The most important thing that you need to think about when going on a backpacking adventure is to be prepared for anything. As the saying goes, if it can happen, it will. These tips will help you avoid mishaps and get the most out of your backpacking trip.
How important it is to stay hydrated, no matter what type of backpacking trip you take, cannot be overstated. The best way to do this is of course to drink copious amounts of water. You of course don’t want to drink it all at the same time, but spread it out throughout the day. Making sure there is plenty of purified drinking water available for you and your entire group will lead to many happy campers.
It is important to note that no matter what type of weather or temperatures you find yourself in on the trip, you will need to be hydrated. It might not be so obvious that you lose fluids during your trip in cold weather, but it does happen nonetheless.
Dress for the occasion
One of the most important items of clothing for a hiker is their sleeping bag. This is the item that most don’t think of as clothing, but it is basically the clothes you sleep in. Make sure it has the proper weather ratings you will encounter during your trip.
Make sure you dress in layers so you can put on and take off clothes to adjust body temperature if needed. Use your clothes as a thermostat regulator to prevent overheating and overexposure during travel. Sun poisoning, heat stroke and hypothermia are all things to avoid.
Of course, you will also want to take care of your feet during your expedition. Be sure to wear hiking shoes or boots that will give you the necessary support to avoid twisted and sprained ankles. Remember to wear proper socks and socks to prevent blisters and rubbing the feet.
Having a proper first aid kit is one of the most essential items you will need to continue your trip. Make sure you have the bare essentials in the kit of course, such as an ace bandage, bandages, anti-scalding cream, and all other minimal items. Also, keep items to help with rehydration if someone is dehydrated, such as a powdered electrolyte drink mix.
Make sure you keep things on hand and are prepared for any type of danger you encounter like a snake bite kit or emergency ice packs.
When you go on a trip, food is always a good thing. Keeping it away from animals and safe for you are the two most important things to consider when going on a trip. Perishable items are never a good idea on a backpacking trip. This is due to the inability to keep them at the optimum temperature to preserve the quality of the food.
When preparing food while traveling, be sure to follow directions and use proper sanitation to limit the possibility of illness from poor preparation or poor cleanliness. The last thing anyone wants is to be sick because someone hasn’t cleaned the dishes well. Wash, rinse and sanitize to ensure the safest practices. This also applies to dishes and people.
Know the best food storage practices for the camp or area you are in. This could be hanging your food in a tree to avoid bears or using the lock boxes provided. Either way, you want to ensure your safety and the safety of the animals by preventing food from falling into the wrong hands.
Know the trek
Familiarize yourself with your destination. Know what type of terrain you will encounter as well as the environment in which you will be. These factors will go a long way in deciding what clothing, food, and time to travel. These will also put you in better shape when it comes to being safe for your trip.
As always, be prepared for anything and have a good idea of what you are going to encounter before you go.