How Can I Bring Alcohol Backpacking?

By Robert Palmer

Bringing alcohol backpacking can be a fun way to add a bit of flavor and relaxation to your outdoor experience. There are several ways to do this safely and responsibly, and it can be an enjoyable part of any camping trip.

When bringing alcohol on a backpacking trip, it is important to keep weight in mind. Alcohol is heavy and takes up a lot of space, so the best choices are lightweight options that won’t weigh you down or take up too much space in your pack. Beer and malt beverages are often the best choice because they are light and easy to carry, but wine and hard liquor will work as well.

It’s also important to consider what kind of vessel you will use for your alcohol.

Plastic bottles are lightest and most compact, but glass bottles can break easily. If you do choose to bring glass bottles, make sure they are securely packed away from other items in your pack to avoid any breakage. If you’re concerned about weight or space, consider buying smaller bottles or cans instead of large ones.

In terms of quantity, it’s best to bring only what you need for the duration of the trip. Alcohol has calories and can dehydrate you quickly so it’s important not to overdo it; bring enough for yourself but don’t bring enough for everyone on the trip unless everyone has agreed ahead of time that they want alcohol with them.

Finally, always remember that drinking alcohol while out in nature is no different than drinking it anywhere else: always drink responsibly, stay hydrated, know your limits, and never drink while operating any kind of equipment or vehicle – including boats or rafts.


Bringing alcohol on a backpacking trip can be an enjoyable way to relax after a long day out in nature – just make sure you choose lightweight options like beer or malt beverages in plastic bottles or cans that won’t weigh down your pack too much. Pack responsibly by bringing only what you need for the duration of the trip and always drink responsibly while out on the trail.