If anyone is hungry for adventure then there’s no better thing than a wilderness/backpacking trip!
Seriously, nothing beats the adventure and fun one can get from this trip alone! For adventure seekers, it’s undoubtedly the best option to shoot for.
However, a backpacking trip is a bit different than other types of camping especially if you are to go on it alone. There are literally tons of things that you will need to take care of to ensure that you face as fewer problems as possible.
Tips For A Backpacking Trip
In order to enjoy your backpacking trip alone or with some company there are a few easy tips that you can follow.
This is a bunch of basic stuff but is quite important to adhere to and I ensure you that if you head out for a backpacking trip by following these tips then you will surely make much more out of your trip.
#1. Camping Gear
As I mentioned above that there’s a lot of difference between a normal camping trip and a wilderness trip. Camping gear is the place where most of the difference resides.
In a normal camping trip, you pack out those things which can prove out to be beneficial to you in the trip without bothering much about space.
However, in a backpacking trip you need to do the same but by keeping the space in mind. It sounds easy now but is very hard to follow in actual.
Campers usually stay in a lot of confusion and have a hard time in deciding as to what they should take and what they should leave. If you aren’t on a tight budget then you can hit your local store and luckily you will find tons of advanced technology level stuff.
Most of these are all in one device and are really ideal for a backpacking trip. But if you are on a tight budget and want to plan out a cheap backpacking trip then you will need to do a lot of research.
Here are a few things to get you started:
- Instead of normal gear opt for ultralight and super spacious backpacks, tents, and other related gear.
- Be aware of your location. Obviously, you can’t expect to have cheap bills if you are going on an expensive location.
- Find people to share your bills up. For instance, if you are to go somewhere then always look out for a partner to share a cab.
- Save money from small things and spend it on only what seems to be most important.
- If you are out on backpacking at a popular place then chances are that you will find other backpackers also. Now, it’s understandable that you may want to backpack alone but if you want to do it on a tight budget then a wise decision would be to tag along with a partner.
#2. Get Your Body In Shape
A wilderness trip demands a lot from your body. It’s an adventure trip and adventure trip means a lot of hustle from you side along the way.
Moreover, most of the hustle here is physical rather than psychological.
Therefore, you need to ensure that your body has enough strength, stamina, and vitality for fulfilling all such needs. Hitting to your nearest gym about a month or a couple of months before going on a backpacking trip would be just ideal.
If you are doing gym on a regular basis then that’s even better. But if you can’t go to the gym for some reason then you should try out some alternates such as aerobics or swimming etc. to get your body in shape.
#3. Follow Your Heart & Instincts
Most people head out on a camping trip especially on a backpacking trip to get a relief from their boring and stressful regular routines and lives.
Camping trips tend to provide an immense joy and a feeling of adventure which is hard to obtain from other activities and no matter what anyone says, there’s nothing as good as camping!
Therefore, at such a trip it’s only wise to follow your heart and your instincts. Do stay logical but it’s okay to go on the other side once in a while. If you discover a crazy thing to do then don’t think much and do as your heart says. If it says yes then it is a yes and if it says otherwise then it is a no-no! But if it is a yes then do not hesitate at all.
Does that make any sense?
#4. Safety Is The Number One Priority
A wilderness trip is fun and enjoyable as long as you are doing it within the safe limits. Many backpackers take a lot of risks and believe that a wilderness trip is all about risk camping but in reality, it isn’t. And it’s being foolish to think in this way.
A wilderness trip is much more than a risky camping and real backpackers are well aware of this fact. There is seriously no point in doing such things which involve risking your life and even if you believe that it is worth it then make sure you do your best to cover every possible negative contingency.
It is highly recommended to keep a good quality first aid kit with yourself at all times. Furthermore, taking up wilderness training does help a lot if you are planning out a trip that involves a lot of risk-taking activities.
Always remember, don’t go on the pump (coming within or via your company) if you already know that it’s being next to suicidal. It’s better to live today than to be sorry tomorrow.