Backpacking trips are fun. You’ll never forget it for it can be a great experience if you follow the below suggests or your worst if you don’t. These are a few pointers you must keep in mind before venturing out.
- Pick a friend: We never suggest going solo. If this is your first time backpacking it is definitely not suggested. Bring a buddy along, preferably someone who has been backpacking before and is somewhat knowledgeable.
- Pick a location: Find a place somewhat close to home. Established trails are great for first timers. They are normally well maintained, marked and have established campgrounds. Limiting your stay to one night may be best. Just in case things don’t work out on your first time out on the trail you’re never too far out. As you gain more experience longer ventures will definitely occur.
- Plan ahead: Do your research and develop a trip which is suitable to your athletic abilities and skill set. Read up on camping guides. Talk with the rangers on site when you check in. Request advise about the area and current trail conditions or special restrictions. Find out if there have been any particular bear sightings which you should alert during your stay.
- Be Prepared: Depending on your current athletic abilities it is suggested you take a few day hikes before venturing out. Walk without your backpack. Walk with it fully packed to get used to the weight and feel of it as you walk. Wear your hiking boots as well to ensure they’re broken in. Don’t just buy a new pair of boots and not wear them in before the big event.
- Backpacking Gear: Make sure your gear is in good condition. You don’t want to find out it’s not reliable on the trail. Don’t just buy the cheapest thing out there. Backpacking gear is an investment. Buy quality rather than quantity. Camping with quality equipment will ensure you have more fun.
- Have fun: Remember to have fun. Isn’t that why you went backpacking in the first place?