New Year’s Resolution Idea List
Spend a night in the woods
If you enjoy car camping, you’ll love backpacking! Explore more with everything you need on your back. We break it down with what you really need so you can get out without carrying fifty pounds. You won’t even miss your frying pan!
A backpacking trip involves carrying all of your gear on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. Backpacking may involve camping inside a tent or inside a wooden shelter or hut along a trail.You may think it’s hard to take the plunge to become a backpacker, but with a little prep work and purchasing a few key items, you may find yourself hitting the trail quicker than you’d expect! Backpackers are rewarded with pristine wilderness, uncrowded trails, minimally impacted land and solitude.
The feeling of working together and traveling with everything you need to survive on your back is very freeing and addictive.
You may be boggled at how you can possibly carry everything you need to hike and camp in the woods for multiple days.
What Outdoor Gear Should I Bring?
Backpacking involves much of the same gear that campers and day hikers use, but in most cases, the items need to be more compact and lighter.
The most important items needed for a successful backpacking trip include a shelter, backpack, sleep system, cooking setup, and water filtration.
A sleep system will typically include a sleeping bag and an inflatable or ultralight foam pad. Research overnight temperatures for where you will be camping to choose the right temperature rating for your sleeping bag.
A backpacking stove is the easiest and safest way to cook your food on a overnight trip. You can cook your food in a pot and eat right out of it to eliminate needing to bring additional bowls.
Water Filter pretreatment. It is important to always treat your water before drinking it. You can use a lightweight filter or chemical treatment drops to make the water safe to drink. Even if the water looks clean, you should always treat it to avoid getting sick.
Things to Remember
Focus on paring down what you take with you to a minimum without sacrificing comfort. Remember that everyone’s needs and abilities are different so do what feels right for you. Start off by spending a night in the woods with your gear to see what works for you and what doesn’t. You will feel more prepared and become even more excited for a longer backpacking trip!
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