When we plan a trip in the least we think is to carry kilos and kilos of unnecessary things that ruin the moment and then bill us in the back.
When preparing an ultralight backpack, we must be practical, look for material that occupies the minimum, weighs little, and is useful. Although it seems an impossible mission, many tips can help you not to fail in the attempt.
1. PACK FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
In many cases, food packaging takes up more space than content. The same goes for personal care items such as creams and sunscreens. There are substitutes such as powdered toothpaste that are excellent and hardly take up space.
Liquids should not exceed 100 ml. Remember to put everything in appropriate jars, that are comfortable and that do not break easily.
Backpacking experts know that space is essential, so saving is the key, and for this purpose, the hermetically sealed bags make the job easier.
Use these bags to distribute some of the contents instead of packing the entire container, take out the air, and save space in a two by three.
You can sort clothes by pieces and store them in zippered bags, so that it does not get wet in case of heavy rain or spilling something inside, so as to have quick access to things, that is, you will not have to take out all the clothes to get a shirt, just take the bag out of the shirts and voila.
The same for pants, underwear, socks, and pajamas.
2. MAXIMIZE ISOLATION
It is possible that a sleeping bag filled with down is very striking at bedtime but if you do not plan to camp during the winter, letting comfort pass in exchange for a simpler mattress is a good option to lighten the load.
If the trip is in summer, a protective jacket will be enough to keep warm during the night so the large mattress can be stored for an upcoming occasion.
3. PACK ONLY THE INDISPENSABLE
When camping or hiking, you do not need many clothes, with the essential wardrobe for the days you will be out is more than enough since you are not supposed to have access to a washing machine.
Take the necessary pieces and just a little extra underwear, that will be enough.
If you study the road well, you will be able to identify the accessible food places so that you leave the stove, dishes, and fuel at home, of course, if your budget and the route allow it.
4. LIST THE ITEMS TO REMEMBER THEM NEXT TIME
The practical backpackers agree that putting together a perfect bag is the result of many trials and especially many mistakes.
That is why making a list of the items you packed will help you remember on the next occasion if they are really necessary or not. You would be surprised at all the things you planned to use, and they only turned out to be a hindrance.
5. RATION THE WATER
If you plan your tour, you will know how much water you should carry. It is not the same to take a short walk to reach the resting place than to travel several kilometers of a steep road to the top of a mountain.
If on the road there is a reliable source of liquid, you will save enough weight by carrying only the necessary one until you reach that point.
An important fact is not to forget the water purifier to avoid setbacks with the last minute stomach.
6. USE POP OR PLATYPUS BOTTLES
If you compare the weight of a traditional plastic bottle with a Platypus – a soft plastic resembling a bag with a tip dispenser – the difference is a lot. For example, the typical 32-ounce hard plastic reusable water bottle weighs 6.2 ounces, while an empty 32-ounce POP bottle weighs only 1.2 ounces. Now imagine that multiplied weight when full. Is it worth the change?
7. ROUND TRIP FOOD
Planning is the key to a good trip, and water and food are part of this adventure. That is why you should keep in mind that the food you pack must supply you back and forth.
It is not a good idea to have food without preparing just for when you arrive at your destination. The idea is to be able to enjoy it along the way, and of course, this will also lighten the load.
8. MULTIPURPOSE SCARVES
A simple piece of cotton cloth can serve you for many uses, from sunscreen, coffee filter, sponge substitute for washing dishes, to reaching a protector to grab hot pots.
9. KNOW THE WEATHER
Knowing exactly the climatic conditions of the place where you will camp will help you not to carry unnecessary pieces of clothing. This is where the importance of planning comes into play. It is not the same to prepare for cold, hot, or rainy weather.
In general, the backpack should not be too big or too small, and the weight should never be above the manufacturer’s recommended.