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Bugs getting into your tent? And other common questions.

Keep up with your buddies on the trail, backpack on the cheap, keep pesky bugs out of your tent, and stay on track with your weight loss goals without bonking mid-trip.

Planning
Sheri & Randy Propster

BACKPACKER Get Out More team

Problem
Hiking a lot (good), but spending too much on trips (bad)

“One of the simplest ways to save: Partner up with other backpackers. As a group, you’ll be able to purchase food and fuel in bulk and share costs like car travel and park fees. The night before your departure, skip the hotel and sleep near the trailhead—some national parks (like Yosemite) even maintain dirt-cheap backpacker camps. Resist the temptation to overspend at bars and restaurants, and avoid unfamiliar (and potentially pricey) grocery stores by shopping at home for the best deals. Finally, turn off all nonessential power to your house before departure, including your water heater, air conditioner, computers, lights, and clocks. If you’re gone for a week or more, the savings in your monthly utilities bill will help offset the total cost of your backcountry trip.”

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