3. Smaller Backpack instead of Extended Trip Pack
Weight Savings: 2 pounds
Cost Savings: $150
The more space you have in your backpack, the more you’re tempted to carry. Most backpacks don’t load very well unless they’re mostly full, so buying a large pack means you’ll almost certainly end up carrying more than if you had bought a smaller one.
Having a smaller backpack forces to be smart about what you bring, and is a great foundation for going lighter. If most of your trips are only 3-4 days max, ditch the 70L+ bag and go with something with 40 – 50 liters of carrying capacity.
My recommendation: Osprey Talon 44 Pack.