preparing for a trip

Preparing yourself for a backpacking adventure

A backpacking adventure is an exciting time. Whether you’ve planned to travel some distant location on your own or if you’re planning to go with friends, a backpacking trip can be a lot of fun but it’s not the easiest type of holiday to go on. Whereas having a hotel and plans can make a vacation much easier to handle, the idea that you’ll be on your own in the wilderness can occasionally be stressful and potentially too much to handle. As a result, you need to be prepared for what backpacking can bring you.

Have some kind of plan

Look, backpacking is all about exploring and having a good time out in the wilderness, but it doesn’t mean you literally go into the open without a single clue of where you’re going. That’s a quick way to literally get lost and end up in someplace you rather not be. The last thing you want is to end up waltzing into dangerous territory or another country’s borders, so make sure you at least have some kind of plan prepared so that you can travel safely and actually have a bit of fun while you’re at it.

The best way to plan for a backpacking adventure is to actually just write it all down and discuss with your friends where you want to go. Plan hiking routes, decide if you’ll need transport at some stages and make sure you have plenty of extra time to make it back in time for your flight or else you’ll be stranded!

Be physically prepared

Don’t go on a backpacking trip without being physically prepared. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking and you’ll likely have a lot of gear on your back, and it can stress your body out more than you can imagine. As a result, it’s good to be physically prepared for your backpacking adventure and there are several ways to do this.

Firstly, you might want to go on a few hikes if possible to test how much endurance and stamina you have. If you can’t do this because of your location, then investing in something like a Proform Pro 2000 or similar treadmill could yield similar results. The idea is to practice as much as possible, much like preparing for a marathon, so that you don’t get tired mid-hike and give up. Remember that you’re likely not going to have an easy way out if you do end up collapsing and if you’re going alone, that could be extremely dangerous.

Learn what you can get by with

Lastly, make sure you learn what you can get by with. You’re not going to get far if you fit several week’s worth of clothes into your bag because it’s just going to get ridiculously heavy. Instead, why not focus on getting by with the least you can?

Avoid bringing laptops, stop thinking about carrying too many electronics, and learn to travel with less. Walk the path less traveled and embrace the idea of travelling with nothing but a pack on your back.

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