It seems everybody wants to carry more, move from a 1/2 ton to 3/4, 3/4 to 1 ton, the high-end "expedition" campers are now on a Ford F550 chassis. That's the American way. Bigger is better, but what about the classic European expeditionary vehicles based on a Land Rover Defender where you have to think about what you carry. Every vehicle is a compromise, where are you going, how long will you be gone, what type of accomodations do you require? For me, I live in Colorado. I don't go on expeditions, but I want to go to remote places where it is hard for the crowd to get to. I stay in one place no longer than seven days. To accomplish this my vehicle will be smaller and will by necessity have to fit in my garage, max 7' tall. But at the same time I want to live inside the vehicle. (I have put away enough wet tents, and/or set up enough in the rain.) My vehicle will be a stretched Jeep YJ with a narrowed and custom fit FWC Granby. (Maybe a future thread.)
So I would like to ask the experienced adventurers; What do you carry that you never use? What add-ons are ineffective, but just add weight? What have you done to reduce the weight you are carrying into the boonies? What are you carrying that you absolutely would not leave behind even if it meant leaving something else at home? Thanks in advance for your insight.