1. Hike in sneakers. It’s better for your foot bones and all of your foot and leg muscles, and with the good chance your feet will get wet, sneakers dry like 10x faster. Quit buying into the hiking boots thing. You only need them in the winter.
2. Your sleeping bag belongs inside your backpack. Come on people. Everything should go INSIDE your backpack. Outside, you run the risk of snagging, losing, getting wet…
3. Your water should be in a side pocket, that way you don’t have to work so hard to drink it.
4. *Headlamp, not flashlight.
5. Unless you’re tenting on like, sand, you really don’t need tent stakes. I’m sorry, but sticks work fine, and don’t add extra weight to your backpack. If your tent is free-standing, you never need stakes. Just let em go.
6. If you’re hiking east of Colorado, please quit bringing bear spray with you. Just hang a bear bag at night and stay alert. Black bears are scared of you.
7. Where’s his extra layer? Rain jacket? Food? This is a terrible graphic.