Tips for Backpacking Beginners
There's still time to plan a backpacking trip while the weather is warm. Even if you've never backpacked before, these tips will help you stay safe and have a great time.
Choose the right backpacking pack
To ensure a pleasant, pain-free adventure, you'll need a well-fitted backpack to carry your food and gear. There are many things to consider when choosing a pack, including volume, size, ventilation, access points and add-ons.
While some people swear by certain brands, pack preferences depend on body size and other individual requirements. Read up on how to choose the right backpack for your unique needs so that you can have a comfortable trip.
Avoid common beginner backpacking mistakes
While it isn't rocket science, backpacking does require some thoughtful planning. It's very common for beginners to make mistakes that can put them in danger or make their trip unpleasant.
From forgetting to bring sunscreen to failing to check the weather, there are certain backpacking mistakes every beginner makes. Familiarize yourself with these common pitfalls so that you can avoid them before your first trip.
Get in shape for longer hikes
When you're first starting out, it's essential to make sure you are physically ready for a backpacking adventure. In the weeks leading up to your outing, start with short, easy hikes until you get used to carrying a heavy backpack.
It's also important to choose a relatively easy route for your first trip. If you bite off more than you can chew, you may find yourself exhausted within minutes of hitting the trail.
Choose the right trails
There are so many gorgeous backpacking trails, and it can be hard to settle on just one.
Websites like Komoot and AllTrails can help narrow down the local areas you want to explore. Be sure to pay attention to difficulty ratings and local regulations on where you can camp and whether fires are allowed.
Pack lightweight fuel for your backpacking trip
Since backpacking takes a lot of energy, you'll need to bring plenty of food. While you're out on the trail, dehydrated foods will keep your pack light and leave room for other essential items.
When you're out in the wilderness, it's nice to have hearty comfort food that's delicious and nourishing. Backpacker's Pantry provides a diverse assortment of gourmet freeze-dried meals that provide lots of healthy calories without sacrificing taste.
Respect the land
If you're new to backpacking, you may not have heard the phrase "leave no trace." This simple term merely refers to enjoying the outdoors without making an impact on the environment.
Familiarize yourself with leave-no-trace concepts, so you can learn how to appreciate nature without negatively affecting the landscape and wildlife.
Stay safe while backpacking
Since you will be miles from civilization, prioritize safety while you're out on the trail:
Know how to create a first-aid kit
- Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen to avoid painful burns
- Always tell someone where you are going and when they can expect you back
Research wildlife safety tips
Take extra safety precautions if you plan to backpack alone
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