Top 10 Backpacking Tips


If you're one of the millions of Americans who enjoy backpacking, you know that it's a great way to get away from it all. But if you're not careful, you could find yourself in a situation that's anything but relaxing. Backpacking is a strenuous activity, and it can be dangerous if you don't take the proper precautions. In this article, we'll share some tips for staying safe while backpacking. We'll also give you some great ideas for places to go and things to see on your next trip.

So grab your backpack, put on your hiking boots and let's get started!­­­­­­­­

1. Know Your Limits

Backpacking is an activity that requires physical strength and endurance. If you're not in good shape or haven't done any hiking recently, you should start out with shorter trips before tackling longer excursions. If you have health problems or are carrying extra weight, then backpacking may not be the best activity for you.

2. Pack Light

You don't need to carry everything with you when backpacking -- there are plenty of places where you can buy food, clothing, and other supplies along the way. You should only pack what's necessary for your trip; don't bring anything that isn't absolutely necessary or that isn't lightweight enough to carry comfortably on the trail.

3. Be Prepared

You never know what might happen while backpacking -- storms can pop up quickly and unexpectedly while hiking along mountain trails or rivers can flood unexpectedly during a camping trip in the woods. Be sure to pack extra clothing and supplies in case of emergency situations like these so that they are easily accessible during an emergency situation.

4. Stay Hydrated

When hiking in hot weather, it's important to drink plenty of water -- at least one gallon (3.8 liters) per day. You should also drink plenty of water when camping in cold weather conditions because cold air makes your body lose water through evaporation from your skin.

5. Stay Safe

While hiking on trails, stay on marked paths so that other hikers won't accidentally step on your tent or trip over your gear at night. When camping out away from marked trails, make sure that all members of your group know where they're going so they don't get lost after dark.

6. Know What You're Getting Into

Before setting off on a long hike or camping trip, learn as much as possible about the area where you'll be traveling so that you can plan accordingly. For instance, if there's a chance of rain during your trip, then make sure that there are enough shelters along the way where everyone can seek shelter until the storm passes.

7. Stay Warm

If temperatures drop overnight while camping out in winter conditions, make sure everyone has warm sleeping bags and other gear before going to bed. If someone gets cold during the night while sleeping outside in winter conditions, have them sleep next to another person who is wearing extra clothing so they can share body heat.

8. Don't Get Lost

It's easy to get lost when traveling through unfamiliar territory -- especially if you're hiking through a forest or another area where there aren't any roads or trails. To avoid getting lost, make sure that everyone in your group knows how to use a compass and that you have a map of the area. If you do get lost, don't panic -- just stay calm and try to retrace your steps back to the last place where you know for sure that you were on the right path.

9. Know Your Medical Options Ahead of Time

If you're hiking in an unfamiliar area, it's important to know what kind of medical facilities are available nearby in case of an emergency [source: Backpacker]. If there are no medical facilities nearby, then be sure to pack extra supplies like bandages and antiseptic ointment so that they are easily accessible during an emergency situation.

10. Don't Get Bitten

If you're camping out in areas where there are poisonous spiders, be sure to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts so that these creatures can't bite through your clothing. It's also important not to leave any food lying around at night so that hungry animals won't come looking for food near your campsite.

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