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There are legions of extreme ultralight backpackers that hit the trails each year. They are determined to shave every ounce they can from their packs and travel with the bare minimum. While this as much obsession as it is technique, there is a lot we can learn from these backpackers.
When you lighten the load on your back you can travel further. This is important when you are doing things like hiking long distances to a scenic view. It’s also important when you are trying to get to a bug out location or shake a dangerous tale that is following you through the woods.
How To Lighten the Load
Of the top ways you can limit weight you should consider your stove, shelter, water supply, and tools first. Remember, it’s not about eliminating things entirely but reducing the weight of said objects.
One trick is to remove the handle from your toothbrush to shave ounces. In the ultralight backpacking world, every ounce makes a difference.
Things like a small multitool can take the place of a few things in a kit and really limit the weight. If you are brand new to backpacking you may benefit from an intro to the basics or even a short trip of your own. Both will teach you a lot.
Aside from cutting down the mere weight of your bug out bag, lightweight backpacking will also force you to spend more time working skills. Your skill work will allow you to substitute gear for space in the bag. Preppers and survivalists are always in need of more dirt time to work on skills.
We all need some serious motivation and sometimes taking a break from prepping. Burnout is real. However, if we can find a different activity or hobby to gather our steam behind and apply it to our prepping it can make a big difference.