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We all have little tricks and tips we've picked up through our experiences backpacking.  So, let's share them. Explain just one tip or trick you use to make your hikes more pleasurable or rewarding.  Mine concerns blisters when x-country skiing. It seemed for years that regardless of what boots or socks I used when x-country skiing, I always got blisters on my heels.  One day, I simply taped a piece of duct tape on my heel where the blister usually formed and as if by magic, they didn't develop on that day's ski.  I never ski with duct taping my heels now and I never have blisters.  Simple but effective.

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Good tip hikerjer.I used to take band aids and moleskin,but those only worked after the fact. Duct tape is multi purpose too.
I usually wrap some spare duct tape around my drinking bottle for backup.

My tip is super simple:Paracord :) it just comes in handy for so many uses.Hanging food,backup tent line it can even be used as a spare shoe lace.Not really a tip,just something I find that is lite weight and fits easily in your pack and useful.


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Re-tie boots before going down hill to help prevent toe bumping.
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Take dedicated long-sleeve top and long-john bottom baselayers for sleeping.  Regardless of how many days I've gone shower-less or how hot, sweaty and dusty the day was, a little clean-up and clean PJ's make a huge difference in how I feel at the end of the day, as well as the next morning.

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Re-tie boots before going down hill to help prevent toe bumping.

Along these lines, I've found learning a few different lacing patterns to be very helpful. Having doing different styles have saved me with big uphill/downhill walks or when I have lots of flooded beaver swamp to wade through.
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Don't hike too fast the first half of the day and the second half will be more enjoyable.
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When things aren't going well, take a break, or even better, take a nap.
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Bring a bandanna. I know cliche, but I use mine for everything. I tie my hair up with it, I filter water through it, I use it to collect things, I wipe up sweat and spills, I apply pressure to cuts/scrapes, and I even used it to flag someone down or as a trail marker.

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Take dedicated long-sleeve top and long-john bottom baselayers for sleeping.  Regardless of how many days I've gone shower-less or how hot, sweaty and dusty the day was, a little clean-up and clean PJ's make a huge difference in how I feel at the end of the day, as well as the next morning.

I am less inclined to use PJs but the cleanup part is spot on.  You will actually sleep better and your sleeping bag will like it as well.

I have a friend who takes an UL shower kit and washes every night.  He takes extra fuel to assure warm water.  I am thinking of trying that as well.  Currently I do the sponge bath method using a small textile bucket with warm water.

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Always hike at the pace of the slowest hiker in your party.

And don't hassle him/her about being slow!  Just plan your trip for that slowest hiker, and enjoy the time you have observing wildlife, studying the map contours ahead, studying the topography of the area you are hiking through, or maybe planning the details of that nights dinner in your head, step by step.


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Jer, have you tried Leukotape?  I rarely have a problem with blisters, but Leukotape doesn't leave the sticky residue that duct tape does.  I think Leukotape P is supposed to be the best.  Others seem to swear by it.
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If I anticipate trouble with a rope or cord getting tangled in storage or in my backpack, I braid the rope. The braid is easy to learn and can be done in very little time. With practice, a 50-foot rope can be braided in just a few minutes and later strung out when needed in just a few seconds. Total time is far less than messing with a tangled rope.

I find the braid much more reliable than coiling the rope — especially for nylon rope of smaller diameter, say from ⅛ to ⅜ inches.

The simple braid may go by various names: Slip-knot Braid, Daisy Chain, Monkey Chain, Monkey Braid, etc.  Each is basically a long chain of slip knots. I learned the method in jump school for field packing a parachute and have used it consistently for decades on most smaller-diameter ropes.

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Monkey Braid, Animated Knots
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Rubbing alcohol will remove tree sap from almost anything (tent, fly, stakes, clothing).  

Loc-tite vinyl, fabric, plastic flexible adhesive will bond just about anything.


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If I anticipate trouble with a rope or cord getting tangled in storage or in my backpack, I braid the rope. The braid is easy to learn and can be done in very little time.

Little did you know that you are doing a crochet chain with that "braid".  :) :cool:

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Well there are all of those little ones I see people do. Wrapping duct tape around the nalgene, wearing "survival bracelets", cutting the extra strap lengths, investing in a dehydrator, vaseline cotton balls, wet wipes(portable showers), etc. etc.

I always have a little piece of steel wool that I rip off of a big piece. Always go slow, it aint a race. Excedrin Migraine on longer trips.


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Rubbing alcohol will remove tree sap from almost anything (tent, fly, stakes, clothing).  

So will Everclear......jus sayin
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Leave your ego at the trailhead. Don't "tough it out". Stop and address any discomfort, now.
Retie that shoe, tape that hotspot, cut off that callous, reposition that packed item, reapply that sunscreen or bug repellent, etc.
Ten miles later, you'll be glad you did...or suffering unnecessarily because you didn't.
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Leave your ego at the trailhead. Don't "tough it out". Stop and address any discomfort, now.
Retie that shoe, tape that hotspot, cut off that callous, reposition that packed item, reapply that sunscreen or bug repellent, etc.
Ten miles later, you'll be glad you did...or suffering unnecessarily because you didn't.

A few years ago I was hiking in a foreign country with a hodgepodge of people from various nations.  For a couple of days we hiked with a local.  At one point when we took a break I put on some more sunscreen.  The local said yes, that's a good idea.  I laughed and said yes, but you know that, you live here.

She rolled her eyes as if to say "I should know better", pulled up her pants and rolled down her socks to show the nasty sunburn on her legs.

It's little things like that which can make you miserable for days or even longer.
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If I anticipate trouble with a rope or cord getting tangled in storage or in my backpack, I braid the rope. The braid is easy to learn and can be done in very little time.

Little did you know that you are doing a crochet chain with that "braid".  :) :cool:

Yeah, you're right. I did notice the site I linked called it a "crochet stitch" among other names.
I wouldn't have known. :)


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Take your time and take pictures.   Hiking and backpacking should be enjoyable and relaxing.  I have to remind myself of this all the time, my tendency being to cover ground.  "What's the hurry?".  Words to live by.

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Take dedicated long-sleeve top and long-john bottom baselayers for sleeping.  Regardless of how many days I've gone shower-less or how hot, sweaty and dusty the day was, a little clean-up and clean PJ's make a huge difference in how I feel at the end of the day, as well as the next morning.

I am less inclined to use PJs but the cleanup part is spot on.  You will actually sleep better and your sleeping bag will like it as well.

I have a friend who takes an UL shower kit and washes every night.  He takes extra fuel to assure warm water.  I am thinking of trying that as well.  Currently I do the sponge bath method using a small textile bucket with warm water.

Rumi

I do this, just makes me sleep good.

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Jer, have you tried Leukotape?  I rarely have a problem with blisters, but Leukotape doesn't leave the sticky residue that duct tape does.  I think Leukotape P is supposed to be the best.  Others seem to swear by it.

Never heard of it.  Where can I find some?

Thanks.


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Jer, have you tried Leukotape?  I rarely have a problem with blisters, but Leukotape doesn't leave the sticky residue that duct tape does.  I think Leukotape P is supposed to be the best.  Others seem to swear by it.

Never heard of it.  Where can I find some?

Thanks.

I've never found it in brick and mortar stores, but there's always Amazon, which is where I got mine.

I'm pretty sure I first heard of it in these forums.

I wrap a few feet around a little sawed off dowel rod and put it in my FAK.
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put it in my FAK.

FAK ?

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First aid kit?

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Got  ya.  Thanks.

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