Some ideas are so obvious to me for backpacking at this point; I do not realize how the idea may seem like a novelty to others.
Some thoughts off the top of my head are:
- Sports drink bottles instead of Nalgene bottles
- Generic fleece beanies for $5 instead of the same one that has a name-brand logo on it for $20.
- A trash bag liner instead of an expensive, and largely ineffective, pack cover
…and so on.
And one of these items that seem so obvious but may not be to others is a simple Ziplock  bag for a wallet.
Seems silly to suggest this idea.
But when there is a market to sell $20 wallets for hiking…or even a $35 cuben fiber wonder, (!) something ain’t right.
Oh, the Ziplock bag is not stylish or trendy or will get you reward points at REI. And it will look positively atrocious at your CrossFit Paleo Yoga Class (TM).
A Ziplock bag will not organize business cards, or have a place for photos or store the keycard for your company’s weight room.
But it is fairly waterproof. And will hold your credit and debit cards. And keep your cash handy. Your driving license will be readily available, too.
The brew pub you visit after a long hike will welcome the cash held in your Ziplock bag…I assure you.
The Ziplock bag weighs a mere few grams. And a Ziplock bag is nearly free.
What? You need to organize all your wallet contents better?
You are going hiking. How much do you really need?
Going lightweight backpacking is not about the latest cuben fiber watchamahoosey.
It is about simplicity. Paring down what you need. Taking only the right items for the task at hand.
And a $35 cuben fiber wallet full of lots of crap ain’t it.
Take a Ziplock bag instead.
Even your CrossFit Paleo Yoga Class (TM). pals won’t mind.
. I realize Ziploc is the technical trademarked name. But Ziplock is the more popular colloquial name. Donut vs Doughnut. 😉