Last Updated on February 13, 2021 by Dani
Nothing compares to outdoor adventures that give you a much-needed break from your busy life and allow you to slow down and destress by immersing yourself in nature. Backpacking is one of the best outdoor activities to unwind and reconnect with your inner self. Try combining hiking and camping together for a more exhilarating adventure.
While being miles away from the bustling city gives you a sense of serenity, it also means you won’t have access to the modern comforts you are used to, so you have to make sure you are set with everything you might need during your journey. Here are some useful backpacking tips and tricks from the pros that can make your trekking easier.
While you’re preparing for your backpacking trip, your main goal should be packing as little weight as possible. Try to minimize weight in any way you can, whether by replacing your plastic water bottle with a softer one or not packing both your coffee mug and stainless steel cup. A major area you can reduce weight in is your essentials; the tent, sleeping bag, and the pack itself. Investing in buying these things in a lightweight material will go a long way in reducing weight and will set you up for all future backpacking trips.
Pack Multi-Use Items
This is where you can get creative with your packing. By finding things you can multi-use instead of packing individual items for each function. Some clever hacks we’ll let you in on is packing a cooking pot that you can also use as a bowl, pants that turn into shorts, a bandana to wear but also to use as a coffee filter, and a sack that can serve as a pillow once you stuff in your jacket. Those are just some of the things you can pack that are suitable for multi-use. You can get even more creative with it depending on your destination and personal needs.
Oftentimes, people pack too many things for their backpacking trips that they never use and just end up dragging them around. After packing, the outdoor enthusiasts over at optoutdoor.com recommend making a list of the essentials that you can’t do without, then lose everything else you’ve packed. However, in your efforts to pack lightly, don’t dispose of things like your first-aid kit or other necessities; we’re talking more about unnecessary clothes or such. If you’re going on a backpacking trip with a friend or family member, it would be wise to share certain items to make the most out of the space you have.
Food and Water
Skip the Stove
Many backpackers consider the portable stove an essential in their list to help them cook their food, but the truth is, it’s totally dispensable. Instead of carrying around a miniature kitchen in your backpack, go for food choices that are not so bad when eaten cold. Things like nuts, packed sandwiches, summer sausage, or hard cheese are all pretty good cold, especially if your trip is during the summer, the food won’t be freezing or anything. If this option doesn’t appeal to you, you can always get crafty and make your own alcohol stove in a minimalist style by simply turning a soda can into your new stove. In this way, you get to cook your food outdoors without any trouble.
Get a Portable Water Filtration System
Packing heaps of water to carry around during your trip is one of the worst things you could do to your poor back. A better alternative is to carefully study the trail to find out where you can find water and pack accordingly. Just make sure to pack it between two slim bottles on each side to distribute the weight. An even better alternative is to get yourself a water filter that can make any water source drinkable. There are many types and shapes to choose from, but you should, of course, try to go with the smallest, lightest one, yet still efficient.
When it comes to food during a backpacking trip, it’s important you choose foods that are high in protein to give you the energy you need. Anything you eat will taste good after long periods of backpacking, but to maximize on whatever meals you bring, pack a mini spice kit with all your favorite spices poured into tiny resealable bags and stuffed in something like a pill bottle. Another secret many don’t know is that you can pack loads of dried fruit in the same space without much weight.
So, there you have it! These are all the secret tips and tricks of backpacking that only the pros know about. Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran, these tips will definitely come in handy on your next adventure. To enjoy a great backpacking trip, make sure you choose the right destination and consider important factors like the weather to avoid any unpleasantries. It’s also essential that you have the right gear and equipment to overcome any challenges or emergencies.