A Guide for Backpacking in the Wild

Becoming one with nature, listening to the song of the birds, getting closer to wildlife; backpacking is a great way to bond with your surroundings, far away from the city noise. The best thing is sleeping under the stars. In the following article, we will guide you through all the things you need to know when going backpacking, and how important it is to be well packed and prepared.

You’ve decided to go backpacking and there are endless miles ahead of you. A great journey that can equally be great if you are going by yourself or with friends. It will be an unforgettable experience, and once it’s over, you’ll want to do it all over again.

Grabbing the essentials

When going backpacking, you only need to get the essentials. It’s extremely recommended to pack very light. That means you should opt for a lightweight tent and sleeping bag as well as to choose compact and light backpacking sleeping pads. Forget the headphones, your laptop, and other electronics. It’s time for you to rest, and to put them in rest for some time. The most important things that you’ll need are easy to fit in your backpack.

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Start with the right clothing

You need shoes that will bring comfort to your feet and will make those long trails feel like walking on clouds. If you plan on backpacking on terrains that are rocky or high-grassed, you might want to opt for shoes that are made of rigid and semi-rigid materials. They should go up to your ankles at least, for some extra protection. Dress for the weather. Don’t overdress, if it’s too hot, but don’t underestimate the weather. Usually, in the big cities, the weather is a few degrees hotter than on hiking terrains. You also don’t want to underdress, because of mosquitoes and other bugs. The last thing you want is itchy bites all over you, while you’re trying to sleep.

Get the right backpack

The word for the activity says it all: Backpacking. And here is no successful backpacking trip without the proper backpack. You need to invest in one that can hold a certain amount of weight, it’s big enough to carry all of your stuff, and it doesn’t add extra pressure on your back. Try to look for one that has foam cushions on the back and shoulders. It will have a great impact on your backpacking experience. Inside the backpack, you can stuff all the things that you’re bringing with you. The tent and the sleeping pad can go secured on top of the backpack, or between your back and the backpack, depending on the space in between.

Things that are easily forgettable

  • A source of light- preferably a headlamp, since it will keep your hands free at all times. If you can’t find one, a regular flashlight will do the job.
  • A lighter- if you’re staying overnight, you might want to light up a campfire. It will light up the mood, and it’s great for marshmallows. A lighter is essential only if you want to make things easier for yourself. If not, you can always find great videos and sources on how to start a campfire without a lighter.
  • First aid kit- you never know what might happen in the wild. That is why bringing a basic pack of first aid kits with you is essential. Keep it low-risk at all times.
  • Trash bags- you shouldn’t leave a trace behind you. All of the rubbish goes into the trash bag and into the bin. Leave the place just like you’ve found it.

Plan ahead

Backpacking trips that are unplanned are riskier than the ones that are planned ahead. In the whole planning thing, there are few things to keep in mind:

  • Get to know whether the trail is marked and regularly visited.
  • What kind of terrain does it offer?
  • Is there a clean water source?
  • Bring enough food and water with you.
  • Test your limits beforehand.

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Practice, practice, practice

Practicing your backpacking skills beforehand is something really important when it comes to a few-day backpacking trip.  That way, you will know how much you are physically prepared, and you’ll have a higher chance of a successful hike. When it comes to practice, you can do it in your backyard for starters.

Find some informative videos on youtube, related to starting a campfire or setting a tent. Afterward, you can grab your gear and set it up in your backyard. Practice this till you’re satisfied with the results.

Test your stamina on hiking trails that are close by. Prepare your body for the miles ahead of it, by staying active and getting enough nutrients, because you’ll need all the energy you can get. Also, try to break into your backpacking boots, so that you avoid trouble with them on the very trip itself.

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