The ultimate ultralight backpacking gear list: This is everything you need
One of the best feelings on any backpacking trip is that moment when you step into camp and remove your backpack, knowing you don't have to heave it back on until the following morning. As much as we don't want to take away the little moments of joy on your trip, wouldn't it be better if you didn't have to have that moment at all? That's not to suggest you keep your backpack on while you sleep, but what about if your bag didn't have to weigh so much that you couldn't wait to remove it?
Minimizing the weight of your backpack lets you enjoy the trail and the scenery around you without that voice in your head telling you to take the weight off your shoulders. You can also move faster, cover more distance, and make the most of your time off. Our ultralight backpacking list is perfect for fastpackers, thru-hikers, or anyone who wants to hit the trail ahead with fresh legs and lightweight gear.
Sawyer Products Micro Squeeze Water Filter
Hydration is an essential part of trekking success, but when each liter of water weighs over 2 pounds, you want to minimize how much you carry at any one time. This ultralight water filter from Sawyer weighs just 2 ounces and saves you from carrying excess water. The Micro Squeeze screws onto the end of a squeezable — hence the name — bag for easy filling and filtering. It also fits onto disposable plastic bottles. A syringe is included to backflush the device with clean water after each trip and each filter is good for about 100,000 liters.
September 6, 2022
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System -- You want to fill up your tub and sinks before a hurricane to help ensure you have water for cleaning dishes and flushing the toilet. This water purifying system can filter out 99.99% of bacteria in up to 100,000 gallons of water so you have clean drinking water as well.
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