How to Plan for Your First Backpacking Trip

So you’ve decided to head out on a backpacking trip – that’s so exciting. It’s also a little bit overwhelming, isn’t it? It takes a lot of work to plan a backpacking trip that can get you from point A to point B in one piece. But with a little work and a bit of shopping, you can be well on your way to checking this item off your bucket list.

Here is a helpful checklist to get you ready for your first backpacking trip!

First things first, you need to plan your route. It is important to know where you’ll be going, how long you’ll be gone, the kind of weather you might encounter, how you will access water, and what type of terrain you may encounter. Once you know all of this information, you can start shopping for the kit you need to make your first overnight backpacking trip a reality.

You need to get a backpack. It’s worth investing in a good quality backpack that will evenly distribute the weight of whatever you are going to put into it. Ask for some advice when you go shopping – the gals and guys working at hiking and adventure stores know their stuff. Expect to pay upwards of $300 for a backpack that will get the job done.

In planning your route and discovering the type of terrain you’ll be encountering, you’ll need to ensure you have the right kind of shoes to make it through the environment. You’ll want to check out the climbing shoes at Climb Fit. You’ll also want to consider taking lightweight flip flops to let your feet breathe at the end of each day hiking, which helps to keep your feet dry.

The next thing you need to consider is the kind of clothing you are going to pack for your trip. You’ll want to invest in lightweight, breathable clothing that can be easily rinsed and hung to dry while you are sleeping. When you are hiking trails and wooded areas, you won’t care about your appearance. A lot of people want to buy adventure clothing that looks good, but you need to spend the money on light-weight clothing that will last, can be layered, and will keep your skin breathing for comfort.

Finally, you’ll need to think about how much food you are going to need to comfortably make the trek. It can be difficult to carry large amounts of food, so that’s why companies offer dehydrated food and calorie dense bars. Bars are easy to carry and can provide a lot of nutrition in a short period so you can keep hiking at your leisure. Do some research about the kinds of bars that are best for hikers – you’ll want high calorie, high protein, high fiber, to help you meet your daily caloric intake and stay fuller, longer. There are many options in dehydrated meals as well, so be sure to try a few to see which ones you like before you head out on your adventure. You don’t want to be eating gross food on the trail. Happy hiking!