Hiking Light: Carry Only What You Need

The less you carry, the more fun you'll have. Cut down your weight with these easy ideas.

   

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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