How can a trash bag be considered an essential hiking and backpacking item?
If you like to camp and backpack, then you may already know how great they are. Any seasoned backpacker or hiker knows that the key to an enjoyable hiking experience is staying dry. We know about wicking apparel, Gortex, rain gear, pack covers…but what is the ultimate item? Simple trash compactor bags. Yes, unlike regular trash bags, which are pretty good for at home use, on the trail trash compactor bags are a far superior choice.
Why? Because trash compactor bags are thicker than regular trash bags, so are far less like to tear or rip. If you have a down sleeping bag that you want to ensure will be dry, put your sleeping bag in a compression sack, then wrap it in a trash compactor bag. When a downpour starts or you get caught in snow, you’ll be glad you had the super thick trash compactor bag protecting your gear.
Plus, because trash compactor bags are thicker than regular bags, when you pack away your food and human waste, compactor bags are less likely to leak and emit odors.
These Hefty Trash Compactor Bags are extremely durable, and can be re-used many times.