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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

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The List: 10 Essential Backpacking Hacks You Need to Know

These clever, easy workarounds will save you time, energy, and money on your next trip.


Duct Tape
3) That's a Wrap
Instead of lugging along a whole roll of duct tape for emergencies, cut the weight and wrap 5 feet around your water bottle, lighter, or trekking pole.

Text by Shey Kiester. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Flickr


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BP Mag is weak
Dec 12, 2013

are you guys getting your lame advice from Bear Grylls. This list is sorry as he is. You can do better than this by watching a Youtube made by 12 year old.

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fieldandscream
Dec 11, 2013

tent stakes with food residue and dryer sheets: keep your boots on 'cause the bears are coming to your tent site this evening...

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Mark
Dec 11, 2013

I hate the smell of dryer sheets

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Neil
Dec 11, 2013

I don't mean to be too critical, but it seems to me that remembering to stretch and put your phone in a ziploc bag aren't really "hacks" insomuch as the obvious thing to do. I was kind of disappointed by the whole list; I was really hoping for some clever ideas on par with the wound irrigation method.

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Gabby
Dec 11, 2013

or use an old credit card and wrap some feet around the card. lightweight and usable. also can be used a a reflector / mirror for signaling in an emergency!!

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sierracanon
Dec 11, 2013

ummm... really?? It would seem that the nylon cord would burn up, and the heat would compromise the structural integrity of the aluminum stakes. Not thinking that's really a great idea.

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nunya
Dec 11, 2013

egads, only a few of these were worthwhile. just trying to fill space, eh?

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