The number one way to lighten your load is to carry the bare essentials. Two obvious targets: Your campsite lighting and cooking equipment. Candles or LED lanterns for ambiance are lovely when you’ve driven to your campsite, but when you’re carrying your load, leave them home. Choose a light and powerful headlamp, the lightest is Petzl’s e+lite (sub 1 oz., $30) and focus on the practical not the romantic. Do you really need a pot large enough to cook food, or is one that heats water and doubles as a cup good enough? We say yes, and like Jetboil’s Sol Ti (8.5 oz., $150).
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