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Packing light

Having a good pack can make or break a hike which also packing light smartly and effectively. Here are some tips to achieve this:

1. Analyse your current equipment and choose and buy the lightest gear possible

Innovation is a fantastic thing. There is new equipment coming out every year that is becoming lighter due to advances in technology. Using your old equipment is great but save those heavier items for short treks and invest in new gear for the longer ones. At the end of the trek, you will be grateful you did.

2. Take what you need

Try and avoid packing those items you might need or “just in case”. It is always good to be prepared for the worst, but you need to find a balance between being organised and overthinking.

3. Share your items

Sharing is caring, and if you are with a big group, there is a lot of items that can be used communally or divided evenly among the group.

4. Consume and use the heaviest foods first heaviest

Your pack is always lighter at the end of a trek. So, get rid of the heaviest items first.

5. Seek after multipurpose items

If an item has multiple uses, that means there is less gear in your pack.

6. Education

Having good survival skills can eliminate the amount of gear you need. However, this will also come with experience. So, the more you know, the less you pack. It is just another excuse to go on more treks.

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