Six Ways to Cut Weight While Backpacking

A heavy backpack can make a walk in the woods feel like punishment. There's no reason to torture your back (and your shoulders... and your hips...) by carrying more weight than necessary. While experience will eventually help you sort out what you need on the trail and what's best left behind, you can employ the simple tips below to make sure you're packing light, even if you're embarking on your very first backpacking trip.

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