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Top 5 Backpacking Tips

Top 5 Backpacking Tips

In this episode of Backpacking TV, Eric Hanson walks through the Top 5 tips for making your backpacking trip as enjoyable, comfortable and as safe as possible.

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  1. Jeff Weissman

    My #1 back packing car camping tip is the Gatorade wide mouth bottle in my tent at night. I use it as a urinal, and don't have to get out to go pee when I'm all comfortable in my sleeping bag.

  2. Ape Man

    My number 1 backpacking tip is foot care. Get boots or shoes that fit and are broken in. Also get good socks like "Darned Tough" socks. I did the whole John Muir Trail with my daughter and neither of us got blisters. A blister on your 1st day can ruin a backpacking trip. It's all about moisture management. I have video about foot care on my channel.

  3. Arturo Guerrero


  4. Lucas Mwanisawa

    mishemishe za kingwedu

  5. Barkana racine


  6. Hamza Ramsin
  7. Kelly Yocum

    I love your channel! Have you ever used CampMaid cooking tools? I want to see how easy it is to cook with the flip grill and charcoal holder since its lightweight for backpacking and you don't need the Dutch oven. Can you please do some CampMaid tool cooking demos?!

  8. Michael Mahenge

    backpacking is the easesity way of carrying

  9. Carmen Carmen


  10. Victoria C (Life of Vi)

    I am SO glad I found this channel!!!

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  12. SteveAbqNM

    Firestarter — candle stub.  About half an inch long.  Like holding a match to your prepared fire for five minutes.  Very light, very cheap., bring several for long trips.

  13. John Lord

    Fire and firemaking.  90% prepping is 10% pleasure.  Make all your fire tinder and starter needs before you even leave.  Being a trail scavenger only provokes a survivalist or emergency situation.  A prepared hiker/camper/hunter/fisherman always thinks out his agenda, and makes adjustments for (un)needed supplies.

    Bic lighters, full-yes!, empty even better.  Cut open fuel bottom, leaving hinge.  Put in firemaking material into empty container and duct tape closed.  All strike matches spray coated/dipped in PAM, WD40, gun solvent, rubbing alcohol, cooking oil.  Wrap matchhead neck with WD40/vaseline impregnated cotton.  Dip in light wax.  Store in tiny ziplocks.  Lady's (can be used!) cotton cosmetic wipes (or men's used gun cotton patches!).  Apply vaseline at center.  Spray/dip with above alcohol/solvent/oil.  Can even dip in used car oil (metallic powders and carbon particles burn).  Make epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and potassium chloride (health food store salt) powders. Sweep up metal shop floor iron/tin/aluminum dust.  Garden store sulfur pesticide powder.  Grind charcoal briquet into charcoal dust.  Sweep woodworking floor for wood dust.  Make very tiny soap bar splinter shavings.  Rub in pads.  Can rub in shoe polish oils/waxes.  Dip as 1-2 patch layers in wax.  Put in tobacco chew tin, Altoids mint tin, shoe polish tin.  Take newspapers, paper napkins, toilet paper, cut and put (maximum product – press down!) into same round sealable tin.  Or put dryer lint or cotton puffs in container.  Put in and saturate with (used) cooking oil, WD40, (used) gun solvent, (used) car oil.  Duct tape edge.  Cut newspaper and paper napkins into thin-long strips.  Creates many thin fire material burnable flat, scrunched up, or threaded through a firestarting bird's nest.  Acquire cotton mop with dreadlocks.  Cut off dreadlock and unravel down to strings.  Cut into 2-3 inch sections.  Rub down with any of the dry powders/dusts.  Put into tins, and saturate with the liquids.  Pull out individual strings, flay wick edges and fluffiness and light.  Seal tin with duct tape.
    With razor blade, featherstick same allstrike matches with feathers upwards.  Or scrape wooden matches into fuzzy fibers matches.  Do same alcohol, solvent, oil spray/dip, and wax dip.  Put into ziplocks or waterproof sealable container.  Put them into the empty bic lighter container and tape closed.  Go to woodworking area for plywood/veneer or wood splinters.  Cut into same wood matchsticks feather sticks or fuzzy fibers.  Process in like manner.  Compact woodworking and metalworking dust in tin with alcohol/solvent/oils.  Pull out tiny lint, cotton ball, wood/metal clump, or any of the above fire tinder products and make your camp fire.  Acquire small spiral birthday candles (especially self-relighters).  Cut into 1 inch segments.  With razor blade cut down 1/4 inch end, and shave off wax from wick.  Save wax shavings.  Mini-candles and mini-firestarters last for many minutes.  Fray candle wick and rub with charcoal/sulfur/epsom dust and lightly sprayed with PAM, WD40, gun solvent, or rubbing alcohol.  Put back 24+ new firestarters (and wax shavings) in birthday candle box and seal in tiny ziplock.  Fire striker and ferro rod (for backup emergency purposes), bic lighter, wooden or paper matches, will start all of the above items.

    Cold feet?  Cut a mylar space blanket insole, and put face up in the shoe, for heat reflection back to the feet.  SMALL bubble postal wrap, or thin polyfoam postal wrap, insoles provide insulating material and bounciness.  If wearing 2 sock layers, put insole between sock layers.

    Cold head or not?, still put on cap!  When awake or asleep, bare head … and cap on head, still gives off humidity and heat.  Put plastic baggy on head, then put on hat.  Better yet!  Cut out a head cap (and ears) space blanket. Wind/cold/rain/dew/humidity proof.

    Cold hands?  Wear plastic baggy on hands, and put into mittens.  Otherwise, cut out 2 pairs handprint space blanket mylar.  Put into gloves above and below hand and fingers.

    Cold body?  Same metal water container with unsterilized or sterilized water.  Put into campfire for boiling sanitation, with or without iodine, chlorate pills, or bleach drops for faster sterilization.  Put into ziplock baggy (waterproofing) and stow in previously used socks (dirty and humid).  Dries them out while keeping you warm.  Put at armpits, at crotch, at feet, and beside neck.  Bring along a hot/cold get pak in square, rectangle, or hotdog long shape.  Can put into freezing snow or cold water creek for a (dry) cool down process of holding against forehead, neck, armpits, crotch, feet.  Put near fire for a (dry) heat up process at same body locations.  Can also be used in bed for warmer/cooler.

    Cold weather?  Eat a screaming hot supper [and fiery soup] (with black pepper oil, spicy peppers, chilis, jalapenos, curry, … keep the stomach and blood warm.

    Hot or cold sleeping weather?  If the ground (and weather) is cool/cold/wet/rain/snow, then don't sleep on the ground!  Cut out 4 Y-stakes.  Pound into ground in a sleeping cotframe size.  Put strong sticks across head and foot stake pairs.  Put long wood beams from head to foot.  Fold tarp or wool blanket over long beams for a hammocky cotframe.  Raise in summer for wind movement underneath, and up from ticks.  Lower in winter near to ground, less windchill.  Put forest duff and leafage under cotframe for insulation (and mattressy padding) and wind/ground heat loss.  Put space blanket under sleeping bag for retained heat.  If you are squeamish about finding and using wood Y-stakes, then carry with you for rest of trip!  Make some ahead of time.  Why carry heavy tent and guy lines when stakes, forest material, tarp, and blanket are already available and being used.

  14. Rude

    If you go hiking in cold terrain and you're not sure wether your footwear is up to it, you can easily upgrade them a bit by cutting out the profile of your original insoles out of a piece of felt and add this layer on top of the original insole.

  15. 1eyedjacksRwild

    Just a thought wouldn't rubbing orange oil on your face in bear country be an invitation for a bear to come and dine on your face? I would advise against it. Also the water bottle / hot water bottle could leak on rare occasions so it might be a good idea to place the bottle in a plastic bag before placing it in the sock. This could spare you the potential disaster of a wet sleeping bag.