Backpacking into the wilderness provides some kind of memorable experience. You may meet challenges along the way but being able to get there, stay there for days and nights and then be able to return to your normal abode back home is such a fulfilling experience. For the beginners in backpacking, getting ready by knowing all the basics will greatly spare you from trouble. Here’s the list of the basics that you shouldn’t forget about.
Carefully choose a place to go to
It has to be the perfect destination. But, how to determine whether it’s perfect or not would largely depend on your preferences. You have to choose the place that inspires you and one that matches your current skills. If you’re with several friends, it is best to go hiking in the Rawah Wilderness. The place is not crowded with tourists so you will have more chances of enjoying the site.
Consider the time of the year
Keep in mind that the time of the year is also another crucial factor to consider when planning for a backpacking adventure. Check the date and the weather. Look for resources on the internet to figure out what is the best time of the year to visit a certain place. Once you have this information you can now easily decide the number of days to spend there as well as the things that you will be putting in your backpack.
Check the local regulations
Different places have different local regulations. This is one fact that you cannot ignore because you “just want to have fun” in there. You have to adhere to what their local government states regarding camp firing or bringing of bear-proof canisters. You have to ask whether you need to obtain a permit to hike. Abiding by the local regulations will help ensure your safety as well.
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Take extra care of your feet
When backpacking, your feet will replace your four-wheeled car. So, it is best not to skimp on footwear. Wear the best shoes and the best socks. If you have to pay for that most expensive shoes only to be assured of comfort and safety, then go for it. Opt for the waterproof type and one that could withstand years of backpacking. Painful feet would surely ruin your supposed to be exciting adventure.
Check for the water source
This is so important, especially for beginners. You have to look at the map and check the proximity of the place to the water source. Is a lake or stream nearby? Do these easily dry up? Might as well ask the locals first to ensure you have enough water supply all throughout your backpacking days.
Bring enough food
Most backpackers find themselves getting satisfied with consuming only up to 2,750 calories every day. Remember that you cannot go on a binge eating activity there since you can’t just “go” anytime. Just eat only enough. What is important is to make sure you do not starve yourself.
Prepare for the night
Backpacking allows you to enjoy the scent of the pine trees or the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. But, all these would be useless when loneliness strikes at night. This is why it is best to go backpacking with friends especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Prepare a night time activity that you can do when sleep seems elusive. Don’t worry, it’s just a matter of getting used to it!
Whatever kind of experience you have from your first backpacking activity, always learn from it. Soon you’ll become an expert in backpacking and these challenges will soon be viewed as “perks” especially if you are already aware of what to do when faced with the same challenge. Enjoy!