8 Things To Leave Behind When Hiking
1 – Don’t Bring Water
If we are in an area with plenty of fresh water, we can ditch that bottled water and save numerous pounds. Possibly you aren’t sure if the water is drinkable in the area you’re hiking, but you understand there is water in the area. Bring a water pump or water purifier you can quickly pick up at your local outdoor store, and it weighs much less than a gallon of water.
2 -Don’t Bring Food
As soon as once more, an excellent understanding of the area you are in will make all the distinction. Study the local plants in the area and identify which ones are edible and which ones are in season. Consuming what mother nature provides, makes us feel amazing, and one with nature.
3 -Don’t Bring Shelter
The last of the BIG 3 essentials for sustaining life is a shelter. Depending on the quality and material of the camping tent you own, it could weigh as much as 5 pounds! I’ve personally seen people trek in 8, 6, and 4 individual camping tents and only sleep 1 or 2 individuals in the tent. All that additional tent is simply pounds for you to carry. Perhaps you have some 600 dollar, state of the art, one individual tent that weighs 2 pounds? Start thinking about some alternatives to ditch that costly camping tent. An item like a Bivy Sack, is an excellent alternate to tents and still offers us shelter but for almost no weight. If you are really getting daring, bring a tarpaulin or hammock to string up from tree to tree. If we wish to harness our inner Mick Dodge, and the location allows, we can make our own forest shelter. This can be actually fun if you have kids, they will really get into making a fort/shelter for the night. Keep in mind to rip it down after, in order to Leave No Trace.
4 -Don’t Bring Your Cooking Stove
A cooking stove is one item I like to bring, but it can be totally obsolete if you are allowed to have fires. You need to inspect the area in which we are camping. We may require a stove to prepare our fish or boil water, if camp fires aren’t allowed. Some people don’t care about a hot meal before bed, and living off path mix and beef jerky for a weekend must be an easy option. For the majority of us the outdoor camping stove is a major part of making the outdoors comfy. If you’re like me, and you need that warm meal prior to the lights go out, begin practicing food preparation over an open flame. Making a sufficient cooking fire and treking an easy food preparation pan in can make all the distinction. The pan you bring might not weigh much more than a camp stove, however might be lighter than multiple fuel cans. Put your items on a scale and see what works well for you. Since I don’t mind packing in a little additional weight, my outdoor camping stove constantly occurs. The majority of the time I prepare my main meal (fish, meat) over the fire and cook a side meal (rice, veggies) in my stove at the same time. Choose and practice whatever works best for you.
5 – Don’t Bring Your Sleeping Bag
Unless it’s regularly hot day and night where you’re camping, you’re probably not going to leave your sleeping bag at home. Resting bags can weigh from 3-5 pounds depending on the design of the bag. You can buy a really light sleeping bag appropriate for the area where you’re camping. If you’re in the desert, where its 90 degrees throughout the day and 40 at night, an excellent ground pad, goose down pants and coat might be sufficient to work as a sleeping bag. Taking a thin sheet might also be plenty enough to keep you warm and very easy to fold up and pack. I highly advise studying the night time temperature levels religiously prior to you leave your sleeping bag in your home.
6 -Don’t Bring A Ground Pad
The ground pad keeps us warm, clean and comfy on those long camp nights, but it also isn’t really necessary. Gathering leaves, moss or finding soft ground can be more comfortable than the most expensive ground pad on the market. Every time I set my tent or ground pad up, I include some cushion underneath my ground pad.
7 -Don’t Bring Hiking Poles
I do not advise leaving your poles if the hike is long, gains severe elevation, or you’re not a very experienced hiker. Trekking poles can prevent injury and allow a hiker to preserve stamina on the trial. If it is a brief weekend hike or you feel strong enough, leave the poles behind.
8 – Leave The Can Of Bear Spray
Other areas might enable you to set up a counter balance. This product isn’t really at the top of my list of items I would leave behind.
9 -Don’t Bring Batteries
We might not have to leave all of our batteries behind, however you can leave most of them. Why not simply bring 2-4 extra batteries for the trip.
10 -Don’t Bring Extra Clothes
I’m not stating to end up being a nudist and trek off into the wild, but I am aiming to make you think of exactly what unnecessary clothing and boots you might load into camp. Many places in the summer months don’t need heavy coats or trousers. Study the weather conditions, and elevation to determine exactly what you need to bring. Eliminate those old heavy treking boots and try hiking in lighter more nimble trail running shoes. You’re legs and back will thank you later.
Take this guideline, and make one of your own. No one but yourself, can tell you exactly what you can and can’t bring easily. We can bring it all if it makes us delighted!