Backpacking Trips for Beginners
Going on a backpacking trip is a great way to get back in touch with Mother Nature. If you want some time alone, away from that daily grind of work and routine then think about packing a bag, a tent and some essentials and escaping for a short time.
Wherever you are in the world, there are National Parks, forests, lakes and even camping parks that you can visit. Backpacking also means a lot of hiking and a lot of walking so make sure you are prepared for some serious activity. If you are thinking about venturing into the wilderness then think about taking a backpacking partner with you. Try teaming up with a friend who has some experience in backpacking trips. By going with someone else or even a group of people it can not only be a lot more fun than going solo but also it can help you build confidence until you build up some experience. Backpacking is a perfect way to have fun and to relax while on a budget. There is so many things to see and trails to walk that you will never have enough time.
How to Choose a Destination
Choosing a destination depends on a lot of factors. Take into account the weather and what you have at hand for your trip. Think about how long you want to spend on your trip and also how much hiking you feel you can sustain to. If you want relaxation as well as activity then think about planning a two-day trip where you can spend one day relaxing and one day exploring. If you have certain hobbies and interests such as bird-watching or flowers then look into places that include those interests. If you have pets and children then look at destinations that are safe and near to any amenities you might need. For those that are beginning then choose a park or a forest which is well known to backpackers and that easy trails for you to hike. It is important to stay safe when going backpacking whether you are a beginner or a professional.
Gear Up for Your Trip
When going on a backpacking trip you need to be prepared and have all the items that you need. Here are the essential items you need to have in case of emergencies and the basics for ‘survival’. Check out these storage bags for food which will come in handy!
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- First-aid supplies
- Food and Drink
Print out or write a checklist so that when you pack you don’t forget anything! If you don’t want to go all out on your first backpacking trip then you can invest in some home comforts like stoves, camp pillows and even blow up beds. Always think about packing light when you are gearing up. Remember, you will have to carry all those items everywhere you go so only take the essentials. Say yes to the camera but no to the extra pillow. Say yes to the sunscreen but no to the paperback!
Choosing Clothing and a Backpack
The most important part about backpacking is the backpack itself- choose a sturdy one like this. You should buy one which suits your height. Try getting expert help and go to a store that have specialists in store who can help measure the right one for you. There are even certain ways to pack your backpack so it doesn’t cause you any harm when carrying it. When thinking about clothing you need to have the bare essentials packed.
Choose comfortable underwear as a start and try investing in trousers that can be zipped off to make shorts saving you extra space. Hiking shoes or mid-cut boots is the right footwear to have because trainers and sandals won’t cut out when hiking over rocks and rough trails. Don’t buy cotton socks to wear as they can cause your feet to sweat, choose wool or special hiking socks. Make sure you have a hat to shield you from the sun and choose a light rain jacket for the windy afternoons.
Don’t pack any extras that you might not need. One spare set of clothes is enough in case you get wet or fall in a muddy ditch! Forget your dressing gown and your fur coat because backpacking is about being simple!
What To Do Before You Go
Before you set off on your exciting journey make sure you are well and truly prepared. Set up your tent in your back yard, make sure your headlight or torch works. Check your backpack for anything you might have forgotten and check the checklist again. Make sure you tell someone close where you are going in case you get lost or injured. Call ahead to find out about any issues in the area you are visiting and check the weather updates!
Remember to have fun because backpacking is about relaxing and enjoying the fresh air and the aroma of pine trees. Choosing to go on a backpacking trip will be the holiday of a lifetime and you will make memories that last for a lifetime. Make sure that you understand to respect your surroundings, clean up after you, don’t destroy the environment and know that the wilderness can sometimes be a dangerous place. Soak in the views, breathe in the fresh air and escape into a whole, new magical world.