5 Backpacking Gear MISTAKES | Backpacking Gear You Don't Need to Bring


Are you committing these five backpacking gear mistakes? If you are, you are most definitely carrying Backpacking gear that you don’t need. In this video, I break down the five most common backpacking and hiking gear mistakes that I see new backpackers make all the time.

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00:00 – Intro
01:12 – Mistake 5
01:51 – Mistake 4
03:20 – Mistake 3
06:50 – Mistake 2
10:36 – Mistake 1



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  • When starting out, it’s very easy to overpack. In fact, it’s still easy to overpack. How many of the top 5 have you done?

  • I worry alot about ankle sprain and deep puncture wound. 2 times I'm my backpacking experience I've had people Spain and ankle and fall onto something that gave a deep 1/2 inch deap laceration or 1 inch deap puncture. Both times we were lucky enough to have lots of people around to split the load of the fallen hiker so they could limp out. But both times some one had those bendable splints to reinforce the ankle and medical gear to clean and stop the heavy bleeding from the fall.

  • Guilty as charged. What helped me is reading blogs and books on ultralight hiking. Now don't go stupid crazy, but downsize in small amounts and try out your gear at each stage to ensure you are still comfortable and safe. I used to pack an AMK .7 medical kit but now carry a AMK .5 when hiking with a friends, if just on a day hike I'll just take a AMK .3. I am also down to just one pot, MSR pocket Rocket instead of the MSR Whisperlite International beast. I still carry three socks but I have earned the weight by losing more weight than a pair of socks by packing less and lighter gear.

  • I will always bring travel sz deodorant. I've got thick thighs, and not chafing is important to me!

  • I have a change of clothes. Really lightweight clothes. I don’t have “sleep clothes,” per se. The over shirt will do. Trousers, shorts (I need to invest in zip offs…my last died on PCT…and I did one overnight) , two tank tops or T shirts, two socks, one sports bra that dries overnight. I won’t lie…all dry clothes are a pillow. My over shirt is almost always enough in summer, but has to be replaced with a warmer layer in fall/ spring.

  • 8 years in the military #1 med kit, #2 plenty of socks, #3 MRE (meals ready to eat)#4 my k-bar #5 H2O. #6 head lamp.If I can't take at least this I'll stay home.

  • Good stuff. I agree about the first aid kit.

  • So what’s the name of the tri fold med kit pouch are you using? I need that organization. 🙂

  • Sorry, im keeping the sting relief
    And the anti itch. Dumb suggestion. Those little packs don't weigh anything.

  • I don't do much walking unless I'm in a town and I make a trip out to hike. I do bike travel and I'd like to share my cooking setup.
    1. 500ml titanium cup with lid and small teaspoon (luxury) for making my hot drinks and soup mixes. Under 140g.
    2. titanium spoon (not spork) and titanium chopsticks. The chopsticks replace the pot grabber and can be used as skewers for BBQ. Under 50g.
    3. 800ml square food grade stainless steel container with leak proof 4-side locking plastic cover. I cook and store my wet food (if any) in this. Remember the titanium chopsticks? Use them to lift the container off the fire. About 270g.
    4. Small propane canister (buy at destination, dump before leaving) and mini stove. Under 30g.
    5. Silicone cover that fits my titanium mug. Makes it relatively leak proof for extra food storage options. Under 10g.

    Why the food container? I was sick of throwing out so many ziploc bags even after reusing them a few times. Plus they leak all the time when I prep and pack food for short hikes or walks around the place. But I do still use ziploc bags for waterproofing items, in which they last far longer, and are still viable in rainy weather even with a few micro punctures patched with scotch tape. Why not an extra 900ml titanium cup with lid instead? Tried that, but I can't make it fully leak proof except by keeping it upright and being more careful not to jump too much. Too much hassle and worrying that I eventually put the entire thing in a ziploc bag.

  • I've been guilty of all of those, except the big flashlight. You're absolutely right. Most of what you take when starting out is way too much and overkill. Keep it small and simple.

  • My biggest fear is falling and having a sprained or broken ankle, wrist, arm, leg, so I would sacrifice the weight and carry extra gear to take care of this until rescue.

  • I'm planning on using a golf towel (that I got for free years ago) when I get out there.

  • Thank you, please keep up the great work

  • My medical kit is mixed with my hygiene stuff. Hand sanitizer, baby wipes, safety pin, dental floss, etc. It all has more than one use. The only “medical” thing I take is a ziplock with aleve and Benadryl.

  • I take three pair of socks. One of them is for sleeping in only. That way, I have a wet pair hanging up or hanging off my pack, a dry pair on my feet, and a pair I can wear at night when I hang the second ones to dry. In the morning… I put on dry socks. That is how you prevent trenchfoot.

  • My concern is of being of use to someone who has injured themselves with an axe or been shot outside of cellphone range. The rest short of handling asma, diabetes, or peanut allergies, I got.

  • Haha, it’s what we grew up with. It’s all we had at the time.

  • I don't mind sacrificing a couple ounces on a knife, I live in constant fear of rolling up on Crocodile Dundee in the bush and having a "that's not a knoife" moment.

  • As an Assistant Boy Scout Leader I worked with the Older/more adventurous scouts … used to have them make a soda can alcohol stove as part of their Metal Work Merit Badge. And then hiking/camping they would get plenty of chances to use them and the heavey duty aluminum foil wind break they would eventually add.

  • Great video. Snake bite kit (bandage)??? Your thoughts

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