Do you remember the classic movie Space Balls from Mel Brooks? This film was a comical spin on the ever-favorite Star Wars and took a new look at the popular franchise.
The princess in this movie, when she was forced to move, packed everything in giant trunks. Later on, you realize that these trunks were carrying her one-of-a-kind hairdryer, even though it was big enough to kill an elephant.
She definitely did not hear about minimalist backpacking.
If you’ve ever thought about packing but just not sure how you could carry all of that stuff around, why not try packing light?
Below are four reasons to give it a try.
It almost goes without saying, but if you carry a lot of items, you would be the one who would have to bear the brunt of it. More weight in the bag means more energy consumed in carrying it around.
Just like a car or truck, the more weight it’s carrying, the worse the gas mileage it has. You’re going to have to make more stops in order to fill up the tank and keep everything going.
You’re just like your car, except you’ll be stopping to fill up on snacks and water. With fewer items, you’ll tire less and be ready to hit more trails with your friends.
Easier on the Body
Everyone has gone through days after a rigorous bout of physical activity where you just feel ready to collapse in bed. Your body is aching in places you didn’t even know existed, and the best thing you could do is invest in an ice bath.
With less of a load, you’re going to feel the burn and aches less and less over the course of your hike. This isn’t just for one day but after multiple days of hiking. You’re probably not an ultramarathoner, who can go multiple days running long distances (for whatever reason).
Your body is going to thank you later for taking it easy. You’ll notice the difference in your feet and back the most.
Minimalist backpacking is going to help you go further and stay fresher. There are many movies where a ship starts sinking and people’s immediate action is to start throwing items overboard to ease the load.
You’re going to be quicker and be able to move around better if you had a lighter load. While a three-day hike may not have seemed doable a few weeks ago, it seems like a ready challenge now. So enjoy packing light and getting more miles out of your trip.
It’s Getting With the Latest Trends
While it may seem like minimalist backpacking is just a fad, this article is here to tell you that this trend is here to stay. So, it’s time to start embracing it and living the lifestyle!
That’s why you should be looking for all the latest gear and changing your hiking strategy. You can now go further, experience fewer aches and pains, and reduce your chance of injury. There is not anything that’s going to slow you down from here.
Plus, it’s an amazing way to preserve the environment. If you’re carrying fewer items, that means you’re going to be wasting less along your trip. You should already be an environmentally conscious hiker, so make sure you’re doing your part by making the extra step of going minimal.