If you’re looking for more adventure in your life, then it’s time to replace your Backpack handbags with proper gear and start backpacking! It can be a very rewarding hobby with plenty of opportunity for personal growth, new knowledge, skills, and lasting friendships. Before you rummage through crossbody bags or throw away those expensive handbags, take note of a few tips to help you get started.
Backpacking isn’t for everyone. There are really some personalities who won’t get along with the outdoors – and that’s alright. Try going for a trip or two with a seasoned backpacker friend who will share good advice. This will be a sort of test to see if you would like to continue on with the journey, too.
Be realistic. Backpacking entails new gear at the beginning; and plenty more if you do decide to make it into a hobby. High quality gear will be costly, but would make the trip much easier compared to having problems along the way because of early damage.
It all starts here – unless you’re a veteran or hardcore backpacker (who dreams of carrying only two items in their person), backpacks will be your next bestfriend while on the trail. Keep these simple points in mind while bag-shopping:
- Backpacking Principle Number One: lighter is better. Choose packs that are made of lightweight but sturdy materials. Leather backpacks are not advisable.
- Trekking for days would require internal frame backpacks. Depending on personal preference, external frame bags could also be used.
- Carefully examine hip and chest straps. These are necessary for comfort and balance when carrying 20-30 lbs loads.
- Check for special compartments like outside pockets for water bottles, or a separate section for sleeping bags.
Make sure to carry the bag around the store prior to purchasing it. This would let you get a feel if the bag is right for you and your body.
What to Pack
- Sleeping Bag: Camping for days under the stars won’t be fun if it’s cold or wet outside. Make the experience more comfy and choose an excellent sleeping bag.
- Tent: Keep yourself protected from rain, insects, and woodland creatures that might keep you awake at night. A good night’s rest is important for a happy camper.
- Water filtration: A lightweight one can make all the difference. Just be sure to get water from running streams or rivers; not in stagnant pools or ponds.
- Water Bottle: Decide how big you want it to be. A larger one won’t need to be refilled many times throughout the day, but a smaller one might just as suffice.
- Knife: A simple knife should be in every backpacker’s arsenal. A utility tool works just as well, but the blades might not be as sharp.
- Source of Fire: Whether it’s matches, a lighter, flint, or dry sticks – fire is crucial for survival.
Other basics you might want to include are waterproof boots, magnetic compass, a first aid kit, and toiletries. Pack a change of clothes and some food too and you’re all set!