The temptation is always there.
Will I take it, won’t I take it?
Will I pack that special piece of gear or treat that the voice in my head tells me to stash in my pack?
It doesn’t weigh much or take up any space encourages “the voice”
Are these the words you hear resonating around your head as you decide what to take on a trip, but you know it is unnecessary?
Keeping your pack weight down when you are hiking or bushwalking is always a challenge. That “must have” gadget from Mountain Designs (or REI) and a tipple for the evenings are always very tempting to take on a trip.
So what’s our list of 5 things we sometimes take backpacking that we don’t REALLY need?
- Alcohol such as wine, port or spirits – we sometimes take a nip or two in a plastic bottle for “emergencies”
- A book to read: both of us love reading. We always take a novel chosen on it’s size and weight, more than it’s literery value
- Cigar: Frank likes to relax in the evening with a hit of nicotine from a large cigar. Bad for his body? YES, Good for his soul? YES
- Pillow Case: Just a small one from an old couch cushion. It works well and gives you something to shove a few soft items in to create a pillow.
- Coffee plunger – we don’t take this too often, but on short trips, freshly brewed coffee is great!
What luxuries do you take on a long trip?
Do you take a “must have” item that is not really necessary?
Are you a gear junkie and can’t leave home without the kitchen sink?
We would love to hear your story. Please leave a comment below telling us about your “must have ” (but unnecessary) piece of gear or “food”