What You Really Need for Camping & Backpacking | Minimalist Essential Gear Guide

What You Really Need for Camping & Backpacking | Minimalist Essential Gear Guide

Wondering what camping gear is REALLY ESSENTIAL? Or how to take a minimalist approach to your backpacking and camping gear? This video is for you!

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  1. Effie on May 5, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Very good advice Alex

  2. Kristen M on May 5, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Love this video! Have you looked much into Macpac? I swear I’m their number 1 customer. That’s our go to hiking brand over in Aus and NZ!

  3. Angela P on May 5, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    This was a very helpful video! I’ve never been camping before but if I ever did go I would definitely take your advice here and by the way you had a couple of really funny points in the video especially about the poop💩🤣 and I’m sorry you had to do all that squatting…

  4. Pan on May 5, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    With all the current talk of WWIII kicking off soon, this video will come in handy!

  5. Smart Everyday on May 5, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    i watched the video because it is engaging, very good job

  6. Daniel Camacho on May 5, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    What Hiking boots do you wear for long trips @alexander Ayling?

  7. Nynke K on May 5, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    sensible video! when I finally return to overnight backpacking, I’ll probably opt for a squeeze water filter because I’m too impatient to wait for gravity. And I’ll make sure to keep that filter in my sleeping bag if there’s any risk of freezing temperatures at night! I remember the last time I ran out of water in the mountains. I did discover a small lake after a while and refilled from that, but I could see the mosquito larvae swimming just outside my water bladder and then I heard a sheep bleat nearby… I was so nervous about getting sick! I was okay but I never want to run that risk again! Also: funny, I’d always pictured bivvy sacks going around your sleeping mat but apparently they don’t have to!

  8. FallingWater Adventures on May 5, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Sorry, but after 45 years of backpacking and over 10k miles. I don’t use much of anything you suggest. My pack is around 18 lbs. with a weeks worth of food. That’s minimalistic. But hey, enjoy yourself out there and stay safe.

  9. Nicole Tarot on May 5, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Most affordable sleep system for a fat side sleeper? Lol

  10. cnm757 on May 5, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Interesting. I’ve never filtered water in NZ. Very seldom carry it in my pack. In the North Island I’ve hardly ever been far from clean water in the bush. As one dude has said, Macpac gear is good. Tents, sleeping bags, packs.

  11. pinaypanda1 on May 5, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    I love my thermarest, but I hate how it sounds like sleeping on a bag of potato chips. I use a ULA Circuit backpack (also a ultralight backpack brand) and I love it. I used to use a REI backpack but I felt that a lot of my gear weight was from the EMPTY backpack and my spine didn’t appreciate it lol

  12. TANTRA on May 5, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Thank You good advice – great help.

  13. Charles Blank on May 5, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    first time i watched a video that was posted "1 minute" ago

  14. Lake Diver on May 5, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    I like winter camping in norther Minnesota. The only thing I don’t bring is GOD.

  15. Random Citizen on May 5, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    Two person hubba tent for husband and wife? Hubba Hubba.

  16. Nicole Tarot on May 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Could you talk about minimal gear for toddlers or family camping? Best sleep system for 1-2 yr olds?

  17. Julia on May 5, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Oooof I got giardia when I lived in Zimbabwe 🫢 can attest… it’s no fun 😆

  18. BaaSicStuff on May 5, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    How much does your pack weight full? I find anything over 30lb in my Hyperlight to be a good weight, anything more and its more of a chore than fun hiking.

  19. Vik Raw on May 5, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    good stuff.

  20. Em Marcel A on May 5, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    just one edit…we don’t own the great outdoors, we are just passing by and should leave no trace

  21. Ewoks A Lot on May 5, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Ewok homes? How rude. lmao.
    Having owned both down and synthetic (and I’ve used a hybrid), I prefer down by far. in fact jus this morning I ordered my new Nemo Riff bag.
    I will likely never own an inflatable mat. Too much potential for things to go wrong with holes. I still use my 20 year old Thermarest CCP. It’s so old it doesn’t;t even fold. I roll it up. lol.
    As I’ve always "cowboy camped" I bought my first tent this year. A Durston Xmid1! Love it so far.
    I agree 60-ish Lars is plenty for most people watching a video on minimalism… Personally I love my Osprey Exos 58. The 2022 model has an excellent weight to load ratio with a very comfortable fit.
    Omg I could go on and on… BSR stove… stainless vs titanium… Sawyer vs Befree…
    Solid into video.

  22. Alif Rahmat on May 5, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    so true when the sleeping bag help and make me feel comfy when i go to mountain

  23. Amalie Laursen on May 5, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    I use the gossamer gear mariposa 60 litres back pack. Its an ultra light backpack. It was big enough to carry All of My gear, our 2 person tent and all of the food that My son and I needed for hiking 9 days without the oppetunity of resupplying. I can recommend a super light back pack if your pack is light. And I can recommend a light pack because it really makes your hike easyer out there, and more healthy for your body in the long run. And you have the space in the back pack to bring luxury items or to bring back home a Nice souvenir from the outdoors if the rest of yor load is not too heavy and if that is ok where your are hiking.
    But if you carry a heavy load when hiking, I dont think i would recommend ultra light back packs. I am not sure it will support your shoulders and back that great. So in My opinion you have to have some ultra light gear to use ultra light backpacks, or just having the expirience to pack pretty light though your gear is heavy, or the knowledge to place the gear right in your back pack when you are hiking, or being used to carry heavy loads on your shoulders, back and hips.
    I also use the thermarest neoair sleeping pad and loves it and the bfree filter, and loves it :).

  24. Howls at Desert Moon on May 5, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    How are the homestead renovations going?

  25. Thomas OuShin on May 5, 2023 at 1:54 pm


  26. Jade Robinson on May 5, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Always the highest quality synthetic products 🙂 I really hate the thought of something dying or being in pain just so I can be a little more comfortable.

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