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What Should I Pack for Seven Days of Backpacking?

Aug 5, 2022

If you have seven days, where do you want to go camping? It's important, but no matter where we choose to go. We should pack nothing less.

This article and equipment list assume that two people hike on medium, non-technical terrain in late summer / early autumn. It has been modified, including some innovations, including tents, sleeping mats, etc.

What Should We Take with Us?

1. Less Than You Expected

A backpack is essential, but because we are novices or can't judge the size we want, we often fall into the trap of grabbing a 5000 cubic inch /80-liter backpack and filling it with equipment. Then it's much more difficult to carry that bag.

2. How to Choose Tents?

There are dozens of tent models on the market, and hundreds of opinions on which tent is the most effective. If you don't have tents yet, when you look at them in the store, try to imagine how easily you can set up a tent in unexpected bad weather, how good its rainproof performance is, and how well the ventilation of the internal tent is, and where you put your wet equipment.

You may find that the conversation around the tent focuses on two simple questions: "how much is it?" How much does it cost? ' Because of this very narrow way of thinking, useful qualities such as ease of pitching, weatherproof, internal climate, or (especially) available headroom/space are often overlooked

Learning how to choose a good campsite is a valuable skill - finding a place that can block the prevailing wind, which is flat and well-drained, and can feel restless and sleep well on a miserable and wet night because the tent is floating in the wind.

3. Sleeping Bags and Mats

There are dozens of sleeping bags on the market, and there are also many opinions on what is the "best". If I can add my 2 cents: I'm skeptical about the temperature "rating" - ask whether the package has been rated using EN standards. If so, please make sure you understand how this rating system applies to you. Male sleepers should be positioned with a "low" rating, Female sleepers (or male end-users who sleep a little colder) should use the "comfort" rating as a guide. Make sure the bag you are looking for is suitable for you without the insulating material around your compressed knees and feet, and look at details such as drainage tubes and hoods - these are where manufacturers save money, but the warmth will "leak" from sleeping bags Come out. Ensure that both are of sufficient size/shape to maintain that these design defects do not appear in the en rating because the manikin used in the en test does not move - but they do appear in the real world.

4. Cooking.

In terms of food, 2.2 pounds/kg per person per day - get rid of excess packaging at home and put food in bags. The value of each bag for one day. Check out the blog post about cooking in remote areas - camping is more important than watering freeze-dried food

5. Clothing

Everyone has their preferences - some common elements are layering, a set of "dry" clothes, and a set of "wet" clothes, and make sure you have gloves and an insulated hat to deal with night / sudden weather changes. I'll leave the details to you. But - I would suggest one thing: put your clothes in dry bags. It will keep them dry (obviously), make it easy to pack and unpack your backpack (even if it's raining), and maintain order.

6. Other Equipment

One LED headlamp (if rechargeable, fully charged; if not, make sure to bring a backup battery).

A camera (stored in its own TPU accessory box). Filter water bottle (lighter than a separate water filter; I scoop water as I walk and drink it as needed).

Each person has a 2-liter platypus (each platypus is filled before the last camping at night).

Cross country running shoes with short leggings (light load means I don't need stronger shoes; Leggings can prevent stones and other debris from entering the shoes).

A baseball cap (if I hike in the sun, I will cover the back of my head and neck with a pocket towel).

Personal washing kit.

Put a pocket trowel on a Ziploc ® In the bag, there are toilet paper and a 40 ml bottle containing Trek and travel hand sanitizer.

A few tea lanterns (it's good to have candles at night).
If you want to know more about camping, please contact me for discussion.

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