Empty Gatorade bottles are lighter but don’t last as long.
Two flashlights with new batteries: Flashlights with two AA-cell alkaline batteries are good. The “coal miner’s” head mounted flashlight provides hands free use, but weighs more.
Waterproof Pack Cover needs to be large enough to protect items strapped to the exterior of the pack.
The conventional wisdom used to be that external frames are for trail hiking and internal frames are for off trail hiking.Most of our hiking is on trails, but the majority of Scouts and adult leaders prefer the internal frame and these have become the most commonly available packs.Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.A bag in the low-middle price range filled with synthetic material is recommended.Personal First Aid Kit: The Troop gear includes a fully stocked first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit to handle minor problems.
Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.) Items you wear are not included in the above totals, nor is food weight (estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 pounds per day, per hiker) or water (which adds 3-7 pounds per hiker).the three heaviest things are your backpack, tent, and sleeping bag, so if you want to save a lot of weight invest in these items.Save weight by building your own First Aid kit with a Ziplock bag and supplies.Water Bottles: Two wide mouth plastic water bottles (32 ounce size) that fit inside the larger side pocket of most packs are great but their are lighter options.It is even possible to be less than the “Low End Weight”, which is what you should be striving to make.