Save weight by building your own First Aid kit with a Ziplock bag and supplies.

Personal First Aid Kit: The Troop gear includes a fully stocked first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit to handle minor problems.

Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.

Note: sleeping bags should not be stored in the stuff-sack at home, as this will mat the filling, causing a reduction in loft, and thus warmth.

Bags are best stored in “cloth storage bags” or left laying as loose as possible.

) Items you wear are not included in the above totals, nor is food weight (estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 pounds per day, per hiker) or water (which adds 3-7 pounds per hiker).

the three heaviest things are your backpack, tent, and sleeping bag, so if you want to save a lot of weight invest in these items.

Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.

A bag in the low-middle price range filled with synthetic material is recommended.

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