I often bring along a plush (we used to call them stuffed) animal when I go hiking. A surprising number of other hikers and backpackers do this as well.
Why? Well it started as a prank that my wife would play on me when I was off backpacking for the weekend. She’s sneak a stuffed animal into my pack as a companion. After awhile, it became kind of a ritual. Different plush animals would come on different hikes and mountaineering trips, and now it’s a full blown tradition.
Those among you who are ultralight fanatics are probably aghast at this admission. But I know some other hard core hikers who bring along everything from plush bears to pigs with them when they go one backpacking trips.
Honestly, bringing along a plush animal can be a great comfort especially when you’re alone in the the middle of nowhere and it’s dark and pouring rain outside your tent. Plus knowing that you need to bring them home warm and dry, limits some of the risks you might otherwise take, if you were completely alone.
So fess up – how many of you studs actually bring along a stuffed friend on your hikes?