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Backpacking is only as enjoyable and comfortable as you make it.
Most novice backpackers commit the common mistake of bringing unnecessary or excessive items. The result? They tire easily and miss out on the rewards of the trip.
The essentials are definitely non-negotiable. However, you could be bringing things unnecessary to your trip. In fact, the following items are bound to make your adventure less forgiving and more troublesome.
A big backpack
Most backpackers think they can handle a massive pack once they put it on. However, it’s very important to remember that this backpack will be weighing you down for hours on end. You may not feel the pain now but you will in minutes’ time.
Here’s a good measure: Weekend trips will need a 30-50L pack. If you’re out for 3-4 days, 50-75L packs should be big enough. Consider bringing 75L+ packs when you’re going to be gone for more than 5 nights.
Too many clothes
It’s common for backpackers to bring excessive clothing. They believe they’ll need a lot especially when the weather conditions are harsher than regular days. The thing is you don’t have to stuff your pack with too many clothes. It’s all about wearing the right clothing and planning beforehand.
Consider looking at backpack-specific clothing that is thin yet protective during cold weather. Also, list down how many days you’ll be gone and how much you truly believe you need to bring.
We all have attachments to certain things we feel we can’t leave behind. It could be jewelry, a token or toy of any kind and so forth. The truth is you’re bound to lose something in the wilderness. That’s why it’s good to lessen the risk and just leave those valuable items at home.