My Top 10 Backpacking Tips – Tip #4 (Pack Lite)

You’re headed to a wilderness area, not a four-star resort, and you’ve got to carry everything you bring when you go backpacking so I recommend you follow Tip #4.

Tip # 4 – Pack Lite

Amateur backpackers are often easy to spot; they have their arms full of extraneous gear, like fishing rods, paddles, life jackets and tackle boxes.  If you are going canoeing, strap what you can into your canoe and get everything else into your backpacking packs.  You will be

Backpacking Tents

Backpacking Tents

surprised how much you can fit in your backpacks if you give it some thought.  Listed below are some of the key items you want to consider putting in your backpacks.

  • sleeping bag
  • safety kit
  • insect repellent
  • sun glasses
  • rope
  • multi-function pocket knife
  • folding shovel
  • matches
  • water
  • dry set of clothes
  • compass and/or GPS
  • walkie Talkie/Cell Phone
  • Dryer Lint to use for starting fires
  • Condiment packages of salt, pepper and sugar
  • a plastic fork
  • a 1 liter Aquafina water bottle
  • food (candy bars, sandwich, soup)
  • Backpacking Tent

If you are looking for nice backpacking tents, I recommend getting the ‘Xscape Explorer 2 Backpacking Tent’.  It sleeps 2, is very lightweight, packs into carry bag for easy storage and can be set up in minutes.


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