4 Secrets For Ultralight Backpacking

There's no denying that a lighter pack can help make backpacking less strenuous and more enjoyable. So, with all the high-quality backpacking gear that exists today, why are you still shouldering a 45-pound load? Here are four tips to shed weight from your pack for an ultralight backpacking trip.

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1. Weigh Your Gear

The first step to shed weight from your pack is to think about your gear in terms of ounces instead of pounds. The best way to do this is to perform a complete audit of your current gear with a digital food scale that reads to the nearest tenth of an ounce. Remember that there are 16 ounces in one pound.

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2. Make a spreadsheet

When you weigh your gear add the weight into a spreadsheet where you can take a full inventory of your gear. This will help to prioritize the items you need for an ultralight backpacking trip, without sacrificing safety and necessary gear. Categorize your inventory with these subheadings:

  • Worm/Carried
  • Other clothing
  • Packing
  • Sleeping & Shelter
  • Hydration
  • Cooking
  • Toiletries
  • Recording
  • Lighting
  • Medical
  • Consumables

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