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One of the biggest barriers to backpacking more? The cost of gear. People might think that you’ll only have to shell out for your big three pieces of gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), but it’s actually all the little trinkets that add up. The convenient pieces of gear, like freeze-dried meal coozies and clothesline pins, make backpacking more fun. Some manufacturers will hike  the price of these items just because they know backpackers and hikers will pay a premium for convenience or low base weight bragging rights.

But some backpackers want to ball on a budget. Luckily, you have some junk at home that works just as well as the specialized hiking gear you can find at the store. It’s as durable and only a fraction of the price. Here’s where you can start:

Plastic Tag Closures From Bread Bags

These nifty little closures (that also come with onion and potato bags from your local supermarket) are nearly weightless and take up barely any space in your pack. Use them to hold wet clothes on lines to dry or to keep stuffsacks closed.

Juice in small clear glass bottles
Throw one of these back, but don’t throw away the bottle quite yet. (Photo: Mohd Isham Ismail via Getty Images)

Wellness Shot Bottles

Those expensive little “wellness elixir” bottles of ginger, wheatgrass, and lemon cayenne juice aren’t such a bad deal when they can be reused as miniature spice and seasoning containers. Not one for wellness shots? There are other weightless containers you can use. Kinder Surprise Eggs come in small, sealable containers that will do the trick.

Bubble Mailer

If your luxury item is an iPad, you’ll have to protect it from any inevitable spills or dings with a case. Cases can be costly and bulky, however.

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