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How to: Use your rainponcho as a tarp

Multi-purpose is a great thing for ultralightweight backpacking. Using your rainponcho to cover yourself and your backpack during the day from rain, and using the same rainponcho to protect yourself from wind, fog, moist, rain etc. during the night saves a lot of weight.

Here I anchored it on a tree, but trekking poles or just a stick can be used as well. But the tree is the more steady option.

I have a guyline on each side to lift them up so air wont get trapped if the wind direction changes a little.

The rainponcho leaves plenty of space with this setup to keep your backpack and shoes dry too.

Here is the gear I used:


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Multipurpose: Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinagre

Ultralight Backpacking has more things to it than just getting light gear. One of them is finding stuff with more purposes. Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinagre is some of them. I choose to put them in 33 cl and 25 cl water bottles because they are smaller and more leakproof than their original containers.

Here is a list of some of the purposes these two things can have …

Apple Cider Vinagre:
– Washing and conditioning hair and beard
– Body wash
– Washing clothes (wool, have not tried cotton and synthetics)
– Cooking
– Lowering blood sugar before going to bed
– Removing odour from shoes and feet

Olive Oil:
– Cooking
– Skin moisturising and cleaning
– Hair and beard pre-wash conditioning
– Softens hard or cracked skin on your feet

…so depending on what you have in your backpack, you can make a calculation on how much you can save and how many grams you can save by using this af multipurpose products.