Based on some backpacking experience over the years, I’ve come up with this list of ways to reduce the weight of your pack. Read and Learn.
- Toilet Paper: Anyone who has moved before knows one thing: Books are heavy. Guess what books are made of?…. PAPER! That’s right, the same thing that they use to make toilet paper. I suggest you lighten your toilet paper load. Next time you go to the bath room, make note of how much toilet paper you need. How many times do you wipe? If you average 3-4 wipes, can use only 2 squares per wipe and can estimate you will be going to the bathroom 2 times a day, do some math, figure out how much mountain money you will REALLY need. If you are a guy, congratulations, you can bring less TP. Don’t tell the girls this, they may ask you to carry their tent.
- Deodorant: Seriously? All or some of your backpacking buddies are gonna smell worse than the slums of Manila. Why are you going out our way to smell good? Leave this item at home.
- Camera: Skip it. Don’t worry, one of you buddies will bring a camera especially if you are with a big group. One of them may even carry a tripod, a monopod and so much other camera gear that he is going to need a hip replacement by the age of 35. Don’t be that guy. Plus, think about it: if you are taking all the picture, you won’t be in any of them. My wiser older brother once told me: a picture without a person is postcard. If you want pictures of the scenery, just go on flickr and do a search. Chance are pretty good someone else has been there. Make their image your wallpaper. When your co-workers comes, you can brag about what a great trip you had and how much cooler you are than them. Go ahead, gloat away. You’ve got the wallpaper to back it up.
- Tent: So, you hiked all the way out into the woods so you can sleep INDOORS. Forget that. I have seen someone make a very sustainable shelter out of a rain tarp. You just need to be creative. Cavemen didn’t always make it back to the cave and they didn’t have REI either. What did they do? If the going gets really rough, you can sneak into your buddy’s tent.
- Water: I don’t think I need to ask this but what human do you know that will deny another person water?… and you can always count on others to carry water.
This only some of the great ideas that will be present in my new book on backpacking. Please e-mail to preorder it.