Hiking Tip-Improvise and save $

Hiking, backpacking, and Camping tipsTips for hikers, backpackers, and campersTrail hikes and sleeping warmI go nuts in outdoor stores. Everything looks good, and I try to rationalize that items I don’t need may come in handy.

Hiking Tip: Improvise and save $    Here are a couple of ways you can be frugal and get the job done.

Sleeping warm   I found that I became colder in my bag by morning. I was convinced dampness seeped up through my tent floor and through my pad into my sleeping bag. Obvious solution—buy a warmer bag. Then I remembered several hikers who placed contractor insulation paper on their tent floor and put their sleeping pad over that. I can tell you it makes a difference, in the same way such insulation retards cold and moisture from getting into your house. Tyvek insulation paper does the same thing that Dupont and other insulation paper will. A local carpenter cut me the piece above, and it weighs next to nothing.

Mesh Dunk and Storage Bags   To air out stinky clothes, to soak or chill something in a stream, to store garbage, etc., meshed ditty bags, sold in outdoor shops, are popular on the trail and in camps. But the citrus bags (holding oranges and grapefruit), which my wife brings home from the grocer work just fine. I save them and use a couple of new ones on every extended hike. They do the job, and I’ll never run out.

 You work hard for your dollars,so improvise and save a few. Happy trails!

Published by Ray Anderson

Hiker and writer. Have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. My trail name is "HAMLET." Have written three hiking novels (thrillers). The first one, "THE TRAIL," was traditionally published in 2015. My second hiking thriller, "SIERRA," released Oct 2016. Book three in my AWOL hiking-thriller series, "THE DIVIDE" releases from Turner Publishing 8/18/2020. www.RayKAnderson.com

4 thoughts on “Hiking Tip-Improvise and save $

  1. Here’s a frugal tip I learned this weekend: The healthy choice meals have a steamer tray that is super light & can be used to drain or strain liquids or to wash dinner clean if it falls in the dirt!

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