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Some Basic Tips About Backpacking

Some Basic Tips About Backpacking


Some Basic Tips About Backpacking

by Ric Henderson

Backpacking is something that has become much more popular over the last few years. You can go back decades ago when to when it was called trendy to go backpacking across Europe, but now it has become a more affordable vacationing option as the people are trying to find ways to still enjoy themselves without spending a fortune. If you are considering backpacking on an upcoming trip, here are a few things that you should know about backpacking before you set off on your journey.

While there are lots of things that need to go into your pack, some things are a little more important than others. The first of these are a map and compass. Make sure you get your hands on a map that is easy to read and provides great detail of the terrain you are going to cover. You will also need a compass for directional guidance. Dont skimp on the compass either because if you get turned in the wrong direction, it is the only thing that will get you home.

Injuries and cuts are going to happen and you need to make sure that you are ready to deal with them. You can get a decent first aid kit for travel at your local drugstore or outdoor shop. They will fit right into one of the side compartments of your pack and will have everything that you might need for a small emergency.

Extra clothing is something else to put in your pack. You are going to need this for three different purposes. If weather turns bad, you will need the extra layers. You will also be able to use it at night to create some extra warmth while you are sleeping. Finally, you never know what is going to happen on the trail and if you get covered in mud or something worse, you can at least get out of the wet clothing and put something fresh on while you clean and allow the other set to dry.

The sun can do some serious damage when you are constantly exposed to it so make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better off you will be. You may literally be exposed to the sun for 12 or more hours a day, make sure you are protected.

Food and water will obviously be packed, but when you think you have enough, put a little more in there. You can also put some energy bars and quick snacks that you can get a hold of quick when you start to run low on energy. If you really want to play it safe, get a water hydration system that you can wear so you always have water at the ready.

Fire is something people often forget and that you want to make sure that you are prepared to make. Do this with waterproof matches and firestarter. There is firestarter that you can purchase or you can make it up yourself out of things like balls of lint from your dryer. Keep all of these items in a sealed container to ensure that regardless of the weather or circumstances, they stay dry.

If you are an experienced backpacker, all of this is already common knowledge for you. If you are just learning about backpacking, we have hopefully shed some light on the activity and added to the safety and enjoyment of your next trip.

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