You Know You’re Hiker Trash When You’re Off Trail And…

You poop and pee outside even when you have access to a toilet.

You forget to wear deodorant.

You wear the same clothes during the day without washing them for a week or more and only change into another set of clothes to sleep in of which you also have not washed in a week or more.

You no longer carry a purse but must at least have your daypack stocked with snacks and ready to go with gear when walking on anything that is not asphalt or concrete.

Your hiking boots or trail runners are your only foot attire besides your camp shoes and yes you still use your camp shoes.

Nothing is safe from your sticker collection.

Your furniture consists of lawn chairs, a foam mattress (or a blow-up mattress) and an ass pad.

You shower maybe once a week even when you have access to a shower.

You no longer brush your hair but pull it back with a buff or trucker hat.

Your feet always have calluses.

To air out laundry or dry your clothes you still use trekking poles or the nearest tree branch.

Your make-up becomes all crusty and old cause you feel the same about it as you do about hiking in cotton.

You have some type of “trail” tattoo.

You secretly still crave ramen bombs, pop-tart peanut butter sandwiches, mac & cheese mixed with a random assortment of chips and random meat products, snickers with peanut butter, hot chocolate with a snickers melted in it, cookies of any kind, donuts…

When you see trash on the street you do a double take to make sure it’s not trail magic.

You never worry about your car breaking down cause you know you’ll just throw out a thumb and hitch.

You forget to shave your legs and pits even when wearing shorts and a tank top.

You constantly make sure you have enough water for….

You find some reason why you still need to use baby wipes in your daily life.

You get confused when wearing pants or shorts that have snaps and zippers. (Where’s the elastic?!)

You get upset that someone doesn’t finish their food and immediately have thoughts about eating it even if you don’t know them.

You still sew things with dental floss.

You still use your headlamp every night.

You still use duck tape to patch up holes in your clothing.

You catch yourself still looking for a blaze or rock cairn.

Anything else you can add to the list? Please comment and share below!


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18 thoughts on “You Know You’re Hiker Trash When You’re Off Trail And…

  1. You eat backpacker meals for dinner…at home. I just had a Packit Gourmet soup for dinner tonight and my son was willing to bring me home Thai from the restaurant. “Nah, I’ll just eat this Poblano Corn Chowder.”


  2. Your bag and pad (or hammock) are ALWAYS more comfortable than being indoors and in a bed.
    Always planning for the next hike/escape from civilization.
    You have embraced your stink.
    You only wear two pairs of socks, and there is a high probability that they are both Darn Tough.
    You refuse to give up the shirt and shorts you wore for five months straight.
    You are never seen without a Buff because they are awesome.
    There’s always a backpack packed and ready to go in your home.
    When food is dropped you yell “five second rule” and eat it anyways.


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