I’ve done a packing Demo for my Scouts for the last 3 years and every year, it gets easier. Next week I get to do a Backpacking Demo for a room full of regional Scout leaders! (They pack the heaviest).
Here’s a 38 second packing video I made as I was getting my gear ready for the demo and next weekend’s Scout campout. You are looking at 5-6 days of food packed for a solo trip without sharing any gear. I still came in just under 35lbs. Yay! I know that’s not the lightest, but I’ve got a super comfy pack and some creature comforts to still enjoy.
The packing list for what’s in my pack is in the Isle Royale post if you want a closer look.
Here are a couple of deep thoughts from friends who helped me when I was getting started:
- Skills are lighter than gear. ~Cliff Jacobson
- Fear is heavy ~Hiking Dude
- Get a smaller pack, and you won’t pack as much! ~John C.