If you are planning for a backpacking trip, you probably have a list of thoughts and/or concerns about what to include in your pack to make your journey as comfortable and pleasant as possible. This task might seem especially daunting if you are a novice backpacker and feel worried about leaving out an item or more of huge importance. When we don’t know what to expect, we often experience a heightened level of fear.
However, this discussion is to help you best prepare for these situations, whether it is your first backpacking journey, or umpteenth. We want to ease your concerns, point you in the right direction of the pros, as well as remind you of some items you might not be aware of, or possibly forgot about. Tackle your adventure with an open mind, with the assurance that you are well-prepared for an epic outdoor experience.
Make A List And Lay It Out
A good place to start would be to make a list of all the essentials you need in your pack. You can draw inspiration from online packing guides created by experienced backpackers like expertvagabond.com/backpacking-gear-checklist. That way, you can have a visual checkpoint to guide you in your shopping and preparing for the journey. Give yourself sufficient time for this process so that you do not have the stress of rushing around trying to get organized. Once you have all the items bought and ready, lay them out on an open surface like a large table or bed where you can see everything you’ve got, and revise if necessary. This way you can weigh your items and see if you have possibly packed too few or many pairs of socks or sachets of rehydration mix. During this process, you can pack food, valuables, and other items that cannot get wet into individualized plastic bags to protect you from rain and other elements. Imagine a wet sleeping bag. That would make for a miserable and chilly night.
It Is In The Name. A Backpack.
When embarking on a backpacking adventure, either long or short, you are going to need a vessel to store and carry all your goods. It is both obvious and essential to get a comfortable, appropriately-sized aviator backpack for your trip. This backpack will fit you in a way that encourages ergonomic support of your back. There would be comfortable waist support straps, and little weight sitting on your shoulders.
The size of your pack will be dependent on the length of your trip but the most important factor should be that the backpack fits you comfortably and is suitable for your body size and stature. Most packs come with a built-in rain cover which is important for the reasons listed above.
An essential item for your backpacking adventure is a sturdy pair of hiking boots. These boots need to have been trialed and tested on hiking terrain so that you (and your feet) feel comfortable in them, as well as minimize the risk of developing blisters on your backpacking journey. On that note, it is always a wise idea to include a few blister bandaids in your pack. These are completely lightweight and won’t take up space, but potentially make a major difference to your comfort levels if you happen to develop blisters on your trek. The same goes for a pair or two of good-quality hiking socks of a natural fiber that won’t allow your feet to become too sweaty. These should also be tested beforehand to ensure you don’t have a situation of them slipping down while you hike. Between 2 to 3 pairs are advisable, allowing you to wash and dry a pair each day.
Other Must-Haves And Nice-To-Haves
Other items that are essential for your trip would be a water bottle of sorts, a small gas cooker, a pot for cooking, a roll-up mattress, a sleeping bag, a small medical kit, food supplies, a knife, and a spoon, as well as the necessary clothing items. Depending on your route, your preference, and space, other items you might include would be a tent, pillow, raincoat, binoculars, camera, water purification tablets, map, body soap, clothing soap, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and a mug.
If you are preparing yourself for a backpacking adventure, here are some tips to help guide you in the packing process. It is always wise to look to the experts for help in this regard, as well as make sure you prepare well in advance so that you have time to get yourself ready and revise or add accordingly. We hope this helps you to feel as relaxed and ready for your journey as possible.