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How to Prepare for Your Backpacking Trip

If you’re craving a new adventure, then backpacking might be the activity for you. Backpacking can provide you with an activity where you can experience a new adventure in the great outdoors. If you love camping, then backpacking might be the next step. Before you go on your first trip, however, it is important that you know how to prepare. With the right supplies, you can be on your way to a fun and safe trip.

Here is what you need to do to prepare for your backpacking trip.

Choose a Destination

How do you choose a destination? Your destination depends on your skill and experience. If you are new to backpacking, then you need to keep this in mind. Of course, you can talk to other backpackers and get their advice on the best places to go backpacking. New backpackers should also consider a place close to home. The shorter the trip, the more time you are going to have to hike and the more likely you are to reach your camp in the daylight hours.

As a new backpacker, you want to choose a trail that is well-traveled. You are more likely to run into other hikers on this trail. If something happens or if you feel like you’re lost, others are more likely to come across you to help. You can always rely on someone to help you.

Find the Right Gear

Do you know the type of gear that you need for your backpacking trip? Your gear is going to depend heavily on your location and how long you plan to stay outdoors. First, you’re going to need a solid pair of shoes. You can choose a pair of hiking boots or white leather sneakers. As long as your shoes are comfortable, have good tread and are durable in the elements, you should be fine. In addition, you need hiking pants, shorts and other clothing items.

In addition to gear, remember to stay protected against UV rays and bugs. Bring along sunscreen, sunglasses and enough bug protection. A safe backpacking trip isn’t complete without a sturdy backpack, tent and a sleeping pad. In addition, don’t forget your emergency kit.

Make a Checklist

The last thing that you want to do on the day of a backpacking trip is to forget something. When you’re in the mountains, you can’t quickly get back home. Unlike other trips, you also can’t stop by the local store to get anything you forgot if you realize that you left something behind while hiking. It is up to you to remember everything that you need.

Your checklist should include your primary gear, your bug and sun protection, food and water, clothing, wildlife supplies, tools, navigation gear and other essentials. Of course, the amount of supplies that you bring can depend on the length of your backpacking trip. You always want to pack extra, however. If you only plan to stay a couple of nights in the wilderness, make sure that you have enough food and water to last you more than those couple nights. If something happens and you are stranded, you may need more food.

Also ensure that you have supplies to handle different types of weather. While you do not want to overpack, you do want to ensure that you have enough supplies. Sometimes, the weather can change suddenly. You need to be prepared to stay warm or to cool off, depending on the weather. You should always have extra layers, a raincoat, rain pants and a sleeping bag or quilt that can fend off against seasonal temperatures.

If you’re interested in backpacking, it’s crucial that you have all of the right gear. While backpacking can be a challenge, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. With adequate preparation, you can ensure that you have a good trip. When you’re unprepared, your backpacking trip is more likely to end prematurely or have too many obstacles to have fun.

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