BACKPACKING & HIKING HACKS For Your Next Thru Hike or Backpacking Trip (TESTED AND TRIED)

Welcome back family, friends and followers! We hope you enjoy this video of our favorite and most effective hiker hacks. We used a majority of them on our own thru hike in 2019 and others were used by trusted trail family. We feel these can be used by day hikers and experienced thru hikers. If you happen to have any of your own hiker hacks please include those in the comment section. Thanks again for tuning in!


  1. Joseph Jamison on December 9, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    The Sawyer plunger is not needed, just use a smartwater sport cap, usually on the 750ml bottles. Put the cap on your clean water bottle, slip it on the nipple on the clean side of the Sawyer and squeeze it in reverse. You just replaced a 2oz plunger with a .01oz cap that you need anyway.

  2. Wild West Trail on December 9, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    brownies brownies brownies.

  3. Bill Thompson on December 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    WOW I had completely forgotten about the heel lock tie since I hiked (2012/13). Thanks for that hack! I recently found a new pair of shoes in the back of the closet that I had completely forgotten that I bought. I tried hiking in them and they were blistering my heels from slipping so I stopped wearing them. I will switch to that on all my three pairs of low hikers. I’m breaking in Vasque Coldsparks right now, but they are 8" hikers with 2 metal hooks instead of holes at the top, so that might not work with them?

  4. Richard Ross on December 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    There are 4 bacteriological tick diseases in CT. Lyme is the most common but Anaplasmosis can kill in just three weeks. Doxy works on 3 of the more common diseases. Early treatment is very good. Good Luck, Rick

  5. The Dower Duo on December 9, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    What is one hiker hack you found to be helpful in this video??

  6. JJMC on December 9, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Don’t throw away your old katadyn filter because you can tear out the guts of them and use it as an adapter to screw on a Sawyer filter

  7. Wanderlust & Frost on December 9, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    thanks for the video 🙂 can’t get enough hiker hacks…

  8. Journey of the Phoenix on December 9, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I am Phoenix, Thank you for your informative videos. I am starting my AT thru hike in March..

  9. Rune Ravn on December 9, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Drinking a liter of browniemix at home: “you’re disgusting, you’re childish, you should eat real food”
    Drinking a liter of browniemix on trail: “you’re a genius, amazing hiker hack, why didn’t I think of that?”
    Can’t wait to live my best life! Thank you for the tips 🌲🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

  10. Brian Bolton on December 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome awesome, thank you

  11. Jerrymc1975 on December 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, we need calories while thru hiking, however, high sugar foods exacerbate your hunger by creating cravings.

  12. Project Yolo on December 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Alot of tips I haven’t seen before. I’ll have to try the brownie mix and the heel lock tie. Thanks!

  13. Debbie Komlo on December 9, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for the hacks! Very Useful!

  14. keystothebox on December 9, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Very disappointed since this is all info that was posted on other very popular backpacking channels years ago. I was hoping for something new or more original.

  15. WILD ON THE TRAIL on December 9, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Chia seeds. I think it’s time to add these to my food bag. I actually learned long ago they help prevent dehydration as they absorb water and digest slowly. I did realize the nutritional benefits. Thanks for helping me realize this. I love your vids, thanks👊

  16. Adventure Seeker on December 9, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Breakfastses! My brother used to say that word for breakfasts. Good vid! By the way, water weighs the same in you or a bottle. Camel up and carry extra water in case of emergency! Im adding chia seeds and brownie mix to the bag!

  17. ocinataS on December 9, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Brownie mix? Guys, you don’t need to eat like crap just because you’re on the trail. And “cameling up” doesn’t lighten your load. You just transfer the weight to inside your body

  18. Yako Bako on December 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I used to tie my laces like that just clowning lmao love the videos keep em comin!

  19. Jon White on December 9, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    sounds busy….I’ll stick to a cliff bar

  20. ChopperOutdoors on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I keep an empty mountain house bag with me. I put all my rehydration food and water in that. It’s easy to clean

  21. eXplorer on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Amazing movie!

  22. Dales Outdoor Adventures on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for the hacks, I will put them to good use.

  23. Debra Janosko on December 9, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Love you guys

  24. boomnerd on December 9, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for the trick on how to clean the Sawyer Filters. My Micro Sawyer clogged only after one trip (used only relatively "clean" water). With warm water and numerous "banging’s", its flowrate got back to close to the original (so much cr@p$). This trick didn’t worked on Katadyn Befree much (only slight improvement), which is OK as I am done with the Befree anyway (4 out of 4 Befree’s got clogged on me).

  25. K Durrant on December 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Doxycyline is a common anti-malarial as well. It is just a broad spectrum antibiotic I think. One of the common side effects is sun sensitivity. If you are already fair complexion be sure to put on extra sunscreen.

  26. Frosty Hiker on December 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought about brownie mix, it’s a lot cheaper than carnation !

  27. Chris Copeland on December 9, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Lol if you drink it your still carrying it lmao but I get it and that’s actually still a very good tip and I’ll use it thank you

  28. Southeastern RV Living and Appalachian Trail Hiking on December 9, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Good tips, except the one suggesting using a tent stake, or trekking pole instead of a trowel. Improper waste burial is a major issue on the trail. A duce trowel weighs less than an ounce, and is much more efficient for digging. I can’t help but to assume anyone who thinks a trowel is to heavy is also to lazy to take the time that it would take to dig the proper cat hole with one of the other options. Most hikers stop hanging food within a week, they would most likely stop digging with a tent stake on day two. I do appreciate that you mentioned that you continued using your trowels.

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