I like the rigors of a good hike. Meeting a goal. Seeing the awesome scenery. Catching a sunset or sunrise. The great friends I meet, some for life even after just a day on the trail. I've seen hikers carry musical instruments, a stuffed animal. One even had these huge butterfly wings strapped to her backpack! Some carry special food items in from town. I must admit I also like some comfort by way of carrying a few luxury items in my backpack. So these are a couple of the items that I tuck away.
A Seat Cushion
|A Thermarest Lite Seat Cushion|
Just the idea I have something to sit on when resting my sore legs or after a full day's hike gave me a sense of being at home in the wilderness.
|Thermarest Z Lite|
I never left home without it. The seat also helped cushion sore knees when arranging the inside of my tent at night or packing up in the morning. I've used it to elevate my air mattress under my head, r for your feet, too. You can also get one like the Z rest pads, only it’s a seat cushion. Or make one yourself from an old foam sleeping pad like the blue ones. And get this, I saw a thru hiker this year write on it - Hiker to Town - and the reverse - Hiker to Trail - as a sign for hitchhiking! Talk about multi purpose!
A Pillow to Sleep on
No, not the gargantuan ones we use at home. I never have been able to get comfy stuffing some stuff sack with clothes as a makeshift pillow. To be honest, I usually never have enough clothes to use for a pillow, or if I do, they are my stinky hiking clothes. And who wants to put that under your head and smell the aroma all night? Not me. At first I opt for Cocoon’s fluffy pillows, and used them on both my north and south hikes. But they were fairly bulky and a little weighty. Just recently a hiker introduced me to the Exped inflatable pillow. What a fantastic invention! Boy, do I love this thing. It’s lightweight, collapses flat, and has two ports for inflation and deflation. It works like charm and satisfies my need for a place to rest my head.
So what are your luxury items that you take on a backpacking trip? Who knows, your idea may end up in my pack like the Exped pillow did!