Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Backpacking

More and more people are hitting the trails these days and seeing things the old fashioned way, backpacking. If you are new to the sport/hobby, there are some things that you will want to know about backpacking before you start up the trail. It all starts with making sure that you have your pack loaded up with all the essentials.

Making sure that your pack is filled with the right things is half the battle. There are necessities and then there are necessities. At the top of that list is a map of the area that you are traveling in and a compass. You can end up going the wrong way at any time. These two items will make sure that you get back to where you need to be.

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.

Sunglasses and sunscreen are more items that you want to make sure you have. If you are going to be on the trails all day, you need to protect both your eyes and skin regardless of what time of year it is. The sun doesnt care if it is summer or winter, it can still cause damage. Protect yourself and play it safe.

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.

If you are traveling in an area that will have frigid nights or plan on eating cooked food, you are going to need a way to start a fire. Waterproof matches and firestarter will need to find its way into your backpack. If you dont want to purchase firestarter, you can just as easily make your own. Keep them in containers so that they do not get wet and ensure that when you need those flames, you can produce them.

Learning about backpacking is more than just putting a pack on your shoulders and hitting the trails. There is as much to learn about what to take as there is on how to handle yourself on the trails. Take the time to really learn about backpacking and make sure that you trip is both enjoyable and safe.