Tips on Keeping Your Backpack Light

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Backpacking is a great, convenient way to travel without having to be bogged down by a heavy, large suitcase. But carrying all of your belongings on your back can be physically taxing, which is why it’s important for backpackers to try and reduce the amount of items they carry around. Here are some tips for keeping your pack light in order to save your back.

Be Conscious of Fabrics

Some of the heaviest items you bring with you will probably be clothes, so you’ll want to be conscious of the weight of the clothing you’re bringing. While fabrics like wool and fleece can keep you warm, they’re also heavy and take up space. Try to lean more on lightweight fabrics like silk, nylon, and polyester.

Go for Multi-Use

The more purposes a single item can serve, the better for your pack weight. Try using something like Bronner’s, which can act as a face wash, body wash, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, and hand soap all in one—among other things.

Cut it Out

The reality is that traveling light just means leaving some things behind. Think really deeply about every item you bring. Do you really need that pair of heels or that blow dryer? Really? Think carefully now. That’s right, probably not.