Packing for a week of hiking
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This is a sample list of things to take on a week-long trip hiking in a wilderness area. Even more than with other kinds of travel, packing for this kind of trip requires compromises between keeping weight down and making sure to bring everything you'll need, because you have to carry it all with you. Depending on where you're going and the time of year, some of the items may not be useful, and there are inevitably additional items you'll want to bring along. This should give you a general idea of what you'll want to pack. (Please keep in mind that this list was created to be useful to people in general, so don't edit it for your own specific needs.) For information and advice about gear selection, see Wilderness backpacking.
Probably the most important thing to have as it will be holding practically all your stuff. The ideal backpack needs a frame to help get the weight to your hips. It should have a minimum amount of space of 4500 cubic cm but the closer you get to 6500 cubic cm, the better. In addition, having a thick (and comfortably) waist-belt for bearing loads might be beneficial. While external pockets and loops are aesthetically pleasing, they may be an inconvenience. Make sure it has all the most beneficial features first. Good packs are expensive and do not skimp on these or it can make the trip unpleasant.
While these can be useful for both hiking and defending yourself, it's a matter of preference. Some people may not prefer this as they like to have their hands free and decide to carry both a tomahawk and a hatchet instead.
It's useful to have a headlamp or flashlight when it gets dark. Non-rechargeable lights might be the best option but having lights that require to bring around spare batteries is also not a bad idea. Another option are ones with self-contained generators but should be a last resort in case of emergencies.
Prior to the trip, make sure that you are able to read them before you set out. It's ideal to have maps that are at least water resistant. Also, it helps if the maps are topographical. This helps to be able to get bearings and landmarks and choose the best route.
There are some options to this. The tent-bag-mat system is tried and true, but they offer considerably less versatility than a hammock. A hammock and fly with a hammock bag or underquilt and blanket will offer better insulation and usually beat out the tent in terms of space. Due to lightweight materials they are still close in both weight and price. But with some creativity, a hammock can be much more comfortable than a tent ever would be.
Make sure to bring sufficient amount of backpacking meals and things you know you will eat. They are often packaged using the smallest amount of material possible and vacuum sealed.
Some food packing ideas include:
If you're traveling in a place that has a of bears, make sure your food is bagged so it can be tied up and away from the floor.
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