I cut the boundaries off of maps. You know that little bit of white boarder that ring the outer edges of printed maps? Who needs that when your backpacking (in my mind I just heard some of my travel companions answer, “For fire starter, you dope!”).
I use a collapsible, telescopic fishing pole so the rod doesn’t require extra navigation through dense tree limbs, branches, and underbrush.
Now, I do splurge on underwear…I have a fresh change daily. I had a travel companion one time that said, “Why don’t you just turn them inside out? That’s about as fresh as I get.” Whew! That was the last tent-for-two I had with that one!
Tooth paste tube, no sir, just few squeezes into a coin size packet, double wrapped and I’m good to go for a week.
It’s a mini light, not a full size flashlight for me. I take a headlamp that uses coin size batteries and multi-LED bulbs.
Tent? Who needs a tent when you have a lightweight netted hammock and a rain poncho that doubles as a covering over the hammock for sun or for night time mist?
One pair of lightweight hard soled sandle with a low quarter lightweight breathable well structured hiking shoe and I can go forever.
Two pair of those pants to shorts (zipper right at the knee on both pant legs) will serve just fine for whatever I walk into.
A purifying water bottle and a light weight cook pot with collapsible handle, coupled with a spork (spoon curved fork) and a three bladed pocket knife takes care of most needs.
Now obviously that’s a spring to fall in the south kind of travel list. The point is, you can do a whole lot of things with a whole lot less of things just about any time you go traveling.
When the winter comes in the south, I add two more layers with a short tee, a long sleeve tee and a zip goose down vest (arms and hood zip off as needed).
Dehydrated packs of a few staples gives me the confidence to use a bandaid box of lures and tackle to catch the fish I plan to eat all week long. A small double compartment salt on one end and pepper on the other takes care of my spices. Drink mixes in tubular packets are all I need to create variety for flavor, snack or meal.
I carry a small trail blazer medical kit that gets me by and an emergency survival kit no bigger than a billfold.
Nature never feels more natural than when you visit with less than 20 lbs of gear. You walk in and you walk out and there’s no evidence you’ve even been there (except of course to those very impressive trackers who read the time, the weight, the speed, and the intent of every turned blade of grass that a visitor may have stepped on during that brief encounter with the wild). It’s scary, I know some guys like that.