The general concept of backpacking is simple; you hike for a while until its time to set up camp, pitch your tent, eat, sleep, and then repeat. However, there are a lot of life hacks that can help make your trip great. Consider this list of tips and tricks as a jumpstart to a successful outdoor trip.
Before setting out on your hike, take note of the 3-day weather forecast in your area. While no forecast is ever 100% correct, this info could give you a better idea of what to expect from Mother Nature, so you can plan accordingly. Remember: There’s not much you can do when Mother Nature calls. You can always reschedule your backpacking trip if the weather is bad, so there’s no need to risk it.
Anything can happen in nature, so before you leave, make sure you and your fellow hikers have the necessary supplies. In addition to food and It’s a great idea to have multiple copies of the map, not only for yourself but for other hikers that you might come across. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when exploring the great outdoors
When you set out on your hike, you will most likely encounter other hikers along the way. This is a great opportunity to get more information about the area, so take time to ask them about anything you may need to know about. You may be able to learn about where campsites are located, as well as water sources, trail conditions, trail junctions, and maybe even hidden spots and special interest areas.
Sometimes hiking becomes a full-contact sport and injuries occur. It’s best to keep a small medical kit, something that can be stored in a fanny pack. You can also store other necessities in this pack, such as a compass, multi-tool, a space blanket, lighter, food, etc. Pack extra clothing if you are hiking during fall or winter.
Duct tape is another item that may come in handy. Many serious hikers wrap extra duct tape around their trekking pole just in case
they get into a situation where they may need to repair a shoelace, a bag strap, or a fire bow.
Preparing for a hike can be a large task, and this list is not mean to be comprehensive. Hiking is much more enjoyable when you are properly prepared. Now, get your pack together and hit the trail!