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I suppose  most of us  do it to some extent  that is take along something that adds a little extra weight but it's worth it to us as it adds considerably to our comfort.  For me, it's my Exped  pillow.  I  suppose I could get by with a stuff sack filled with extra clothes as I did for years, but I find my pillow adds enough to my comfort at night that I seldom go backpacking without it.  How about you?  What superfluous item do you take that adds enough to your comfort to be worth the extra weight?

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A book on most trips.  Binoculars on some others.  Only the book qualifies as a comfort item, since it entertains me on long shoulder-season nights and takes my mind off whatever little inconvenience wants to fret about.
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On most trips I don't wear all the clothes I take, but I sure like knowing I can stay warm if the weather turns colder than expected.

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Klymit LWD (2 pound backpackable, slackwater fishing raft)
http://www.klymit.com/index.p....4f9a835

and an Alpacka Ninja paddle -
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total - 3 pounds


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Fishing gear if the area has decent fishing.

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I almost always take a paperback book and a piece of a foam pad to sit on.

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Book, dSLR.
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My "extra weight, but worth it" items aren't so much the extra things, but the versions of some of the essential gear I use.

My First Need water filter is big and bulky and heavy for a filter. There are plenty of options out there that are smaller and lighter, but I like this one. I also use a tent that's bigger than I really need (it's one of those that's called a 2-man on the spec sheet, but is really more like a 1.5 man). The extra space inside is nice.

Like Woodswoman, I take a foam pad, but it gets enough uses that I don't see it as an extra item. The pad is cut down to function as a framesheet in my pack while walking. I use it to sit on at camp, and it makes a doormat into the tent. When cooking  dinner, I fold it over in half and use it as a cooking cozy.


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Fishing gear if the area has decent fishing.

Fishing gear is not "extra weight"....
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I also like to take a paperback in case of bad weather.

Other  than that, I'll pack a little extra weight so I can enjoy a nice fire-grilled steak with sauteed onions and mushrooms and a backed potato the first night. With brussels sprouts, of course.  :;):

If I'm canoeing, or perhaps not going too far in before the first camp, a tetra pak of merlot is not beyond reason.
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For me it would be a sleeping pad chair kit.
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I also like to take a paperback in case of bad weather.

Other  than that, I'll pack a little extra weight so I can enjoy a nice fire-grilled steak with sauteed onions and mushrooms and a backed potato the first night. With brussels sprouts, of course.  :;):

If I'm canoeing, or perhaps not going too far in before the first camp, a tetra pak of merlot is not beyond reason.

You were good until brussle sprouts..  I would not feed them even to my dog..../barf!


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Apples with Jif Chocolate Silk ToGo packs, and a Victorinox paring knife.
Corona folding saw and fixed blade knife when I want a campfire.
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My dog.  He carries most of his own stuff, but I have to carry extra weight (eg, 2 person tent) to bring him along.
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Cookies.  Enough for 2 people to have dessert half of the nights.  Might need to make that 3 people for 1/3 of the nights soon.  

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Fishing gear if the area has decent fishing.

Fishing gear is not "extra weight"....

Exactly -
While my fishing raft and paddle may be considered  "extras" -
Fishing gear is the reason for being out there  -
IMHO, # one of the 11 essentials.


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We both take a Helinox backpacking chair on backpacking trips and day hikes. The chairs get pulled out when we eat and at night kicking back watching the stars.
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My dog.  He carries most of his own stuff, but I have to carry extra weight (eg, 2 person tent) to bring him along.

This.  And a book and/or iPod shuffle.

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Unfortunately,  my extra weight is located right above my belt....

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Fishing gear if the area has decent fishing.

Fishing gear is not "extra weight"....

Exactly -
While my fishing raft and paddle may be considered  "extras" -
Fishing gear is the reason for being out there  -
IMHO, # one of the 11 essentials.

True but I am referring to areas that may only have small streams or very scarce water.  If there is a fishing spot you can bet I will have it.

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Book(s) but that will change when that Earl (backcountry tablet) comes out. Not for all the outdoor stuff but because I'll be able to load several books.

My dog when she was still alive. She carried her stuff when younger but I started carrying her gear as she got older until I carried it all so she could still go.


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Since I don't consider either the Nook (LOTS of books for 11 oz!) or writing notebook luxuries (for me they are necessities, and I don't leave home without one or both), my luxury item would be the Thermalounger.  Amazing device.  My back loves it.

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Fishing gear if the area has decent fishing.


Fishing gear is not "extra weight"....


Fishing gear is the reason for being out there  

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Also, a camera is not "extra weight", my 2nd and 3rd lenses might be, but not a one lens camera.


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What kind of bait did you use to catch those?

I just love how they swim upstream to their ancient spawning grounds. Gotta love nature.
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