Easy DIY Camping Gear [14 Useful Ideas]

DIY Camping Gear

When you want to go camping, it’s hard to take with you everything you need. Store-bought gear is most of the time expensive, and easy to improvise at home or in the wild. You can try our easy DIY camping gear ideas, if you want to save some money.

You can make your camping much more comfortable, and if it happens that you forget some gear at home, there are chances you can improvise something in its place.

Much more convenient to make it yourself from recycled items, or cheap substitutes, if you lose them, you won’t be that upset about the money you spent on them.

DIY camping gear is great for thinking outside the box. When you find yourself in a situation to need a specific camping gear, knowing these tricks will help you solve your problems out in the wild.

DIY Kitchen Camping Gear in the Wild

Very important to your survival in the wild is going to be the food. A few tips on how you can store it, and how you can cook it using DIY solutions, will make a big difference to your camping experience.

How to keep fresh eggs in the wild

Camping Eggs

Camping omelet, or sunny side eggs, are the best, let’s face it. Boiled eggs are easier to bring and store, it’s true. But having options, when it comes to eggs it’s nice.

You don’t have to worry about storing them without breaking their shell, if… you give them a new shell. Instead of bringing them whole, you can crack them at home and put them in a bottle using a funnel. Easier to whisk too, just give it a little shake.

Store the bottle in your cooler, and when ready to cook, spill them in your pan, nothing easier than that.

DIY stove using a can

The metal can will spread the heat equally to your food, and you don’t need to spend extra money on camping stoves.

Needed materials:

  • Thick work gloves
  • A sharp cutting tool
  • 1 large, empty can
  • Aluminum foil
  • Charcoal

Steps to make it:

1. Put on some thick construction gloves for safety.

2. Place the can on a flat, stable surface with the open side up.

3. Make several even and vertical cuts in the can. Start at the open top and cut down the side of the can. Stop cutting about 2 inches from the bottom. Continue until the entire can is cut evenly around the circumference.

4. Carefully bend the strips backward until they are fanned out like a flower.

5. Place 2-3 layers of aluminum foil and shape it like a bowl so it will rest in the open can strips.

6. Place charcoal onto the fire to create a small barbecue pit, and light your fire. Place a portable griddle or cook-top over the coals, if you have one, so you have a cooking surface. If not, you can use sticks to hold the food over the charcoal fire.

Keep your food cold with drinking water

Stop lugging around those blue plastic ice packs. They melt quickly and then you’re stuck with heavy, liquid filled plastic pieces for the rest of the trip.

Instead of ice packs, keep your coolers chilled with frozen water jugs. The jugs of water contain drinking water, so you can consume them once they melt.

Now your food can stay cold and your group will never go thirsty. The best part is, you will be carrying much lighter equipment on the way home!

DIY Comfort Gear to Help You Feel Like Home

The camping experience can become uncomfortable sometime, due to not having the comfort of your home in the wild. Which, to be fair, it’s something to be expected.

But don’t be too upset, as I can show you a few tricks of how to make your adventure much more comfortable, with these DIY gears.

DIY air conditioning

Don’t call me crazy just yet. You can have air conditioning in your tent, to cool it down during hot camping days, and it’s something you can make yourself.

Needed materials:

  • Ice (in blocks or cubes)
  • 1 large plastic storage container with lid
  • A battery or solar operated fan
  • A knife or sharp cutting tool
  • Duct tape

Steps to make it:

1. Cut one hole in the lid of the container. This hole should be the exact size of the fan cage you are using.

2. Cut a second hole at the top of one side of the container. This hole should be roughly 4 inches in diameter.

3. Secure the fan to the container by taping the edges to the lid. Remember not to block the back of the fan with tape since this is where the fan gets its air to blow.

4. Place ice in the container and close the lid. Turn the fan on and enjoy the cold air that comes out the hole in the side.

DIY wilderness sink

We still need our hands clean when eating or cooking in the wilderness. The lack of running water can be problematic, so it’s best we make sure to find a way to wash our hands.

This washing station is the most useful trick you need to keep yourself, and your buddies, clean. And not only for your hands, but for your cooking utensils as well.

Needed materials:

  • 1 large bucket (A plastic 5-gallon bucket is recommended)
  • 1 large jug with a pour spout
  • 1 plastic paper towel holder
  • 1 pack of paper towels
  • Bungee cords or duct tape
  • Environmentally-friendly soap

Steps to make it:

1. Fill the jug with water and place it on an even surface.

2. Place the paper towel dispenser on top of the jug and use a fastener to secure the holder in place. Put the paper towels into the holder.

3. Put the bucket underneath the waterspout so that it catches all of the water and keeps your campsite dry.

4. Keep the soap nearby so everyone can easily reach it. Don’t forget to empty the wastewater bucket every once in a while.

Please use soap that will not harm the environment when you dump it out. It’s always best to empty the water in a bathroom if your campsite has one.

DIY camping heater

I talked about air-conditioning in hot weather, but now I can tell you that you can have a heater for the cold nights.

Needed materials:

  • Long burning candle.
  • Bricks from home/Rocks from wilderness.

You can use rocks you find any around your campsite, but if you travel by car, you can take a few bricks with you, to make sure you have some at hand.

You’ll need a long burning candle for your DIY heater. You’ll use it to warm up the rocks or bricks you brought with you.

I’m recommending bricks because of their stable shape. You don’t know how unstable the rocks in the wilderness might be, and it’s best you don’t risk it.

Steps to make it:

1. Place the large candle, inside of your tent, at a safe distance from the walls.

2. Make a circle of bricks, or rocks, around the candle. Stack them up.

3. Light the candle in the middle and balance a brick above it, so the flame burns right into it.

4. After the bricks have heated up, you can now blow off your candle, and then go to sleep.

This heater will keep you warm for hours after the candle is extinguished.

DIY camping toilet

Maybe you don’t want to talk about physiological needs, but they happen, and it’s not always easy to find a good place and be comfortable.

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So I got a perfect solution for you, to not be afraid of snakes hunting your bottom from the bushes. Or is that just me? I always feel them watching…

Women can avoid being too close to the ground with these urinal devices made for them. But for other cases, in which you need to sit in order to do your thing, I have the perfect solution for you. Camping toilet comes to your rescue.

Needed materials:

  • 1 large, sturdy bucket with metal handle (a 5-gallon bucket is the most comfortable.)
  • 1 pool noodle
  • A shark knife or other cutting tool
  • Sawdust (optional)
  • A roll of toilet paper (obviously)

Steps to make it:

1. Take the lid off of the bucket and measure the circumference.

2. Cut the pool noodle to the same length as the circumference of the bucket.

3. Place a heavy duty trash bag into the bucket just like you would any other trash bin. Secure the bag in place by placing the pool noodle on top.

Use the ridge in the noodle to fit into place on the lip of the bucket. If there’s no ridge, you can cut down the length of the pool noodle to make one.

4. Detach one side of the handle. Put the handle through the roll of toilet paper and close the handle back in place.

5. If you want to make a less smelly composting toilet, add about 2 mason jars worth of sawdust to the bottom of the bucket.

Feel free to bring the sawdust with you and add it when you get to your campsite to avoid any possible messy spills on the way there.

6. Now you’re ready to use your outdoor toilet. The pool noodle makes the seat nice and cozy to sit on.

When you want to clean it, simply remove the noodle and tie up your bag. You should take these home if there are no garbage receptacles near your campsite.

DIY Navigation Tools

Although this is an article about making your own equipment, it’s important to note that something as important as a navigation tools is not something you should make on your own.

A do-it-yourself compass should only be made if you really need one, in an emergency survival situation. It’s too dangerous to risk your life with a handmade compass.

Always buy a good quality, reliable compass before venturing out. For tips on how to adjust compass declination, see our must-read article.

The needle & leaf method

Place a needle on top of a leaf and gently set them on top of a motionless pool of water. Don’t touch the leaf. Wait for the leaf to stop turning. It will find the north/south line and you can follow that.

DIY Medical Equipment Kits

First Aid Kit

There are many store-bought medical kits out there. Most of the time they cost a lot of money because they look nice, and it is already put together by someone else.

But, as you will notice, they all have things you can easily find in stores, and buying them separately might cost you less if you go for larger packs.

DIY first aid kit

The good thing about making your own first aid kit is knowing what’s inside, and adding more of what you know it is used more often. Like if you have kids, you know they are prone to scrapes and bruises.

Store-bought first aid kits don’t know about medication your family and friends use. The kits are generic to fit most people. But you know best, and will have to add what you know might come in handy.

A reliable waterproof container that seals, with has organizers, will help you store your medication in order, keep dry and safe, ready to be used when you need it.

Best containers to use are: fishing tackle boxes, scuba mask containers, or even toolboxes. Or if you already bought a first aid kit in the past, just replenish that, and add to it to make it suited for your needs.

First aid kit list:

  • Good quality, waterproof bandages of all sizes
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze roll
  • Spray adhesive bandage
  • Celox
  • Wet wipes/alcohol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Peroxide
  • 2 Ace bandages
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cortizone- 10
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Allergy medication
  • Antihistamines
  • 1-2 pills of prescription medication if necessary
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tape
  • 1 + rubber gloves
  • Bug spray
  • Waterproof, sport sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera ointment

Make a list first, of everything you need and might need in case of accidents. Gather everything inside, and put the list on the inside of the container.

When you use something from it, drag a line over it on the list, to know you used it and put it back when you go back home.

This way you’ll never run out of necessary items in you DIY first aid kit.

DIY mini first aid kit

You won’t always need a really big first aid kit when you go camping. If it’s only for a short time, and the area you’re going to is not dangerous, then you might need just a part of the normal first aid kit.

Just find a small box to fit the basic stuff. It’s best if it’s light and small so you don’t have to carry much, or doesn’t take much space.

Mini first aid kit list:

  • a few Bandi-Aids
  • a small piece of pre-cut medical tape
  • Tweezers
  • safety pins
  • Alcohol swabs
  • painkillers
  • Neosporin straws
  • dental floss
  • cotton balls

DIY Fire Starters Kits

Fire starting kit

Besides water and food, fire is the most important tool to have with you when you go camping. And it’s best you have what you need at hand to make sure you can get it started.

Wet environment can give you a hard time when it comes to starting a fire. But these kits will save you from the headache.

Quick tip: With a pencil sharpener you can have tinder in just a few seconds. Find a thin stick and shred it in.

DIY single-use fire starter kit

Those small basket-shaped containers in the egg cartons give you a perfect tool to re-purpose them into single-use fire starters.

Needed materials:

  • An empty egg carton
  • A decent amount of dryer lint
  • Candle wax
  • Double boiler (or 1 large bowl that fits on top of a small pot)

Steps to make it:

1. Fill each empty egg holder in the carton about ¾ full with dryer lint.

2. Melt whatever candles you’re using in a double boiler

3. Pour the melted wax into each egg holder, soaking the lint with the melted wax.

4. Wait for the wax to cool.

5. Depending on the length of your trip, take the entire carton and rip it apart as you need to make a fire. Alternatively, you can cut it apart before leaving on your trip and take what you need.

6. To light the fire, light the paper carton first. The flame will be strong enough to catch on the lint and use the wax to burn more slowly.

DIY mini fire starter

Needed materials:

  • Empty pill bottle
  • Cotton balls
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Sealable sandwich bag
  • Tweezers
  • Matches

Steps to make it:

1. Take the pill bottle and wash it thoroughly, inside and out, don’t leave the label on either.

2. Place about two spoonfuls of the petroleum jelly into a sandwich baggie.

3. Lightly shred some cotton balls by pulling them apart.

4. Put the cotton into the bag of petroleum jelly. Seal the bag and knead everything together. Be sure that all of the cotton has plenty of petroleum jelly on it.

5. Remove the soaked cotton balls from the baggie and place into the empty pill bottle. Close the bottle and label it as a fire starter.

Feel free to tape matches to the outside of the bottle, but remember that they are not waterproof. You can learn how to waterproof your matches here.

DIY waterproof match box

A fire starter kit should have matches too. But they tend to get ruined first if the environment is humid.

Steps to make it:

  1. Remove the striking strip from a box of matches.
  2. Glue the striking strip to the inside of the lid.
  3. Place the matches inside and close the lid.

Conclusion

These DIY camping gears saves you money, provides you with the items you need, and increases your survival skills. Whenever you can, try making your own items, improvise, but take all safety precautions when you make something on your own.

More tips on how to prepare for hiking here. It’s good to be ready for whatever you encounter, you never know when you’ll need these ideas.

DIY Camping Gear: Your Best Projects

Camping gear

DIY camping gear projects are a very good way of saving money when preparing for your camping trip, but also so much more than that, allowing you to take pride in things you created with your own hands, to decompress and to have fun, to spend time with your children doing something they will definitely consider cool and amazing.

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There are many projects you could try, from simple, basic ones that even the least-experienced camper can accomplish to others that might require some skills. From food products you can pack with you while camping to survival kits that could get you out of a risky situation, here are some of the best camping gear items you can do yourself.

Cooking and Food Projects for Camping

Food is an important part of any camping trip. Cooking and eating outdoors is fun, and we all love to do it as often as we can. Nothing tastes better than a dinner cooked outside, on an wood fire, after a long day of hiking. Also, eating properly is essential, because you need your energy during camping trips.

Do your own trail mix

Trail mix is an amazing snack for camping trips because it’s easy to carry, you can eat it on the go, it fills you up and gives you that boost of energy you need. Pre-packaged trail mixes are quite expensive and might not contain all your favorite nuts and dried fruits. Making your own mixes will save you a lot of money and you’ll also enjoy it more, as it contains all your favorite items.

It’s also recommendable to make your own trail mix if you or someone else in your group has a food allergy. Even if you buy trail mixes that don’t contain the allergen, there is always the risk of contamination during the fabrication process. The last thing you need when camping is a health emergency, so avoid one by buying individual ingredients and preparing your own trail mix.

Pack the trail mix in single serving portions, in small Ziploc bags, which makes it easier for everyone to enjoy the snack anytime and anywhere. See our tips on how to choose the best trail mix for snacks-on-the-go.

Prepare your own energy bars

Energy bars are another snack you definitely need to bring with you when camping. Store-bought energy bars usually contain too much sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors, not to mention they are also quite expensive. Making your own is pretty easy and you only need a few ingredients.

Here is a basic recipe for delicious and nutritious granola energy bars:

  • 3 cups rolled oats;
  • ½ cup almonds;
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruits, chopped;
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter;
  • ¼ cup brown sugar;
  • ¼ cup honey;
  • two tablespoons of protein powder;
  1. Line an oven pan with some parchment paper. Put the rolled oats and the almonds in the pan and put the pan in the hot oven for 6-8 minutes, until lightly roasted;
  2. Put the butter, honey and the sugar in a saucepan, on the stove, and cook until the butter is melted and all the ingredients are well mixed.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the butter mixture, the roasted oats and almonds, the dried fruits and the protein powder. Mix well and let it rest for half an hour.
  4. Put the mixture in a pan and refrigerate it for 12 hours;
  5. Cut the chilled composition in one-serving sized bars and pack each bar in parchment paper.

Make your own camping stove

  1. Remove the can’s bottom and cut a small, square gap next to the lower margin of the can. Turn the can upside down and drop the detached bottom inside of the can.
  2. Punch some smoke holes around the top rim of the container with a can opener, making sure that the can-opener tabs keep the detached bottom in place. The two bottoms will become a durable stove top when you turn it back up.
  3. Attach a small piece of stiff wire above the square door you cut before, using two bolts and nuts.
  4. Take the tin square you removed from the can and bend the top of it over the stiff wire. It will act as a door, allowing you to open and close your stove as needed.

Because the stove is very small, you only need a little bit of fuel to boil water, heat up canned foods or even cook simple stuff: you can totally fry eggs and bacon in a pan on this stove. It works great with coal because coal gives more heat, but you can also use a little bit of wood.

For more options on choosing the best energy bars, see our previous article on this topic.

Safety and Survival Projects

Emergency burner

It’s great because you can carry it in your pocket, you can lit it within seconds, it lasts a few hours and you can use it to start your wood fire or your camping stove.

  • An Altoids tin;
  • Wax;
  • Cardboard;
  • A metallic container for melting the wax;
  1. Cut the cardboard to match the depth of the tin. Place the cardboard inside the tin, packing it tight, but also making sure there is also some space for the melted wax.
  2. Put the wax in a metallic container. An old coffee can, for example, is ideal. Put a saucepan with some water in it on the stove. When the water starts boiling, put the metallic container with the wax in the water. Reduce the heat and wait until the wax is completely melted.
  3. Pour the melted wax into the cracks of the cardboard slowly, making sure that no air bubbles remain. It basically is a very slow-burning candle and makes a great sterno alternative.

Pocket-sized fire starter

Being able to light a fire anytime, anywhere, even if it rains, it’s essential when backpacking. Carrying flammable fluids or gels on you, on the other hand, it’s not a very good idea, because of the spilling or accidental fire risks

That’s why you should make this simple, cheap and very efficient fire starter kit.

It’s a very ingenious project because it recycles something that you normally have absolutely no use for dryer lint.

Items you need:

  • Dryer lint;
  • An empty egg carton;
  • Wax;
  • Dental floss;
  • Scissors;
  1. Put the wax in a metallic container and place the container in boiling water to melt the wax.
  2. Fill each compartment of the egg carton with dryer lint;
  3. Cut each compartment and fold its ends on top of the lint;
  4. Tie each fire starter with dental floss, leaving a few inches of extra string;
  5. Dip each fire starter into the container with the melted wax, holding it by the extra string. Make sure you fully submerge each one;
  6. Let them dry completely on a parchment paper sheet or on a paper towel.
  7. Pack them in a plastic bag or inside an old metallic coffee can. It only takes one to light your campfire in no time.

Altoids tin survival kit

An Altoids tin is the perfect recipient for your emergency survival kit: it’s small, it fits perfectly in your pocket, it closes very well and it’s waterproof.

  • A small wire saw that will allow you to cut tree branches in order to improvise a shelter or to start a fire;
  • Some nylon cordage or fishing line, that you can use to tie branches together when improvising a shelter or to tie your food up in a tree;
  • A fishing hook that, together with the fishing line, can help you get some food if you end up stranded in the woods;
  • A lighter;
  • A match striker glued to the lid of the tin, on the inside, and a few matches, in case that something happens to the lighter and you can’t use it;
  • A box-cutter blade;
  • A small led flashlight and an extra-battery;
  • A few Band-Aids and some duct tape;
  • A piece of aluminum foil that you can use as a cooking container;
  • A small Swiss army knife;
  • An emergency Mylar blanket. It won’t fit inside the tin, but you can wrap it around the tin and secure it with a few rings of rubber cut from an old bicycle inner tube – it’s the most durable type of rubber you can find out there.

Paracord items

Paracord is extremely useful when camping – you can use it when improvising a shelter, to tie your food up in a tree, to lift yourself, someone else, or anything heavy, to create a stretcher or to secure items in your backpack. Get some paracord and weave it to make it easier to carry – you can weave and carry it as a bracelet, for example. For useful tips on how to make your DIY paracord survival belt, check our our must-read article on this.

DIY Shelter Projects

Keeping dry and warm while camping really makes the difference. Beside buying good-quality tents and sleeping bags, you can also take some extra-precautions and prepare for the worst.

If you’re camping in the woods or in the mountains, nights can get pretty cold and wet even in the summer. What can you do?

  1. Pack a couple of emergency blankets (also known as space blankets). These items are made of heat-reflective plastic and you can line them on the ground, underneath your tent. They will act as an insulating layer between the ground and your body, protecting you from dampness and cold.
  2. Create a small tent heater. There are different types of DIY tent heaters, but the safest and easiest are based on tea candles. You need some candles, a metallic can with a lid, and some sand or dirt. Fill a third of the container with sand or dirt, put three or four candles inside, light the candles and put the lid on top, but don’t close it completely.
    The candles need oxygen to burn, so make sure that some air gets in – not too much, though. The goal is to have the candles burning with a low flame, to last as long as possible. As the candles are burning, they are heating up the sand and the metal container, transforming the container into a little stove. Make sure you place it away from flammable items and on a strait, hard surface.
  3. Make a sleeping bag liner, to improve your sleeping bag’s thermal capabilities. Fleece is silk are the best fabrics, because they are lightweight and warm. Buy at least two yards of fabric. Open your sleeping bag and lay it on the floor. Put the fabric on top of it and cut the fabric to match the shape of the sleeping bag. The fabric needs to be about an inch larger than the bag on all the sides. Start sewing the fabric to the inside of the sleeping bag. Be careful: you shouldn’t pierce the outside layer of the sleeping bag.
  4. Waterproof your items: backpack, tent, shoes. Most camping gear items are waterproof, at least in theory. However, as we all know, there is a limit to that waterproofing, and it’s a good idea to apply a new layer of waterproofing before each camping trip.
    Get a waterproofing spray and apply a generous coating on all the items mentioned above. The items need to be clean and dry, and you should apply the spray outside or in a well-ventilated room. Let the items dry for a few hours before packing them. You can also get a waterproofing spray that’s designed especially for clothing, and use it on jackets, socks and on your sleeping bag.
  5. If you don’t want to carry a tent with you, you can make your own hammock-tent. All you need is a hammock and some tarp.
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Get a piece of tarp that’s a little bit bigger than the surface of the hammock (you need some space to squeeze you and your sleeping bag inside). Install snap fasteners of the edges of the hammock and of the tarp that will allow you to secure the tarp “roof” to the hammock.

Use a different piece of tarp to protect the head area, like a hood. It’s a lightweight shelter, but a very efficient one. Your body loses less heat if you are sleeping above the ground. Also, you are a little bit safer from animal attacks.

Ultralight camping: 12 ways to lighten your load

A woman in a blue bivy sack by an alpine lake

These days, it seems like all adventure sports are becoming ultra. Marathons are growing ultra long, slacklining is becoming ultra death-defying and now camping, which used to involve a car full of gear, is coming in ultra light options. So what is ultralight camping, exactly, and why would you want to do it? Read on for all the details plus some practical tips for shedding some serious weight on your backpacking expeditions.

What is considered ultralight camping?

Ultralight camping is camping with a very light base weight load and takes place on backpacking trips where you’re hiking or running with your pack as opposed to car camping where you can load up with your best double burner camping stove and family sized tent.

Your base weight is the total weight of all your camping gear excluding items like food, water and fuel that you will consume or use along the way. Your base weight therefore includes the weight of your backpack, tent, best sleeping bag and sleeping pad, camping stove, water bottle, any extra clothing and items like your headlamp, first aid kit and knife.

That’s quite a list of essential items and as you can imagine, the average backpacking base weight is usually around 30lbs. The ultralight camping base weight isn’t officially defined, but in the outdoors community it’s generally agreed to be any base weight under 10lbs.

Why go ultralight camping?

It’s a fine balance between minimalism and straight up suffering, but with a little finesse, you can definitely lighten your load (Image credit: andy leader www.madeinholmfirth.co.uk)

Needless to say, the lighter your pack, the easier it is to cover long distances on foot. The more challenging the terrain, the happier you will be to have less weight on your back. With a light pack, you can say goodbye to achy shoulders and back at the end of the day. That said, cutting down on your pack weight does mean making a lot of sacrifices, and you may find that what you gain in terms of comfort when you’re on the trail, you lose when you get to camp. It’s a fine balance between minimalism and straight up suffering, but with a little finesse, you can definitely lighten your load.

How do you camp ultralight?

You’ll need the lightest possible gear in terms of your backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag and camping stove (Image credit: Alex Ratson)

In order to shed two thirds of your pack weight, you’re going to have to get to work. First of all, you’ll need the lightest possible gear in terms of your backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag and camping stove.

Next up, you’ll want to make some substitutions in terms of what you carry with you. Though not all of these will be possible, the following are a few suggestions to help get you started shedding some poundage:

1. Trade your tent for a bivy sack

A bivy sack might be as light as six or seven ounces and pack down to impressive dimensions no bigger than your camping mug. In comparison, even a lightweight one-person tent is more likely to weigh in at a couple of pounds, and pack down something more like the size of a hardback dictionary.

2. Learn how to build a shelter

If you’re feeling extra rugged, you could forgo carrying your own sleep shelter altogether and build your own shelter using natural materials or using a tarp held up by your hiking poles.

3. Ditch your tent stakes

If you must use a tent, you can leave your tent stakes at home and tie onto nearby rocks instead.

A bivy sack might be as light as six or seven ounces and pack down to impressive dimensions no bigger than your camping mug (Image credit: Maya Karkalicheva)

4. Buy a down sleeping bag

Down insulation weighs less than synthetic, so as long as you’re not expecting very wet conditions, this will be your best option. Down doesn’t perform when wet so check the forecast before you make your decision.

5. Use a camping quilt instead of a sleeping bag

You can lighten your load even further by investing in a camping quilt, which is about half the size of a sleeping bag.

6. Only pack the clothes you need

At maximum, bring only the clothes on your body and a dry set for hanging out at camp, but if you can get away with it, don’t bring any spare clothes at all and instead just bring rain protection such as a waterproof jacket to keep the ones you’re wearing dry. Make sure all your clothes are made from fast drying material such as wool since wet clothes weigh more.

7. Trade your backpack cover for a trash bag

We already said it – wet things weigh more and the last thing you want is your stuff getting soaked in a downpour. Instead of carrying a rain cover for your pack, you can pack all of the contents inside a trash bag, which is lighter, just as effective and means you don’t have to stop and fish out the cover if the heavens open.

8. Filter water

Water is life, so it’s the last thing you should think about sacrificing, but it’s also heavy and there are ways to lighten your load. First of all, if there are going to be water sources, bring a small water filter like the Lifestraw (opens in new tab) to cut down on the amount you have to carry. You can also drink extra at camp before you set off in the morning and carry less on the trail.

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