Traversing a trail through nature for a period of time with nothing but what you can carry on your back can be a very satisfying and fun adventure. Of course, if that backpack you are relying on is extremely heavy, it can also be a miserable and painful experience. Making sure you have what you need, while keeping your pack light is critical.
An overweight backpack can cause serious problems. Your body will adjust for the extra weight by leaning forward. This can cause back problems and reduce your balance making it easier to fall. Your body will also compensate for the extra weight by using other muscles which can cause severe muscle strain.
Backpacking experts suggest the following general guidelines:
- A loaded multi-day backpacking pack should not weight more than about 20 percent of your body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, your pack should not exceed 30 pounds.
- A loaded day hiking pack should not weight more than about 10 percent of your body weight. If you weight 150 pounds, your pack should not exceed 15 pounds.
One of the easiest ways to decrease the overall weight of your backpack is by packing freeze-dried food. With a freeze dryer from Harvest Right, you are able to preserve the food and meals that you like to eat at home and then take them with you on the trail. Unlike the freeze-dried food you purchase in a store or online, the food you freeze dry at home is not loaded with salt and other preservatives. Not only is freeze-dried food lightweight, it is also nutritious, retaining almost all the original nutrients during the freeze-drying process. Freeze-dried food from home tastes better than anything else that will fit in your backpack and is lightweight. It’s perfect for every outdoor enthusiast.