Quick reblog from Mike at HMG.
I think this is the thing that people always look at me with that strange look when they ask about what I bring to a backpacking trip.
– Will you survive out there with just those things? How can you even wash your utensils if you don’t bring the kitchen sink? Look! I bought this at [enter random store name here], it was super cheap and the sales person said it was the best thing ever. I bought two just in case…
Remember to never go stupid-light!
People new to thru hiking and backpacking often don’t realize they need far less than what they think or what their local big box outdoor store salesperson tells them they need. They base what they bring on their fears. Don’t fall into this trap. Understanding what you need is the secret to knowing what you don’t. You absolutely need something to sleep on, to sleep in and to sleep under. Plus you need insulating layers, waterproof layers, some kind of water treatment, a knife, a headlamp and the right kind of food at the right time. Anything else is gravy. I’m not saying you must leave your nonessential, favorite items behind; I simply recommend you strip down to the bare essentials, and then rebuild your list from there with your wants.
These are some common fears or questions we’ve heard over the years:
- How warm is that tent?
- I’d better bring 2 layers of fleece in case I get cold!
- What if I don’t have enough food?
- I need a stove to cook.
These fears are misplaced, and here’s why.