If you are backpacker like me and you love to travel around a lot than you must pack light. Ultralight backpacking is more and more popular among travelers. Conventional backpacking often mean that you must carry around 20-30kg. Many years of experience in this field help me to find the right way when i travel light.
If you’re ready to lighten your load on the trail, here are a few tips for starters:
- Weigh your gear: Find a kitchen and/or luggage scale and weigh your current gear. Make a note of your current “base weight”: everything on your back except food, water and fuel (known as consumables).
- Replace older gear with lighter gear: As you replace old gear and choose new gear, pay close attention to each item’s weight. You’ll be aiming for a total base weight of about 10 pounds. (Once you add consumables that weight may double.)
- Make gradual changes: Because gear can be more expensive the lighter it gets, a smart approach may be to lessen your load over time. Replace one “big ticket” item at a time with a lighter-weight (and potentially more costly) model.
- On chilly nights, Doing jumping jacks immediately before hopping into the sack—raising your body temp right before bed will help you sleep warmer. If you get cold in the night, do a few minutes’ worth of crunches right in your bag.
- Hike all day
When not saddled by a heavy pack, the journey is the destination.Hikes from dawn ’til dusk, with lots of stops for streamside meals, coffee, even naps. Bonus? At camp, you won’t miss the little luxuries you left behind. “I simply lay down and fall right asleep.”
- DESIGN – A backpack doesn’t have to be complex to be exceptional. It’s often the companies that keep design elements simple and streamlined that make the best packs. At the end of the day, your backpack is just a sack to carry other gear comfortably. So don’t feel the need to overdo it with a ton of excess compartments, pouches, zippers, clips, and straps.
MATERIAL – Most lightweight ultralight backpacking are made from one of two materials: ripstop nylon or cuben fiber. In general, cuben fiber is lighter, but more expensive. Both materials are durable and highly functional for backpacks.
If you doing Ultralight backpacking in mountains or places where you can get water easily don`t take more than 1l od water. If you Ultralight backpacking in dry places than make sure to take 2-3 liters. Taking more water will mean that you should reduce clothes.
When we speak about clothes make sure that you take only necessary items. In ultra backpacking you should use every inch of space wisely.
Ultra Lightweight backpacking isn’t just for long-distance trekkers anymore. The entire outdoor industry is going lighter and there’s good reason for that. Lighter packs are more comfortable. Your backpack will be one of the four heaviest items on your back (backpack, shelter, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), so it’s a great place to start reducing overall weight.