Going backpacking can be an adventure on its own. You have the opportunity to get outdoors, exercise, and spot wildlife while you're at it. However, sometimes backpacking can be a little tedious. This is particularly true if you're traveling through a part of the trail you don't care for, or you're just getting bored and wondering when you'll come to your next resting place. No matter what your reasons are, sometimes backpacking needs a good measure of fun thrown in. Check out these ideas for staying entertained while on your next outing, if you find yourself needing a fun pick-me-up.
Plan A Picnic At Certain Points
When planning out where you'll be hiking on the trail, make a point to give yourself a break you can look forward to, and plan for a picnic at certain points. You'll likely be tired and hungry from hiking so much, so try to find an area that has the qualities you're looking for in a picnic spot. Maybe there are benches and tables you can sit at, or perhaps there is a spot on your trail that is a large, grassy area, giving you the chance to check out the scenery. A picnic can be a reward for the hard work you've put yourself through while backpacking, and making a point to break at a specific spot can help you appreciate where you are hiking all the more.
Take Time To Play A Game
This can be whatever type of game you would enjoy playing while on your hike. Maybe you want to play a game of I-Spy with nature, and see how many times you run across deer, cardinals, or other types of animals while on your journey. Or maybe you've packed some sports equipment and you are looking forward to taking a break and playing a game. Popular choices are baseball with a Rawlings glove or frisbee in a wide-open field. Whatever your preferred method of fun, having something you're looking forward to, or playing a nature scavenger hunt can be good choices as you go about your journey. Playing games on a backpacking trip can help you get in touch with your inner child and feel young again, and they're especially useful if you're by yourself and don't want to end up bored.
Make Time For Pictures
This is up to you, depending on how you like to take pictures and what you're looking to capture images of. You can use a fancy camera or just your smartphone. You can choose to photograph things you never normally see, such as mountains if you live in an area that is flat, or different birds or plants you'd never otherwise run into. Or you can document anything you find interesting along the way, such as baby deer, animal pellets from an owl, or trail signs left behind by other hikers. Capturing pictures of your journey is something you can look back on in the future and share with others. It can even help you decide if you'd like to go backpacking on this particular trail again.
Keeping yourself entertained while backpacking is helpful to pass the time and make your journey feel even more fun. Think about having a picnic at certain points as a form of rest and reward for your time on the trail. Or perhaps you'd like to play a game. You can bring a few pieces of sports equipment with you, like a frisbee, or try to keep track of how many times you spot a specific plant or animal in the wilderness. Finally, take time out of your day and record your journey with pictures. You might come across things you want to share with others later on, and taking pictures now can help you decide if you'd like to hike this trail again at some point. Above all, even when backpacking gets hard, make sure you're remembering why you went in the first place and having fun along the way.
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