When you are planning for a hiking trip there are essential items to pack and this list could vary depending on where you are going, how long you plan on being gone and who you are going with. The latter being the number one important consideration, as the buddy system is still in place for any curious adventures.
Gear is designed to accommodate a huge amount of necessities all reduced down into a super lightweight hiking backpack. Packing a backpack is fun because you can test your skills on how to get as many important items loaded up and still enjoy hauling that rucksack on your back without succumbing to the weight halfway through your hike. Luckily, there is an abundance of necessities available on the market which are now sold in compact sizes to accommodate the lightweight hiking backpacks.
Backpacking today is a broad term meaning anything from the day field trip to the ultralight backpack world traveler. Spend some time around backpacking fanatics and you will learn quickly how to squash a giant bundle into an easy weight to carry (some road travelers will even cut their toothbrush down to a bare minimum as an example of lightening a load).
Flashpacking is now one of the most popular ways to push away from day to day routine into an explorer mindset. This newer trend is basically backpacking with means. Flashpackers love their electronic devices and tend to stay in nicer places.
Knowing how to pack and make it the long haul without back pain or any other unwanted crisis is the key to being the true master of your journey. Whatever backpacking genre you are in, these are the essential tips and tricks for lightweight hiking backpacks:
How to buy the perfect backpack:
Ultralight is the word here. The backpacking industry is working hard to make functional, lightweight backpacks with smart pockets and sleek innovations. Purchase a light backpack. The packing is going to involve some mastery on your part to reduce the volume and weight of every piece of gear. If you are really good at packing, you can end up with a backpack weighing in at less than 2 pounds.
Know your torso length because packing depends tremendously on the length of your spine, not your height. Backpacks are available in so many different sizes and all carry on the back differently. It is advisable to be picky about this purchase.
Speaking of picky, don’t be mesmerized by a huge backpack, remember the bigger the pack is the more likely you are to fill it with the ‘just in case’ stuff.
Don’t overlook the necessity of outer pockets; you will be surprised how they will come in handy. Consider your water bottle for instance; will it fit and stay put? Can you reach it without having to dismount your pack?
The best way to achieve a great balance is in the load transfer. Put all your heaviest dense items like food, fuel, cooking gear, and other heavier in the center of the pack and closer to your spine. This is where the buddy system can help if you are doing backcountry or cross-country trips, you can share the weight of items like tents and cooking supplies. Having a great lightweight back pack is awesome, but there are some essentials which should always be in included in anyone’s travel gear:
- First-aid supplies
- Fire starters can be the new flint gadgets or simply waterproof matches, candles or a lighter. Carry at least two ways to start a fire.
- Repair kit and tools are small enough to fit into a backpack and typically hold a variety of different items which you may need in a crisis.
- Food for backpacking can be found especially for this adventure, or you can bag up small quantities of rice, beans, and other easy-fit-high-nutrition products. Dried and freeze-dried food items work the best
- Water and plenty of it; It is also advisable to bring along a way to filter questionable water sources.
- Emergency shelter or the tent you should carry is called a Heatsheet Emergency Bivy. These are the best and most compact you can get for backpacking.
- Protection from unwanted threats can mean anything from a human to a charging moose, depending on where your adventures take you. A large can of bear spray works on everything and everyone and is user-friendly. A good knife is also recommended, not only as a defense but for necessary tasks.