Reduce Backpack Weight !This page focuses on the practice of packing light - necessary attitude, gear with multiple purpose, and, of course, backpack weight reducing tips - some of which you may already know and some you may not. Enjoy, and send in your tips.
Tenacious Attitude:Ruthless scrutiny of each piece of outdoor gear is key. First, evaluate each item of gear for its necessity and functionality -- some pieces of gear can serve multiple purpose, some are along for the ride, just in case. The longer you look at each piece with an attitude -- i.e., is it worthy of being in your pack, ON YOUR AGING BACK -- the more its value will increase or decrease. The only "just-in-case" pieces of gear that I carry fall within the "Fourteen-Essentials" category -- e.g., first aid/last aid kit, emergency fire starter, etc. Everything else is a critical piece of gear that provides at least one function, every day.
Once you've selected the items of gear that are absolutely necessary AND have unduplicated functionality, then start your search for its smallest and lightest manifestation. Here is where complications arise. You may have the attitude, but no bucks in your pocket. Compromise ! Buy (and/or make) the smallest, lightest, highest quality you can afford.My experience has been that most of the high-end expensive items that I have purchased have endured much better than their low-end counterparts, such that, the expensive stuff is actually cheaper in the long run. Like I say, that's my experience. You'll have to engage in your own mental gymnastics for what you can justify and what you can't.
Look for Innovative Ways to Reduce Backpack Weight:Take time--before, during, & after each hike--to peruse your gear, your packing habits, even the clothing you wear, for ways to reduce the weight that you must bear. You may be surprised at the amount of unnecessary weight that you inflict on yourself. Keep in mind, though, it is a process. A long-term commitment and challenge. You will, undoubtedly, think of something new practically every trip.Here is a compilation of Backpack Weight Reducing Tips -- some are original, some are commonly known and used.
Weight Reducing Tips: