While I believe you should carry whatever you’re comfortable with in your pack while you’re out backpacking, I’ve polled my fellow backpackers and found 20 items most people tend to eventually hike without. If you’re new to backpacking I hope this list helps you figure out what you might really need out there. Thanks for watching!

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  1. a good thing to drop is the amazon gimmicky survival tools … they are less than useless and take up valuable food space … my pack generally has shelter bedding a cook kit good for 2 to 4 people with plate for one … easier to cook a good hearty meal once than cook the same thing 3 or 4 times just to recover calories …. 2 different fire starting methods one generic like a lighter and one that will work in all weather … i always carry a fire wood tool of some kind either an axe or saw plus a my gerber … depends on the area i go to and availability of dead falls … after that its cordage and map of the area plus a grid section or two bigger … 3 changes of socks one being heavy a change of shirt a hotel mini bar of soap for those days when i want to eat in a cafe after that it is food stores …. mind you i always have my personal edc on my belt which has fire steel and swiss army and para cord and cell phone after that it depends on what is planned for … i can live with my edc i camp with my pack and have my luxury with any extra … generally more cordage or extra flour and dried meat … i can make what i need and forage what i dont have or catch the rest …. bears … heck just be yourself and walk the trail or blaze a new one bears will hear you before you see them and they will either let you know to bugger off or they will bugger off before you catch sight of them.

  2. I haven't backpacked for YEARS! I still have my old Jansport D3 from the 80's. Now on blood pressure meds, kicked the CPAP (sleep apnea), kicked the opiate painkillers and using herbals. I like this wood burning backpacking gasifier stove and it burns very efficient. I'd still have to have a percolator or cowboy coffee it. A ferral (fire striker) rod takes practice. A magnifying glass is simpler. Lighters should not be solely trusted. I used to sleep with only a tarp until a hundred mile an hour sand storm near El Paso in the 80's. Dome tents were the only tents that stayed up in that storm! Still like the tarp since a small fire can go in front of it. I like the Morakniv and also the Shrade Frontier knife. Nothing like a nice stainless steel cook kit. Favorite coffee cup. And there's sometimes wild food, depending on the geographical location. Oh, and a nice water filter. Water is about 8 pounds a gallon. And naturally cut the toothbrush in half.

  3. I'm a complete noob when it comes to backpacking and I'm lucky to have discovered your channel. My initial thoughts were "bugout bag" but after reading up on it and viewing videos like yours my thought process changed drastically. I did order a pack today along with a few other things (one was a camp chair which funny enough, I ended up deleting). One thing I am happy about buying were trail shoes (just seen your tip on a previous video) because I was thinking my Merrells would be fine. I'm excited though. It will be nice to get away from everything square and be out in the open. Thank you for the advice!

  4. I work off two principals……. #1 , Is it a Needed item or a wanted item , the wanted stays home and the needed goes. #2 Everything is used and if it serves double duty that is twice as good. Anything taken that is not used stays home the next time. This has let me get my base pack weight under 10 pounds and still be very comfortanle. Instead of folding the top of the trash bag in your pack , squeeze it and push down to get a lot of air out of it. Now twist the loose material at the top and then fold that twisted portion over and down the side between the trash bag and the pack.

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. While I've never done a multi-day hike, I do quite a bit of hiking in The Rockies near Denver here and some of them are quite lengthy. Many of your tips apply to short trips as well. I appreciate the run through.

  6. Before you go, get scale at home and weigh everything, write it down, cull, cull, cull your gear. Light weight, lock back folding knife with a 3" blade will do everything you need, maybe small sharpener. Need cordage use braided fish line 20 to 150#, small, light, incredibely stong, use a needle with it and you can make repairs to gear.

  7. Great information,. I agreed with all but 2 or 3 items. But that's my luxury/paranoia 😉.

    I believe many people confuse long distance hikes with bushcrafting, and family camping. All are outdoor/camping related but, that's where the similarity ends.