When it comes to backpacking, not all gear was created equal, as shown on its price tag and the experience of skilled backpackers. If you’re looking to upgrade your accessories and make your next camping trip or day-hiking adventures much more convenient, you’re in the right place. Here are three must-have essentials to add to your gear right now.
For Long Hikes, Get a Quiet, Lung-Saving Pad
When you’re doing long hikes at mid to high altitudes, the last thing you want is to exhaust your last waking breaths on a noisy sleep setup, which many new inflatable pads provide. An alternative solution is to sacrifice a bit of your comfort for the sake of the quietude and convenience of having a foam pad. If your bed at home has a memory foam mattress, this will feel familiar, although not as thick. Therm-a-Rest Z-lite and Nemo Tensor Insulated are both good options for different budgets.
Every Backpacking Gear Needs a Compactible Day-Pack
In backpacking, it’s all about meticulous planning. To make your gear more flexible, it’s best to have a day-pack in your backpack. It’s like a Matryoshka doll, one bag or package goes into a larger one, which stuffs into an even bigger package. That way, you can quickly rearrange your gear depending on your plans. There’s no need to carry everything if you’re only doing a short hike. Sea to Summit’ 20L Ultra-Sil Nano Daypack is a pretty good option.
A Side-Zipping Backpack
No, it’s not a fashion trend, it’s a real lifesaver. When you’re hiking, it’s often the case that the stuff you may need sinks somewhere in the middle section of the backpack, and you have to dig through everything to get to it. Side-zipping backpacks make that search much easier and quicker. Try out Gregory’s Paragon 68 pack, and you’ll see the difference right away.