Backpacking Supplies

 I would like to point out that prescriptions are included in the linked first-aid kit list. My point is just that this is something a number of backpackers need to think about, and I would argue is more vital than remembering you might want music and headphones.

Especially because REI offers a great solution, why don't they include a link to a product that covers this need? (When considering weight and waste, it really is an issue you need to think about handling well). Even if this was written by a man (who understandably didn't think about this), it is important to remember that others have different needs, and it reveals a lack of consideration that the gear list wasn't reviewed by a woman.

This is what I mean by the word "subtle" - I'm sure this was not intentional, but the fact remains that it was written by and for guys. My main goal is just to make people aware that this is a sport enjoyed by both sexes, and everyone's hiking needs should be considered. Posted by HorseThief on Nov 21, 2013 09:14 AM

Please, half the sales staff at the REIs I buy stuff at are female. They are just as knowledgeable as their male compatriots. You're picking nits. I don't need to think about because I assume that when I'm out hiking, I will see an even distribution of both sexes. I think you need to let go of the agenda you obviously have. I don't want to see gender specific lists. I want general information that a reasonable person can tailor to their needs.

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Excellent point, HorseThief, but from my experience with similar situations this appears to be a case of unintentional sexism vis a vis lack of perspective rather than deliberate sexism. There is, of course, a strong sexism component to lack of perspective, in so much as it stems from lack of consideration, and that is fostered by societal views that support such behavior or at least fail to effectively condemn it.

At the very least this list should have a complete subsection devoted to women's camping supply needs. Respect requires very little effort, and it's costs are typically negligible. Rather than argue with HorseThief, why not simply take her suggestions to heart, implement them, and learn from them.

Water may be stored in bottles or in soft, collapsible hydration packs (bladders). Some backpackers store water in ordinary plastic beverage bottles, while others use specially designed Lexan bottles or metal canteens. A popular form of water transportation is Nalgene brand bottles which have extremely high impact resistance and a graduated scale printed on the side for easy measurement.

For accessibility, they may be carried by a shoulder strap or attached to the outside of a pack. Bladders are typically made of plastic, rubber, and/or fabric. They generally weigh little and are collapsible. A water bladders may be equipped with a drinking hose to allow use without requiring the bladder be removed from the pack.

In spite of this convenience, bladders are more prone to leaking than bottles, particularly at the hose connections. Hoses also allow the hiker to lose track of the water supply in the bladder and to deplete it prematurely. Bladders are also unsuitable for freezing temperatures due to the formation of ice in their tubing and valves.


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