If anyone is a camper in real life and has any ideas, that would be amazing. Our backpacks weigh almost 5 pounds...and while it's worth it (I think?) because they are really comfortable, I don't know how to pack light enough to not be nearly dead by the middle of the hike. Maybe not dead, but writhing in pain on our somewhat comfortable blow up mats. Consider our backpacks are 5 lbs, our minimum water per day is 6 lbs, tent provided is 3 lbs for half of it, and we have about 5 lbs of food to carry including snacks...that's 19 already. So I've got 6 lbs to play with unless I want to be a pack mule.
Some ideas I've put into motion so far in my amateur attempt to lighten the load (you can thank me later...after I actually try these ideas in real life-ha)
1st up: Trader Joe's reusable paper towel... I could buy a camp towel but they weigh (gasp) half a pound! No way-not with my precious 6 lbs on the line. These weigh like...nothing. They can be rung out and used even when wet to dry off (in my trials studies) and Luke and I could even share one since we are good friends and patient...er...Luke is patient I should say-maybe we'll pack two.
3rd: contact solution is no longer sterile if you change the packaging- but liquid is heavy and I don't need a whole mini bottle of solution. I plan to bring the more expensive, but much smaller, lubricant drops instead. I can't see anything wrong with this other than the expense or running out.
6th: This will cost you... Luke and I got this for our valentine's day gift...and Christmas...and birthdays and whatever other holiday comes up in the near future. I used our credit card bonus points...to make myself feel better. It's about as light and easy to carry as a combo gets. because it's a double set up, you save a little weight since only one of us has to carry the sleep quilt and they other the mattress coupler. bonus is not rolling of a narrow sleep mat. We will bring camp pillows too...yes they weigh something...no, I can' sleep without a pillow... I'm not an ultralight camper okay. I said I was a wannabe. ;)