Everything I Pack in a Camping Backpack EXTREME MINIMALIST


Hello friends this is Youheum. Thanks for
being here today. I’m an extreme minimalist practicing low-waste. Today
I’ll be sharing my minimal camping gear. I’ll also be sharing tips on
sustainability and how to keep a light weight pack. My long-term backpacking
includes places like the Appalachian Trail and Zion in Utah. I was on the AT
lst year backpacking mindfully with the monks from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Blue Cliff
monastery. I’ve also done many day hikes including trails in South Korea like
mount Seorak, Jeju Island, and mostly in New York like the Harriman State Park.
I’ll also be hiking in Japan when I stay there for 3 months starting September. If
you also love being in nature feel free to share what you like to do in the
comments below also let me know what is one thing you cannot live without when
you’re outdoors. For storage, I have my woman’s hiking backpack. I also use this
smaller bag for my day trips. I enjoy how utilitarian this bag is mainly because I
focus on compactness and ease of use when it comes to mindful consumption.
The top is detachable and can be used as a waist or crossbody bag. Also, if you know
any backpacks made with recycled materials feel free to share with the
community. Using a stuff sack helps keep everything
compact I can downsize space consuming gear like my sleeping bag. I do focus
on keeping my things lightweight and compact but I also believe that I need
to listen to my own level of comfort. If I need something extra like an
inflatable pillow for better sleep, I don’t really mind adding this and I
don’t force myself to be the perfect minimalist guru. I’m open to everyone’s
standard of what being minimal and being maximal is. I believe it’s good to
have variety and flexibility especially when it comes to our lifestyle choices.
I’ve seen many people using tents and I also use our family tent at times but I
do prefer my hammock set up. My hammock and straps are from Kammok. It’s super
compact and lightweight. I also have a bug net that goes over this and I use
this all season. My diamond style Kelty tarp goes over the hammock. And
inside I have my inflatable style sleeping pad. Also I wanted to share how
hiking is such a big part of my culture. A lot of Korean people practice 삼림욕 (samlim-yog) which is forest-bathing. I appreciate how I’m able to align with
my ancestors and with my roots. I definitely think that my Korean
background has influenced my appreciation for nature, simplicity, and
also my practice of mindfulness. For insulation, I use a mummy style
down which I got before I went fully Vegan. For my underquilt, I use my
recycled Kammock Bobcat during colder months. This one is eco-friendly and
certified Blue Sign. I do try my best to eat fresh raw food but most of my
camping meals are dehydrated vegetables and fruits. I also thought of growing my
own sprouts on the trail next time so I might do that in the future. I use my
gas burner for cooking quinoa, lentils, or for boiling tea. But this gas is
carcinogenic and it does have the prop 65 warning so I try not to use it too
often. If being chemical-free and natural is a
concern for you I do recommend finding an alternative way to cook your meals. I
do include a basic first aid kit with an emergency whistle and space blanket. I
sometimes take my bentonite clay as a holistic remedy for food poisoning. I
also have my solar charger for my phone but I usually don’t look at my phone.
This way I can stay focused and be in the present moment. I also want you to
know that it’s not necessary to own many things in order to be with nature. You
only have to be in the present moment while being surrounded by natural elements. It
is a luxury to have all these things in order to support my lifestyle. I do appreciate
the abundance I have but I also know that I can always let go of all of these
and I know that I can thrive and be happy even without it.
Some other things that I have are my trowel, recycled TP, and a non-toxic tooth powder. If you want to try this out I recommend Uncle Harry’s tooth powder
and I’ll leave that in the description below. I also have a gear repair kit
which is simply duct tape. Also a tick remover key and magnifier. I also have my tarp
stakes and paracord for hanging my bear bag. Wild animals are not really a
concern here but it’s useful in places like New York. Some of you might already
know that I have a 15 item capsule wardrobe. So feel free to watch my video
if you’re intrigued. I usually add three underwear and two extra pair of socks. I
might also add two more tops if the trip is in the summer. If keeping up with your
hygiene on the trail is your thing I’m open to that and I would also love to do that. I simply don’t find it necessary to change
my clothes every day or every other day when I am in nature. For hiking shoes, I
take my everyday sneaker that’s actually meant for trail running. If you want to
know more about my barefoot minimalist shoe, you can also watch my previous
video. Last time I checked my pack weighed about 28 pounds and I was able
to shed some weight by cutting off all the labels, removing plastic drawstring
fasteners, and instead of using this I just made a simple slip knot. I also
removed a lot of the packaging materials to shed weight. I’ve also seen some
people cut the toothbrush into half and if that’s something that’s going to help,
I do recommend it. Also, the hammock carabiner can weighs a ton so I often
ditch these and use sturdy knot instead. My sister used this pack on our AT trip but of course we shared the cookwares. I think everyone’s
really different with their level of comfort and need. So it’s good to listen
to your own capacity when it comes to picking your backpack and when deciding
the amount of things that you want to take on your trip. I do find it difficult
to look for sustainable and eco-friendly options when it comes to outdoor gear.
That’s why I was so happy to see that Kammok had a 100% recycled stuffing
blanket that was Blue Sign certified. I’m very happy to receive this
as a free gift. this can also be used as underquilt with my hammock and as a
sleeping bag as well. I appreciate how thoughtful they were in their design.
It’s definitely a good fit for my needs because I value how versatile and
minimalistic it is. I’m also grateful that they donate 1% of their
profit to green causes. I enjoy having an abundance of what nourishes me, that’s
why I love keeping my camping gear collection for my hobby even though it
may not be seen as minimal. It only matters to me that I fully appreciate
and enjoy what I own so that these things can help bring experiences and
happy memories. If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe to my channel.
Thanks again for being here my friends and I hope to see you again soon.

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