So, you are looking for an ideal backpack adventure? Here are few tips that may be useful in planning your next trip:
Hike More – Hike Slower
You do not have to hike 100 miles a day to have great fun! Early morning hikers will cover a lot more miles per day then hikers who start later during the day. Just try to find the solid, relaxed pace and enjoy in your expedition. If you wear a light pack, you will be able to cover more miles per day, therefore, pay special attention to this tip! You might also find that traveling new terrain and wild areas wearing just a small pack can also be very pleasing. Still, there are no hard rules when it comes to walking, so feel free to choose the best style that fits you. Make sure you pick accurate daily mileage goals, a mileage that is in line with concrete goals of your entire group.
Plan Your Route
Organize your route with an idea where you would like to spend a night and make a campfire, but always leave enough space for unexpected modifications on your way. Hiking from one track to another is a great way to avoid repeating your steps, but it can be a demanding task. For example, you may need several cars, taking transport from one way to another or even put your thumb out. Most often you will find that it is not so easy to stick to the original plan. On your route, you always must have an effective alternative.
Water and Other Natural Resources
The very vital part of your backpacking voyage is going to be knowing where you can locate consistent and safe water supply sources. It is fundamental to know where you can find natural resources, not just that; it is also important to know when you are going to travel long distances without water. If you are traveling in an arid area with insufficient water sources, a good idea is to contact a nearby ranger station. Do not forget to create a concrete food plan for the entire group, make a daily list and pay special attention that everyone’s needs are met. On your journeys, you will burn more calories, but there is no need to carry extra food with you. Always try to bring a minimum amount of lightweight, low-calorie food on your trail.
Check Your Gear – Twice!
This is one of the most important advice that you may get on your backpacking trip – always check your gear! There is no room for errors; you need to have reliable equipment. Make sure you have all tools that you may need on a journey at least few days in advance. Never carry untested equipment, test it before your journey. See if you can borrow some tested equipment, later on, you will be able to know precisely what you need and you will avoid spending a lot of money on pointless equipment.