Jul 20, 20184316 views

What Luxury Backpacking Items Are Worth The Weight?

Sometimes the extra weight can be worth it on backpacking trips. What are those "luxury" items you just have to bring along?
jblaser, PaigeD, and 12 others

I would say a chair, but, as I hammock camp, my bed doubles as a chair. My luxuries would be a flask of single malt, some chocolate, and a good friend.
Helinox Cot Lite. Not for the ultralight crowd at ~2.5 lbs, but for anyone who wants to sleep like they're in a bed, this is awesome. If you're not going far, it's really not too much to ask to carry it along.
without any doubt, a 236ml Stanley flask full of single malt whiskey. perfect diversion from back-breaking trekking.
In order of preference and price:-
  1. My dog, Rufus and his gear. OMG. He's really a luxury to bring along. He carries his food in his pannier and I carry his foldable bowls!
  2. Katadyn Water Filter
  3. Euroschirm Telescopic Handsfree Trekking Umbrella that allows you to have both hands free.
  4. Fujinon binoculars for bird/animal-watching.
  5. Helinox Chair One. See picture. (Looks like Chair Zero is several hundred grams lighter)
  6. Klymit Inertia O-zone air mattress
  7. Down sleeping bag.
  8. Sea2Summit Sleeping Silk Liner and fleece for Rufus.
  9. Decathlon 3-man tent. It's actually a no-man tent because if I camp with Rufus, he wouldn't let any man in! :D
  10. Solar panel USB charger
  11. Travel John - portable urinal bags.
  12. Portable camp shower that heats up in the day to have a hot shower in the evening.
  13. 20" nonstick Queensense (Korean brand) fry pan
  14. Optimus multi-fuel stove.

Booze. Always booze. Pyramid Rum for me. And also I’m in the “camp” that carries a chair. I have the Alite but will be switching to the slightly lighter REI at some point. In order to make carrying a chair worth it, weight wise, I have seriously cut down on other items and upgraded things like switching to an EE quilt, carrying less clothing, and using a Shires Tarptent. Also switched my bag to a Gossamer. That all said, I don’t carry my chair when I’m required to carry an actual bear cannister. Even though I much prefer to sit on a chair, I can’t stand carrying both since the can is so heavy (for my week long trips).
Absolutely without a doubt... flip flops. Slipping on some flip flops in camp after a hard hike feels so good.
Down booties, 2 person tent, large backpack, extra food, stove, extra water, extra socks, sit pad, towel, extra towel in wet weather, umbrella in wet or extremely sunny weather.
+ One for the Helinox Chair Zero , BUT when can we get this drop happening? There are LOTS of comments wanting it but NO Massdrop?
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Are you talking about the "Flexlite"? Pretty sure it is heavier than Helinox chair zero
The Flexlite AIR. Differenr than the original. Just checked. It’s 1lb. Same as chair zero. But cheaper. And I think more comfortable.
At my age, a UL folding chair, like the Helinox Chair Zero, is an absolute must in camp after a long day backpacking. The extra pound in weight is well worth it.
What i carry depends on the trip... but likely candidate items include...wine, fishing tackle, a book, a small axe. For some reason i really enjoy red wine when camping and have some boxed go tos that often join me. Fishing tackle is great for entertainment as well as fresh food sources. I know I can probably do better with an e-Reader on my phone but I love the tactile feeling of a paper book (plus phone gets shutdown in trips for a dann good reason). And having a two and a half pound 20in X really allows me to get a better fire and seeing as I do most of my camping during winter time I really like having a fire that goes as long as I'm at that site.
My GSI outdoors Commuter Java coffee press. It is worth the carry weight (9.6 oz), and can also be used as an additional H2O carrier. I store my bag of coffee in it when not in use.
Flask of good Scotch.
My titanium barbells...
my Keith ultralight stool is my luxury, and fits perfect in the back pocket of my Zpack Ark Hual👍👍👍👍
Klymit X pillow (1.9 oz.) and Thermarest stuff-sack/pillow (2 oz). And my Crocs (12 oz) and thick comfy socks (Smartwool mountaineering, 4.5 oz)
Hammock with straps. Bug net and tarp to taste but at least the hammock in addition to your actual sleep setup (assuming tent)
A satellite communicator!
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I’m looking for the Garmin InReach Mini!
I consider this one of my ten essentials! Which leaves me room for a different luxury item :)
Beer. Surprised nobody else mentioned this one. A couple cans of beer, maybe even a sixer if we are base camping.
Cheers to that!
Helios chair one!! And my travel pillow
On backpacking trips I always take a Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 chair and a pillow. I just bought a Sea to Summit Aeros pillow that is only 2.8 ounces and seems very comfortable. The crazy Creek chair is a little heavy at 21 ounces but it is great to sit in and lean back after a long day.
It depends if I am canoe camping or hiking and camping. When I go out on the water, I will take a large cooler with lots of food, a dry sack with extra clothing and an axe. While hiking and camping, I only take just enough food for my trip and a folding saw as well as a hatchet. I always carry a hand gun and something to read. Bears are everywhere! Some are even two footed.
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Alcohol! I decant some scotch into one of my Saywer Squeeze bags, that way I don't have to pack out any bulky glass or plastic that takes up space and weight.
This is not a luxury, but rather a necessity!
When I started my AT thru hike in 2018, I had 3 pairs of underwear/socks/liners, extra insulation, heavy duty mittens, 2 lights, stove, medium sized knife, heavier hikers and more. As I progressed north I progressively dumped most of it as I could feel every ounce on my back. And it didn't feel good! When I got to New England I had 2 pairs of underwear, 2 pairs of socks, trail runners, 1 tiny knife, no stove, a shell, shorts but no pants and little else beyond my tent and pack. I don't mind taking luxury items for short hikes but the further you go in one trip the more you should want to leave it behind! And yes I made it to Katahdin on July 21st.
My Klymit packraft, Advanced Elements paddle when I am going to remote Adirondack lakes and ponds. Adds weight but gets me out on the water and to places I wouldn't otherwise see.
Definitely Coffee and a stove
Hot coffee doesn't even seem like a luxury item....but ultimately I guess it is. The thought of not having it made me recoil in horror for a second.
I'm all in with bringing my Helinox Chair Zero on backpacking trips with me. It's SO worth it to me to have a seat to lean back and relax in next to a fire at the end of the night. Beyond that, I bring a super cheap off brand CCF sit pad with me, for all sorts of uses... sitting (of course), padding my knees while kneeling down (while tending the fire or when organizing my tent), fanning the fire, having a dry spot to set things, etc. It weighs 37 grams, and is totally worth it.