Ready to take the leap from car camping and dayhikes to backpacking? Adhere to a few rules that make backpacking for beginners a smooth transition. Understand that in the backcountry, nature rules and will occasionally throw curveballs at you. Avoid backpacking alone for your first few trips and choose a destination not far from home. A short trip on a well-established trail is also a good option for beginners. Become familiar with your chosen backpacking trail beforehand and plan out how long you anticipate it will take you to complete the trek. A call to the ranger station can give insight into several things such as trail difficulty, current conditions, and/or gear needed to complete the trip successfully. Enjoy our articles and tips written specifically for the new backpacker.
Keep up with your buddies on the trail, backpack on the cheap, keep pesky bugs out of your tent, and stay on track with your weight loss goals without bonking mid-trip.
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