In less than 9 weeks we start our #Ottertrail multiday hike.
A lot of thought is going into my pack at the moment. More or less? Comfort or luxury? Gadgets or simplicity?
So I asked one of our Instagram followers, who just finished the Otter in January what her thoughts were.
@hikingforbeerza: How much did your pack weigh in?
@carmenbunnyqueen: Mine was 18kg, my boyfriend’s 21kg so average of the group was about 16-19kg… honestly take out as much as you can haha!
@hikingforbeerza: In your opinion, what did you take with that you will never pack again?
@carmenbunnyqueen: Try and coordinate with your group. Don’t take a pot, a light etc. for every single person, I didn’t even use all my ‘tools”. We took a little too much food. But even if you do, make sure it’s a variety, don’t eat the same thing every day! Also don’t take unnecessary toiletries. Toothpaste, toothbrush, roll-on and a double use shampoo/bodywash is all that’s needed.
@hikingforbeerza: Thanks for the advice, mind if I use this in a blog I’m writing?
@carmenbunnyqueen: Not at all go ahead!!! Also recommend taking vacuum sealed meat for day 1 and 2, yes, it’s a bit heavier but its HEAVAN.
@hikingforbeerza: It is planned in our menu, HAHA.
I’ve been told, that a general rule of thumb is, not to carry more the 25% of your body weight, thus meaning mine should be approximately 22.5kg… NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!
I think I’ll cut down to about (hopefully!?!?) 14kg without water, thus totalling out at about 17-18kg
This I can do.
Please feel free to send us your tips towards keeping down the pack weight