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Hiking or camping packing tips

Q. Sometimes on hikes or camping trips I pack a little bit too much or a little bit too little clothing. How can I restrict myself from packing an amount of clothing that is wrong?
– Overloaded Lloyd, Essex, NY

A. Some people recommend packing what you think you need, then cutting the load in half. While that might work for some, it might also leave you out on the trail missing important gear that you really need. A better bet is to use one of our handy Gear Guy packing lists. We compiled lists for several different types of outings so you should be covered pretty much no matter where you’re headed. You can check them out here.

Comments about “Hiking or camping packing tips”

  1. Dudehi says:

    I’m having the same problem

  2. Awesomeness says:

    I use a Swiss Gear Backpack, they’re good for short trips. But they can hold many things.

  3. DinoScout says:

    Most of of the time on our weekend campouts, no one changes clothes. I do change my socks, but that’s it. Remeber to pack a new set of clothes in a big baggie and it’s easy to carry and then you can put your dirty clothes in that same bag after changing. Thanks to my Scoutmaster for this idea!

  4. taco says:

    i mean once a day

  5. taco says:

    try planning out to change your clothes( all garments) at lest once, pack extra for rain, or if you fall in water bring a plastic bag to put wet stuff in, if you stay wet a rash or athletes foot may develop, good luck!

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