A Campsite In a Backpack
Popular Science|Fall 2018
A Campsite In a Backpack

When you’re climbing a steep, rocky trail on the side of a mountain, a bulky pack catching on branches or scraping against boulders will slow your ascent.

Rob Verger

Lightweight, space-saving camping essentials can provide warmth, shelter, and comfort out on the trail without making you feel like a pack mule. In addition to staples like food, water, a first-aid kit, and a multitool, these super-squishable items—which total just 8.75 pounds—will get you through your next night in the woods.


The Osprey Levity 45’s main compartment holds 12 gallons of gear, which easily accommodates everything on these pages— with room for trail mix. The steel frame at the rear of the pack suspends nylon netting, a design that evenly distributes weight across your back. It also provides breathing room so your sweat can evaporate.



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Fall 2018