Seasoned travelers know that backpacking is one of the best ways to travel. You eventually end up living amidst the locals, experience new places first hand and thus get to know a destination more intimately.
As a backpacker, especially on a climb/trek, one ends up covering a lot of ground on foot. So it is essential for a trekker to make sure that his backpack is as light as it can be. When you are going to be on the trail for a long time, you definitely need to carry a lot of essentials with you.
This is where smart packing can help you lighten the load. Whether you are trekking on a treacherous mountain trail or hitch-hiking cross country, the following tips will help you keep your backpack light, yet full of needful things.
Taking a Four-day / three-night trek into account, you need to take care of the following.
Aim to keep the weight of your backpack between 8 to 10 kilos. Assuming that you are packing a tent weighing around 2.5 kg and a sleeping bag around 1.5 kg, you can only spare five to six kilos for the rest of your stuff. This will have to include your spare clothes, rations, and stove.
Get the Lightest Stuff
This is a no brainer. However, lighter the equipment, the more expensive it is. But opting for these one-time investments can save you a lot of trouble in other aspects, especially when you are out on the trail.
Ensure that you have the lightest possible backpack, sleeping bag, mini stove, and tent. Also, ultralight multi-functional equipment can save you from adding up extra kilos on your back.
A really efficient way to reduce weight is by limiting the clothes you need. Face it, when you are walking on a high altitude trail, nobody is going to judge you by the clothes that you are wearing. In addition to what you are wearing, you better pack these.
1) A pair of trekking pants
2) One full-sleeved shirt
3) Three half-sleeved T-shirts
4) Three pairs of undergarments
5) Two pairs of fresh socks
As far as your daily rations are concerned, do away with stuff like regular rice, vegetables, tandoori items and even dal. They can increase your backpack’s weight unnecessarily. Instead opt for the ready-to-eat stuff like chocolates, power snacks, instant noodles, or anything that is easy to cook. This can also help you prevent your mini stove and fuel from running out of capacity, while also saving you from wasting your time and energy cooking meals.
Pack the Right Way
Obviously, this is very important because you need to utilize the available space in the right way. Place larger stuff like the tent and sleeping bag at the bottom of your backpack space. On top of it comes the rations and mini stove.
Clothes should be tightly rolled up and packed around these. Your essentials must include a medicine box, waterproof poncho, and water should be placed at the uppermost part. This ensures that they are readily available at all times.
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