Sugar, aside from just eating it for a fast carb fix, I add it to water with a salt packet to make a quick electrolyte water. I always have several packs of sugar & salt in our packs and we carry oranges for a quick snack but one can always be squeezed.
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That's a great idea to use doggy bags for other things. I bet it if you tied the top off, you could keep valuables inside and thieves would not want to touch them b/c of what they're packed in. Who would want to open a doggy bad to find out what was inside?!
Of course a bandana is everything - hanky, washcloth, towel, get it wet and wrap it around your neck or over your head when hot, etc etc. And with my tent, my trekking poles are tent poles. I've used my bear canister as a bucket and a seat. My rain pants are my night-time pants (over the long underwear). Oh, and I use my beanie (cold-weather hat) as a cosy to help 'cook' the just-add-water meals.
I don't want to admit this but I'm afraid that it's doggie cleanup bags. I use them for the obvious but have also turned them into an ice pack, trash collection (why do people who are clearly into the outdoors leave trash on a trail - angry face), and in a pinch rain protection for my camera.
Not the most environmentally friendly thing to do but I think you could use them as fire starter material.
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I carry plastic trash bags of various sizes - a big size can double as an emergency poncho, shelter,, sleeping bag, moisture barrier, tarp/tent liner, water bucket, laundry bag, pack liner, 'leave no trace' potty and [tah-dah] you can even carry regular ol' trash in it, haha! I always pack my sleeping bag in a trash bag to keep it dry before putting it into my backpack, ditto for my dry clothes and food. I may sound like the Bag Lady Queen but I use them for everything - they can even be used for first aid purposes to double as barrier gloves, made into an impromptu CPR mask or made into a sling, esp if you have duct tape to go with them.
Honest, I never go on any backpack or longer hike without the essential trash bags and duct tape!
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The last thread about the 1 item in your backpack that you can't do without got me to thinking about backpack efficiency and great advise about things that can be used for more than 1 thing if needed.
So, I thought I'd start a thread about things we carry in our backpacks that can be used for more than 1 task. Duct tape is the obvious, so that doesn't count! Post here things you've found in your hiking escapades that can do double duty jobs.
My double duty thing is shoe laces. Instead of straps or compression sacks, I use shoe laces to tie spare clothes into compact bundles in my backpack. I also use them to things like my tent or wet clothes to the outside of my pack. That way I always have at least 1 spare set of shoe laces for my boots in case I break a shoe lace on the trail. I learned this from a hiker in CA many years ago after I had broken a shoe lace on the trail and was sitting on the side of the trail trying to tie the broken threads together to make enough lace to keep my boot on! Another hiker came along and took a spare that was tied on his pack and gave it to me. I've always carried spare laces since and I use them all the time!
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