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Make Your Own Pack Cover

Make Your Own Pack Cover

Do you need a rain cover for your pack but wonder why manufacturers charge some $30 for piece of nylon? Consider making your own pack cover with this easy instruction! It is very rewarding to make your own backpacking gear and you can customize it to the exact size that you want. Here is what you need: Sewing machine Thread Pencil Lighter Parachord (or some other durable chord) – 8-10 feet Plastic cord lock (see photo) Ripstop nylon fabric –…

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Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

As a couple that backpacks together, we wanted to combine our sleeping pads into one so that we could sleep next each other – not only for being the close couple that we are but also for the added benefit of mutual body heat. For anyone that has attempted connecting two sleeping bags, you know of the dreaded gap between the sleeping pads and night-long pad shifting. We also wondered, do we really need to bring two sleeping bags with…

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