While backpacking we tend to over pack. The heavier the backpack the more difficult it is to carry.
Buying a Weighing Scale
The first thing to be done is to buy a digital scale to weigh your backpack. Before starting create a list of what you are carrying. They can be broadly classified into (1) Consumables – Food, Fuel and Water (2) Wearable – The things you need to wear like shorts, jackets and t-shirt (3) Camping items – Tents, sleeping bags etc.
After classifying them weigh each class individually, make note and keep it with you. This is the first step in eliminating what you carry extra.
The Heaviest load
Most of the weight in the backpack is of (1) Tent (2) Sleeping Bag and (3) Backpack itself.
Always buy tents that are lightweight. It is almost 20 percent of the total weight. Go for single walled personal tents. Try using hiking poles instead of tent poles. This way you can reduce the weight of tent poles.
Buy down sleeping bags which are more compressible. It helps in lowering volume and ultimately lowering weight.
Backpacks that can carry more and weigh less can help reduce the weight. Try using cottage industry backpacks. They are lighter, sturdier and more useful with extra mesh pockets.
And finally make a list of unused things when you are back. You will find that you are carrying some extra things which are really never used. Get rid of them next time. There is no substitute for experience. So go ahead and clock the extra mile with lighter load.
Australians are lucky, with plenty of walking trails in diverse countryside. With so much beauty to be explored, there is no excuse for sitting around gaining weight. No matter how well I planned our budget, unexpected expenses set us back this year, and a cheap holiday out in nature was on the cards for our annual getaway. And here is where I had to loosen my wallet, but surprisingly everything remained within my budget. You may want to follow suit to enjoy a heart-warming yet economical holiday.
I did my homework, and after investing in a sturdy backpack, warm jacket, hat and hiking boots, I found out about backpacker hostels and other budget accommodation available on our route. I also researched venomous snakes and spiders of Australia, what the best sunscreen protection would be, what water to use and how to avoid dehydration. Australia is a land of fascinating contrasts and beauty and I’ve seen all of it at a ridiculously affordable cost, By backpacking through the outback, cities and towns, I’ve got to know the continent in an intimate way that others with more money to spend haven’t experienced.
Backpacking was not on my travelscape, till I caught the travel bug and wanted to see the whole length and breadth of Australia. I wanted to travel but not break the bank while doing it. So I decided to explore the backpacking way of traveling. To my utter surprise, I enjoyed backpacking more than I had ever thought. I discovered that backpacking is not only for the cost conscious students; increasingly backpacking destinations are becoming the favorites of cost conscious travelers like me. While some of the places I stayed in were pretty basic, some not so clean, some too crowded, over all, the backpackers hideouts were pretty good.
Some of them were actually excellent. You have hundreds of accommodations to chose from all over Australia and if you choose your destinations and accommodations well, you can have a great time without spending a lot of money.
There are all kinds of backpacking and cheap accommodations available all over Australia, from hostels, to dormitories to the latest in backpacking world called flashpackers. It is more upscale with private rooms that have ensuite toilets and even kitchens
If you want to vacation on the beach or in a remoter area, then you can enjoy camping and living in tents. There are several of these accommodations all over Australia. They are great for the budget conscious and cost watchers as they are cheap. If you are more adventurous and can carry a tent too, then just look for a park or an open wide space in the outback and camp, that will cost you only the price of a tent.