Nattie on the Road: BACKPACKING 101: ALL MY SECRETS
If you’ve been following along in my Backpacking 101 series then you probably have a pretty good handle on the keystone elements for backpacking. This post has all the random little tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years that make backpacking so much fun as well as making some of the harder aspects a little more bearable.
Some of these tips are fun and silly, some can be life savers, and some are things that are just good to know.
So without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are all my backpacking secrets!
1. Mix Mac and Cheese and Chili Mac: Mix the Mountain House Mac and Cheese and Chili Mac together for the ultimate hearty meal. If you’ve got a couple of people to share with, use the whole package of each. If it’s just you, divide packets in half or thirds to then mix together.
2. Clip your camera in: When carrying my DSLR camera around my neck I don’t like it swinging or bumping around so I use a carabiner to clip it to my pack. That carabiner keeps my camera closer to my body and stops most of its movement.
Read Natalie's full list here.
May 9, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan