Backpacking with an ultralight kit is fantastic because it allows you to spend less time worrying about the pains and aches and more time enjoying the sites and the trails.
Whether you are new to backpacking or you are a traditional backpacker who is looking to lighten the load, this is the right article for you. We’ll talk more and share some tips on how to lessen your load while hitting the road. Who would like to spend extra time struggling with each step they make? A heavy load is the worst enemy on your backpacking trip. So, follow along to learn a thing or two on how to cut backpack weight on your trip.

Bring Items With Multiple Purposes

Check every item in your backpack and ensure you have all of the items for multiple purposes. Many things can have more than one use. For example, a cooking pot can also be used as a bowl. A stuff sack can be used as a pillow if you stuff the jacket inside it, and the bandana can serve as a coffee filter. Pants with zippers can roll up as shorts and are great for sudden weather changes. When you are preparing for a backpacking trip, and you want to make it as light as possible, try to switch out specific items that will serve several purposes.

Reduce Weight on Gear

Going lightweight is expensive, but you don’t need to worry whether you need to bring your entire gear closet or purchase the latest sleeping bag. Lightweight packing has a lot of advantages and while such items are a great investment in the long run, once you buy them you are set for years. If you are looking for new and lightweight gear, make sure your tent, sleeping bag, and backpack are light enough. On average, ultralight backpacking tents weigh 2 to 3 pounds and they seem to get lighter every year. Consider how many people will go on this trip because if you are going by yourself, you will need a tent for one person. If you have a bigger tent, then invite a friend or a relative to share the space and split the weight.
Lightweight sleeping bags have great quality and a positive impact on your entire backpacking journey. The weight of bag weight usually stays below 3 pounds. You’ll be warmer and comfortable throughout the night. The backpack on the other hand is built for lightweight travels. The ultralight packs are made for smaller loads but they can be uncomfortable if you try to carry more than they can fit.

Avoid Carrying Accessories

Do you need a stainless steel cup or a mug? Check your gear before you pack it to make sure all of the items are essential. Avoid overpacking and create a list of everything in the backpack that you will not use. This way you can eliminate unnecessary items and only pack the essentials. For example, a first aid kit is essential for dealing with injuries down the road. Excessive clothing and multiple pairs of the same item should not be included in the list. When packing clothes for the backcountry, pack as minimal as possible. You don’t need a new outfit every day. Unless you are backpacking in extreme weather conditions where you’ll need a backup of clothes. 

Be Careful With The Materials

It’s important to choose smart materials that are durable and lightweight. Synthetic layers are lighter than cotton and are better for backpacking and hiking. However, they can sweat off fast, and you’ll need an extra pair to replace the wet clothes. Instead, you can hang out your shirt on some of the trees and leave it for a couple of hours. You will get a dry shirt and be ready for your next adventure.

Do Not Carry a Lot of Water

Water is essential during a backpacking trip, and you need to be well hydrated. And it’s probably one of the heaviest things you’ll carry. You need to do a little research to see where you can find a water source down the road and then make a plan of the appropriate amount you can carry. It’s a good idea to get updated information about the route and surroundings because you don’t want to find yourself near a river or a creek that is barely flowing water. 

Be Organized

The organization is critical for such trips. Keep a list of everything you need to take care of before you hit the road and wander the hills. This might sound a bit intense and boring, but once you have a clear idea of how to pack and where to go, your entire experience will be ultralight, thus more enjoyable.