Everything You Take Is Really Needed
Ask yourself if everything you take is really needed. Be cruel. If you are not sure …Continue Reading >>