While I pack light and count ounces quite carefully what I have noticed is my pack ‘kitchen’ is slowly swelling and getting heavier. After a couple years where I argued back and forth with myself over whether or not to carry an extra chocolate bar or even an extra ounce of food, I find rather these days I will cut out extra gear over food – or kitchen gear.
It just is worth it. I can handle wearing crusty filthy clothes day in and out but not having enough food? Not anymore.
I took a look recently to see what I was carrying on an average hike, be it a dayhike or a backpacking trip. The only thing that changes much is what pot system I carry for the most part.
So what do I actually carry?
- GSI Soloist (Pan, lid, insulated cup, carry bag)
- Primus canister stove, canister of fuel, lighter, windscreen
- Freezer bag cozy
- GSI Rehydrate long handled spoon
- Steripen with solar charger case and extra batteries
- Bag of paper towels
- GSI pepper mill & GSI shaker filled with 2 salt free seasoning blends
- Parmesan cheese shaker
- Olive oil
- Honey bottle
- Bag of teas, coffees, chai
- Bag of drink mixes and electrolyte mixes
- Emergency food in an Alosak bag: Rice dish, bag of soup, chocolate bar, second chocolate bar, cookies.
- Garbage bag
This set gets moved between packs. It ensures that I can cook easily and if needed I have food to eat in emergencies. I keep it separate from my food bag that I eat on trips. For backpacking trips the only difference is I might take the GSI Dualist set instead if it is Ford and I.
Other tools I sometimes carry are a GSI mini grater for doing cheese and at times a UL cutting board. I have been known to pack chopsticks for noodles and other items like pot sets.
(May 8, 2008)