This Couples TikTok Hiking Hack Is A Cute Solution For Needing A Break From Walking

As long-distance hikes can be exhausting, you'll probably need a break every now and then. While stopping to take in the scenery or eat a snack can easily do the trick, you may be wondering if there's a more efficient way to rest your legs. Believe it or not, there is a way (thanks TikTok) to take a walking break while still keeping things moving. Keep in mind that this unique hack can only be executed with a partner.

Calling all couples! In 2021, TikTok user @ashleynocera shared an adorable video that shows how twosomes can help each other out during a strenuous hike. In the short clip, a young woman puts her legs through the straps of a backpack, pulling them up to her stomach. Then, a young man approaches the woman — who's standing on a picnic table — and puts his arms through the straps. This is done as she's secured to his back, so that he's carrying her and they're both carrying the backpack. At first glance, this streamlined piggyback ride might seem like a simple solution for managing long hikes as a pair. But if you and your partner plan on trying this hack, there are some important factors to consider before heading out on your hike.

How to lighten your load

This clever TikTok hack involves bearing some extra weight, so you'll want to think about lightening your backpack load. If your hike is several hours long, make sure your sustenance isn't adding unnecessary pounds. As far as food packaging goes, opt for zip-top bags instead of boxes. The weight of your water bottle can also make an impact. While the standard 32-ounce hard plastic reusable bottle is 6.2 ounces, an alternative, like the 34-ounce collapsible Platypus SoftBottle, weighs just 1.2 ounces. This difference may sound insignificant — but by the time you pack all your items, every bit counts.

If your trek is more extensive, this TikTok hack will likely be more challenging. But planning for a longer backpacking trip doesn't have to be too complicated, as there are plenty of simple ways you can reduce shelter and gear weight. One way to be economical is by packing an ultralight tent that uses Dyneema Composite Fabric, a lightweight yet strong material, per USA Today. Additionally, a down sleeping bag is recommended over a synthetic one, as the latter tends to be heavier.

Packing efficiently is key to having success with this couple's TikTok hiking hack. That said, navigating this loophole may be less tricky for some partners. In the comments section of the video, one user wrote, "I'm actually thinking about trying this with my kid when hiking." That's another way to lighten the load.