20 SIMPLE AND UNIQUE BACKPACKING HACKS

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Get creative with these easy and inexpensive backpacking hacks that will make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable.

Learning to backpack can be challenging. It’s totally worth it, but there’s a lot to learn and mistakes will undoubtedly be made when you’re just beginning. Even for experienced backpackers, there are always more tricks of the trade to pick up for a more seamless trip.

Backpacking hacks are great because they help you think creatively and make life easier or better on the trail. After thinking about my own experiences and talking to fellow backpackers, I put this list of hacks together that will help other adventurers make the most of their outdoor experiences.

FOOD HACKS

Everything tastes better during a backpacking trip. These hacks will help you enjoy your outdoor cooking or eating experiences even more.

SNOW CONES

If you plan to backpack in the snow, bring a dash of Crystal Light or preferably powdered Gatorade to whip up snow cones. Simply create a snowball, sprinkle some powder on top, and enjoy. Besides tasting yummy, powdered Gatorade will help replenish electrolytes. Just make sure to bring enough for your hiking buddies!

MINI SPICE KIT

Add pizazz to your camp meals by bringing along a lightweight spice kit. Pour a small amount of spice into tiny resealable bags (the size often used for storing buttons), roll them up together, and store them in a slim, empty pill bottle.

MAKE YOUR OWN BACKPACKING STOVE

Feeling creative or have a knack for reusing materials? Instead of buying a backpacking stove, or as a fun alternative, learn to make your own lightweight stove using an aluminum can, a pocketknife, alcohol for fuel, and other common materials. There are several designs, so experiment and find the one that works best for you.

LONG-STEMMED SPORK

Why bring a fork and spoon when you can save weight and have both in one? If you typically eat freeze-dried meals, make sure to choose a long-stemmed spork, as it’s ideal for reaching into those deep pouches.

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