Backpacking is actually as motivating as it sounds. You could fall asleep close to a noisy creek or sip a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. However, there quite a couple of things you should consider before going backpacking.
1. Ensure you are Fit before setting out
Ensure you are medically fit before embarking on backpacking. Most first timers actually complain of back and shoulder aches or boil on their feet. Ensure your body is in the appropriate shape for exploring the woods. Your backpack should be worn on short hikes to enable your body get used to hiking with additional weight. You can begin with a backpack that is not fully loaded and moderately increase the weight of your backpack and the distance. Put on your hiking socks and boots and get ready to hike.
2. Test Your Gear
Before engaging in backpacking, make sure you have adequate knowledge on how to develop your tent, how to make use of your water winnow and how to make use of your stove. List all the essentials you would need like a stove, sleeping mat, tent, water filter, etc. Don’t forget to put all your gears into your backpack. Ensure everything all you are taking along with you, fits into your pack.
3. Strategize your Backpacking Adventure
To have a productive backpacking adventure, make a little research, then invite a friend, backpacking is more adventurous and fun when you have a companion.
Choose an adventurous region that you are pretty much familiar with. Look for region’s local map and study the area, and calculate the miles. Also, consider the water sources in the area and be certain the area has a reliable source of water.
Also make sure there’s a means of transportation to assist you in getting back to your vehicle, in case your trip starts and ends at different routes. You can also have a base-camp for the period of your trip. Spend your days hiking, climbing, fishing and relaxing.
Once you have picked a destination, contact the district ranger in order to acquire information on regulations as well as permits. Weather changes should also be taken into considerations.
4. Smash the Trail
If you are in perfect shape and have analyzed your gear, backed your backpack, then you are definitely ready for your trip. Always keep exploration decorum and the environment abreast while in the woods.
Try not to camp close to someone, but endeavor to camp in existing campsites, because of noise in the environment. Most campers walk into the wilderness because they want to be secluded.
Your camp should be set 120ft away from rivers, streams and the like. Inhume your waste about 10 inches deep and far from freshwater sources.