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Big ticket backpacking gear like a bag, tent, pack, stove and purifier will leave you broke. The smaller items add up quickly and will make your wallet light.
A few products from LOKSAK and Snow Peak are recommended items that are not expensive compared a top-of-the-line 2-person tent.
The Snow Peak Titanium Full Silverware Set is both durable and light. The set includes a fork, spoon and knife. Titanium has a low strength-to-weight ratio and is corrosion resistant. That all adds up to a utensil set that can be tossed around, squished, stepped on and submerged without destroying it.
At a total weight of 1.8 ounces, its light weight makes it an alternative than just bringing a spork. And Snow Peak includes a canvas carrying case to keep your utensils organized. (MSRP $32.95)
The versatile LOKSAK aLOKSAK Bags keeps you essentials dry and protected. LOKSAK sells a few multi-packs, so you can pick up a few different sizes.
The best uses for me are for protecting my maps and small electronic devices like an iPod and GPS. The aLOKSAK are touted as air, dust and humidity free due to each bag's hermetic seal.
LOKSAK puts their products through rigorous testing including submergence, thrash and pull tests conducted by the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit Team and have been certified waterproof to 60 meters by Scuba Schools International.
The aLOKSAK Bags held up to their billing. I submerged my smartphone in the aLOKSAK for a few hours. I fished it out of the water and my smartphone was completely dry. ($6.49 to $15.99)
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