What Should You Not Bring Backpacking?

By Alice Nichols

Backpacking can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it requires you to bring only the essentials. You need to plan ahead and make sure you have the right items for the type of trip you’re taking.

Before setting off on your next backpacking adventure, make sure you avoid packing any of these items that are not necessary or could even be a burden:

Heavy Clothing:

Pack lightweight clothing that is easy to layer. Backpacking often involves changing climates and temperatures, so it’s best to have clothing that can easily be layered rather than bulky sweaters or jackets that will take up too much space in your pack.

Too Many Shoes:

Most backpacking trips require only one pair of shoes. Your shoes should be comfortable, durable and waterproof. If you’re planning a long trek, bring a pair of lightweight sandals for camp use or for stream crossings.

Expensive Gear:

Unless you’re an experienced backpacker, there’s no need to invest in expensive gear. Many items can be rented or borrowed from friends or family members who may already have the necessary items for your trip. There is also a wide range of high-quality affordable gear available.

Luxury Items:

Leave all luxury items at home unless they are absolutely necessary. This includes electronics such as laptops, tablets and cell phones (unless used as a GPS), as well as makeup and jewelry. These items can add unnecessary bulk and weight to your pack.


Backpacking is about simplifying life and embracing minimalism. Knowing what not to bring on your trip can help ensure that your backpack is light and organized so you can focus on enjoying the journey rather than worrying about carrying too much stuff.

What Should You Not Bring Backpacking?: Heavy clothing, too many shoes, expensive gear and luxury items should all be avoided when packing for a backpacking trip.