Guide On Preparing For Your Backpacking Trip Into The Wilderness
Backpacking into the wild is a very fun, enjoyable and also very adventurous. You can learn a lot after you go back from a backpacking trip to the woods.
Although it might be fun and enjoyable, it also contains a lot of difficulties and dangers which then would cause significant impact on your body, you mind and your health.
That is the reason why you need to plan carefully and prepare thoroughly before your first backpacking trip to the nature. If you are able to do so, you would be able to ensure your safety and wellbeing while enjoying yourself with the freshness and fun.
Here are what you need to prepare and do before you backpack into the wild:
1. Lean About Basic Backpacking Skills
There are many important skills that you need to learn such as how to use first aid kit, which you can learn by taking part in a class.
You also need to learn how to pack up and set up a tent, start a fire and use the compass. You can learn these things by reading instructions and manual books along with watching demonstration clips on YouTube and asking for help from the experts.
You can consider joining a class about skills and tips to survive in the wild, which will help you gain proper knowledge and information to handle different situations in the wild better. By joining these classes, you would also have a good chance to meet new friends who share the same habit as you.
2. Apply For Backpacking Permits
Although it is not so common, there are some backpacking trails which you will need permits to enter and walk through.
In addition, you might need fishing license to fish some certain kind of fish.
So make sure you research about your destination where you are going to go backpacking and check whether you might need a backpacking permits and license or not and apply for them a long time before you start your journey.
3. Learn About Your Destination
Besides checking whether you would need a permit to enter your destination, you also need to check the weather and the type of terrain of the place you are going to go backpack in.
Checking them would then allow you to know what clothes to wear and what backpacking boots to have.
You should also learn about the difficulties and dangers you might encounter in that area. You can consult a tour guide in that area or check for reviews about what you might encounter from other backpackers who have been through the same trail.
4. Tell Someone About Your Trip
Before you set out to the wilderness, you need to tell someone in your family or your friends about your itinerary as well as the time you intend to go back home. So that in case something bad happens, people might know where to search for you in a shorter amount of time.
5. Go With Someone Who Has Experience
If this is the first time you go backpacking, it is very important that you pick up one or some trusted traveling
companions who have a lot of experience and would know what to handle a situation better. They can also teach you how to survive in the wilderness and ensure your safety as well.
It is also very important that you can find someone who has the same physical fitness as you so that you don’t see yourself falling far back behind or want to take a rest more often than they do.
Another thing to take into consideration is finding someone who shares the same interest as you. This would make the trip into the wilderness much more enjoyable now you guys have something in common to share. You can talk about plants and flora, spot birds or take wildlife pictures together.
Don’t go with someone who seems to be so dependent on you in case you are not so confident about yourself and your skills for this backpacking trip.
6. Pack Your Backpack Wisely
One of the most common mistakes many backpackers
have ever made is that they pack a lot of things, some of which are unnecessary, not to mention that they are really heavy.
Carrying a lot of stuff behind your back will cause pressure onto your back, causing back and hip pain and then make you feel really so uncomfortable that you cannot enjoy the backpacking trip as much as you can.
The key thing here is making a list of what you cannot live without and leave the things that you are now sure about at home.
In addition, you can choose lightweight items with lightweight material and portable designs to pack into the backpack.
And finally, how you pack your belongings is also important. You need to put heavy items on the bottom and lightweight item on the top of the backpack. Essential key items such as maps, compass and flashlight need to be stored in the place which is easily accessible all the time.
7. Dress Properly
There are 2 categories which you need to pay attention here namely clothing and footwear.
You should dress the clothes according to the weather. Remember to bring a rain coat in case it is going to rain.
In term of footwear, you need to pick the right pair of backpacking boots
, which supports you and make you feel warm while not keeping all of your sweat inside.
In case you buy your first pair of backpacking shoes, it is important that you try on all of the shoes that you like in order to pick up the pair that you like the most and feel the most comfortable in it.
A pair of backpacking boots with the right size will be slightly tight at first. However, you need to break in your boots at least 1 week in advance to feel more comfortable in the real backpacking trip.
Backpacking into the wild should be fun and enjoyable. I am sure that the time you spend on backpacking into the wilderness is one of the your most unforgettable memories. By careful planning and preparation, you will learn a lot of things, meet new friends and enjoy the nature, making the most from what backpacking could offer you.