Step 1: Sections
-sleeping and accommodation
-cooking and eating
-clothing and miscellaneous
we shall start off with sleeping and accommodation:
A lot of people when backpacking or travelling light still want to stick with the camping classic, the tent! However, although tents work, the can be very heavy and cumbersome; such as the one pictured... there are other, more efficient methods. My personal favourite is the hammock and tarp method which comes out much lighter as, not only is the actual shelter lighter, an insulation mat is very often un-necessary as can too be pictured below. Unfortunately, i do not currently posses a tarp as there were some unexpected circumstances causing my tarp to be located upon the fire. Aswell as actual accommodation, while backpacking you need a sleeping bag that packs relatively small, of which mine does reasonably well. The sleeping bag in question, if you are curious, is the vango NITESTAR 350 which is on the DofE approved kit list. However, despite me owning a reasonably decent sleeping bag, I do in future wish to purchase a RAB down sleeping bag which can pack down to the size of a rock climber's climbing boot.
(the tent pictured weighs a few kilograms yet my lightweight alternative weighs little over a kilogram including pegs.)