Tips On Packing For Your Backpacking Trip
Backpacking is one of the most popular recreational outdoor activities that many people from all ages and genders enjoy doing every day. There are a lot of benefits that backpacking
can bring to you such as it helps you to have opportunity to go into the nature and stay away from your laptops and smart phones. It also helps you to keep fit, relax and learn essential life skills. You also have a lot of good chances to be with people you like.
In case you decide to go backpacking for the first time
, there are a lot of things that you need to prepare such as proper clothing and footwear. In addition, you need to pack essential items into a backpack.
In fact, one of the most crucial steps in preparing for your backpacking trip is know how to pack well. The key thing you need to remember here is bringing everything that you need without over packing.
If you are still overwhelmed with this task, read on to learn more knowledge about packing for your first backpacking trip.
Here are all of the things that you need to do in order to pack well for your backpacking trip:
Create A List
Before you start packing, create a list of what you will possibly need on your backpacking trip. First of all, you should write down everything that you think of for your backpacking trip. Imagine you are going for the backpacking trip all ready and think about how it is going to happen to see what you will need.
After writing down every possible thing that you might need for your backpacking trip, categorize these items into the list of essential items and the list of not so essential items.
For example, things like foods and water are the most important stuff that you need to pack into your backpack. In case you spend overnight outside, you need to pack tent and sleeping bag as well.
The things on the list of the not so essential items might include your family board games. You can bring it so that you family can have fun time together. However, you will be just fine leaving it at home since there are many other fun activities for your family to do in the nature, not to mention that bringing your normal game to the backpacking trip might make your kids lose interest as they are keener on exploring new things.
You can also leave your maps and compass behind if the area you are going to backpack to have good mobile phone reception. In this case, your phone will be your best guide to find location and save you some space inside your backpack.
There are some items which you can use for various purposes so you don’t need to bring a lot of different items for different uses. For example, a rain coat would be a great way to protect you from the rain while it can keep you warm. At night you can use it as a blanket or a pillow.
It is also very important that you keep the note with you all the time so you can check to not forget anything before you go backpacking and before you leave the site you camp on
Since you are going to carry your backpack on your back for most of your trip, it is very crucial for you to carry a lightweight backpack so that you don’t feel tired and uncomfortable. Carrying lightweight also prevent you from getting back, hip and knee pain after you come back from the backpacking trip.
There are many things you could do to reduce the weight of your backpack. First of all, only bring necessary items. You can follow the list I mention above for how to pick up the most important items for your backpacking trip.
Secondly, choosing lightweight material for your belongings would help to reduce the weight you have to carry. Some items such as your clothes, sleeping bag and tent can have options of heavy and light weight. If you cannot carry a heavy weight for a long time, it is a good idea to go for lightweight material.
In addition, in case you bring a flashlight, it is better if you can bring some set of batteries rather than a huge heavy duty flashlight. All of the batteries combined will never account to the weight of the heavy duty flashlight, which is the reason why they are better options.
The foods you bring for your backpacking trip are also very important factor you need to consider for light packing. Avoid foods which contain a lot of water and bring food with high calories and proteins. Another tip is that you should not bring all of the foods in their original packaging. You should take them out and store them into separate zip lock bags instead.
Moreover, in case there are a lot of stops during your backpacking
trial, you can bring a small amount of water. On the other hand, you need to bring at least 7 liters of water in case you backpack in a dry hot day with a few camp stops in the area.
Finally, when you have all of the items ready and a suitable backpack, it is the time you pack all of the items into it.
You need to pack heavy and hard items such as camp stove, tent, water and food on the bottom of your backpack. Other more fragile and less durable items such as sleeping mat, clothes and rain coat need to be packed on the top of your backpack.
Other items that you would need frequently during your backpacking trip such as map, phones and flashlight need to be stored at the compartments where you can have the easiest access to.
You can pack your clothes into a separate bag before putting it into the backpack. It would help to prevent your clothes from being damaged by other items and provide extra protection against the rain for all of your clothes.
I hope this article would be able to provide you a clearer idea of what you need to pack and how to pack well for your backpacking trip. Knowing how to do so properly will help you to enjoy your trip and better handle all of the situations that might happen in the future once you have all of the necessary items in your backpack.