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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

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