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Video My Minimalist Travel Gear Set Up

Discussion in 'General Gear Discussion' started by HippieGangster, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. HippieGangster

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    My tried-and-true minimalist backpacking travel gear, essentials to bring when traveling, back-country hiking, and hitchhiking the World.
    This gear has taken me over 23,000 Miles hitchhiking, and countless miles through the back-country. I hope this helps.
    Check out my channel @https://www.youtube.com/c/traveltoinspire for more travel videos & advice


     
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    Very cool and well thought out. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Nice video. i do the hammock/tarp thing as well, as it's a lot more versatile. It DOES start to suck a little if you're in an area without trees or objects you can strip your tarp from. Especially when it's windy/rainy. You're the first i've seen that carries an axe for hitchhiking/hiking trips. I just carry a heavy duty army knife instead as it's easier to pack and does the same thing.
     
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    I like your selection. Although I don't have enough technology to need the solar panels personally. I'm the type of person where I could never have too many knives or socks. What do you do about pack food? Do you get it as you go, or do you stock up before you go?
     
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    Knives and socks :D
     
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    Great video and very well made.

    I wish I didn't have back problems and could consider this minimalist :p If I have more than my sleep system and less than 5lbs in extra stuff my back is killing me within 20 miles of walking.
     
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    As a photographer/filmer I never have enough power, ha. I used to bring a large bowie knife but switched it for the axe, chopping wood is my favorite thing at camp. But I'm also more the hitcher that goes straight to National Parks, so I use it often.
    Food I stock as I go, or right before a back-country hike I get everything I need for however long I'm in the woods. I might do videos on my favorite pack recipes in the future
     
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    I have started carrying a folding saw when wandering. I can cut things to size, although you have to deal with not being able to split bigger pieces. For more permanent camps, I have been considering doing the Siberian log fire or some variation of that.
    A good knife will help make kindling, but I would think carefully before batoning anything over an inch or two. I like the small hatchet/axe though, that would be light enough to carry along with a decent saw, even if you made the buck frame on site so you only carry the blade with you.
     
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    While I'm hitching pack food is important to me. Although I have a small pack (I'm short with back problems so it's the best fit for me) so I don't usually have room for very much especially because I gotta carry cat food around for my furr babe. I like potted meat/tuna, beans and crackers. The only issue with tuna is my cat likes it too haha. Got to fight him for it sometimes. What do you normally carry for food?
     
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    Love it! i tend to carry more socks than anything because..boots. But I found a jungle hammock for 20$ and it does beat a tent in weight and efficiency. Tents cause moisture buildup in hot climates and will mildew. I agree about cooking.. unless you're in urban areas, constant fuel upkeep is a pain. I fashioned an old Folgers can and stovetop burner into a nifty, lightweight cooker.
    I use the same size tarp in camo.
    Your setup is perfect. thanks for sharing!
     
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    What kinda container you haul for water? I don't believe I saw anything featured regarding h20
     
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    Shwhiskey Gumimaci I usually pack a TON of sardines, oatmeal, peanut butter. Also fresh veggies too I love munching on raw beets, peppers, cucumbers with a bit of salt. The usual. If I'm in the backcountry its going to be typical ramen/other dry foods. One of my favorite things to make are fish tacos. Flour tortillas, spread some hummus, chop up sweet peppers (yum!!), avocado if i got it, and throw sardines on it...or summer sausage if i have it. Its delic!

    Dragononn I always reuse smart water bottles. I love how slender they are, they pack real well on the side pockets of my pack. Depending the climate I also carry a gallon jug in my hand. It reminds me to stay hydrated. Definately came in handy (no pun intended) on the lonely hwy in Nevada
     
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