Backpacking is a great combination of hiking and camping that allows you to reflect and heal with the hidden wonders of nature. It allows you to recalibrate yourself and focus more on the things you need. However, your experience does not start once you set foot on your route, for it begins when you prepare for it. Here are five helpful tips for a successful backpacking trip:
Pick an easy backpacking destination.
There are many images online of beautiful destinations that have driven more and more people to travel to. It is important that you choose a destination with a sight that motivates you to keep going even when you are tired. One should also consult experienced backpackers if the trail you want to take is too difficult for beginners. You would not want your first hiking trip to be a miserable one, so try to choose a destination, which is not too hard to get to.
Prepare a list for your backpacking trip.
It is fairly easy to forget about necessities when you are too excited about an activity. Make sure you have a list of everything to be done or prepared, before heading to your destination. It would be a horrible experience to reach your campsite and realize that you have forgotten to bring something. Prepare your list a few days before your trip. And keep it accessible so that you can easily add to the list, in case you get reminded of something.
Get essentials – food, gear, and clothing.
Choose the right gear and clothing. Do not forget to bring enough easy-to-cook food for your trip as well. As a beginner, you should invest in durable gear that will keep you comfortable and help you make your backpacking trip a breezy experience. The clothing you wear and bring must also be lightweight and appropriate for your trip. Make sure to research first before buying hiking clothes. For your food, make sure to prepare enough meals for the duration of your trip. Your best option is freeze-dried backpacking food – just add boiling water and your food will be ready in a few minutes.
Buy a gear only if you need it.
Not all gears are appropriate for all trips. Do your research, or consult a friend with more experience, about purchasing gear for your trip. You would not want too much equipment weighing you down on your trip. Remember, every tool or gear you will need to survive is kept inside your backpack, and it cannot fit a lot.
Check the weather.
You would not be able to bring the right clothing if you have no idea what the climate is at your destination, so make sure to check the weather. Do not be afraid to postpone your backpacking trip, if the weather is not in your favor. It is unsafe to push through, especially if it is raining hard and the soil becomes too slippery and muddy. As the famous saying goes, “better be safe than sorry.”
Backpacking is not an easy hobby to get into, but a good starting trip will encourage you to keep going. Eventually you will find yourself backpacking every weekend after that. Preparation is one of the most important things to do before heading out on an adventure. After all, if you are well prepared for your trip, then you are already one step ahead of your dream destination.