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1. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 10y

I always have such a tendency to over pack. Just wondering what would be considered more of the essential equipment for camping/backpacking.

I would love to know what is considered 'worth the money', also.

I love my Marmot 4-season tent. It is a little heavier than I wanted but it goes up so easy and is easy to pack. The construction is super-strong, also. I would have rather a 3-season as I'm not going up Everest anytime soon but I couldn't pass up the deal I got on E-Bay.

Any suggestions for good backpacks? hiking shoes?
Inquiring minds want to know.

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

I only have one rule...If you can't carry it on your back..you don't need it! ;)

3. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Cupcake's rule is a really good one. But essentially any trip depends on you. If you are taking a tent you probably need a bigger bag and bigger bags often encourage you to overpack.

aside from a few clothes, a toothbrush, a few toiletries, towel and a camera you probably don't need much (keep your journal online as a blog from an internet cafe or just e-mail it if you don't want to carry a notebook, but sometimes what you do pack makes the trip a lot more fun.

I'll throw a few fun things in my pack, a folding fishing rod, maybe a chess set (universal game no matter what language people speak), some gifts from my home town and some snacks foreign to the country I am visiting to uses as icebreakers.

as to your backpacks/hiking shoes question, depends on if you are going carry on or not. If carry on I love my Eagle Creek Continental Journey travel pack, if not the Osprey Waypoint 60 is the best designed bag I've ever seen from a comfort/security standpoint.

as to shoes.. I just splurged on a set of Merrell Chameleon II's which I really like. Usually I just take sneakers unless I'm gonna do a lot of trekking.

4. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 10y

Quoting DocNY

I'll throw a few fun things in my pack, a folding fishing rod, maybe a chess set (universal game no matter what language people speak), some gifts from my home town and some snacks foreign to the country I am visiting to uses as icebreakers.

t the Osprey Waypoint 60 is the best designed bag I've ever seen from a comfort/security standpoint.

as to shoes.. I just splurged on a set of Merrell Chameleon II's which I really like. Usually I just take sneakers unless I'm gonna do a lot of trekking.

Thanks, Doc. I love the idea of a mini-chess set. I have a little magnetic one that I never use til now. I don't have a good bag for backpacking and having been doing a little looking on-line.

I am still thinking about some kind of TP travel gear. Or even a patch or stickers for people to use on their travel gear

5. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

My pleasure. Backgammon is another good choice - another universal game, and easier than chess.

My only caution is that the chess guys you'll meet are good - at least that was my experience in most places, so get some practice before you go.

6. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 10y

Good advice. Any places you know of to play on-line? Never thought of it before but there must be some web-site setup where you can go in and sit down at a table.

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Tons to choose from...
http://www.gammonvillage.com/backgammon/index.cfm?promotion=googlerev
http://www.gamedesire.com/online.game-backgammon.html
http://www.itsyourturn.com/
:)

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Talking about games, I took a PDA/phone with a chess game on it, it also had Risk and some puzzley things.

Talking about stuff to take, I found a headtorch was really useful for camping. I took a pair of Merrell shoes as well, they were very useful.

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

There's been lots of threads like this over time.

Useful items:

The number one essential item is a sarong. Its a towel/sheet/beachmat/skirt/curtain/pillow and millions of other things.

I wished I'd had one of those great head torches, but my dinky little maglite was also handy cos it just fits in a pocket.

A very long piece of thick strong string that can be used and re-used for washing line, tying things etc.

Duck Tape

Playing cards.

A couple of decent quality pens. I found it really in some countries hard to get ballpoint pens that didn't run out straight away.

V small alarm clock for when the one on your phone is useless cos the battery's gone. Those cheapo digital watches you get from markets do the job.

And the rest.

10. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Sorry re-reading I realise the point was- "what do you really need" not "suggest a bunch of useful items"

This is why I've never mastered packing light. I always think- well that'll come in handy I'll just shove it in.

But the Sarong is definatly essential.