How to Make Backpacking Suck Less? It Might Be Easier Than You ‘Think’

This brief explainer from MyLifeOutdoors provides tips and tricks for sharpening your backpacking head game.

Blisters, sunburn, torrential downpours, mosquito infestations — it’s enough to make even the most dedicated packers question their choices sometimes.

On the other hand, there are the things that make it all worthwhile — epic summits, rare sights, and a sense of peace.

According to seasoned backpacking enthusiasts, the key to getting past buzzkills is honing your head game. In this video, two masters of the craft take on a 4-day loop of the Wyoming backcountry and teach us various tricks for embracing the suck along the way.

Take a look.

Runtime: 6 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.


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