Ultralight Backpacking may be the option for you if you are deciding on a long hike for more than 3 days. Pack lighter and go into further exploration while preserving energy. The less weight, the easier it is to keep going. There is no right or wrong way to go ultralight backpacking. Keeping in mind the essentials for survival and safety, one cannot go wrong. The choice to compromise on comfort, or select ultralight gear, is really yours to make.
Some recommended ultralight backpacking items are multi tools. They are effective both in minimizing weight and maximizing resources. A Swiss Army Knife or a leatherman wave tool, a GPS built in Watch with a compass are examples.
Do not forget nutrition on ultralight backpacking trips. As energy is required for a person to go on, consider ready to eat foods. Energy bars, freeze dried fruits, nuts keep you going by providing the fuel you need, combined with ultralight backpacking gear. The next must have when considering ultralight backpacking is hydration. Whether you prefer a water bottle or a hydration system, water is the most essential element that will keep you alive. Also consider additional safety of water filtration for long ultralight backpacking trips.
For other basics, keep a fire starter or matches. A headlamp if you do not mind wearing one, or a flashlight. And a first aid kit handy as one never knows when it is needed. Last obvious thing for your ultralight backpacking is shelter. Consider a bivy sack or a light one person tent. Here is your choice to take or let go of a sleeping pad.
When ultralight backpacking, you are exchanging comfort for weight. For minimal weight select lightweight mattresses, folding seats and Backpacking Stoves. Mostly, be prepared with hiking or trail shoes, extra Socks and an insulated jacket when ultralight backpacking.
- Backpacking stove.
- Bivy Sack. Ultralight Tent.
- Energy Bars. Freeze-Dried Foods and fruits.
- First Aid Kit. Fire Starter.
- Hiking Shoes. Hiking Socks.
- Hydration pack. Water Filtration and hydration.
- Electronics including Navigation and weather systems.