Pre-Trip Planning

Pre-trip planning is essential for any successful backpacking trip excursion. Planning out your entire route beforehand is advantageous to lower the chance of getting lost or choosing a hike too far to be completed within a certain timeframe. Learn how to prepare for a variety of backcountry excursions with the help of Backpacker’s pre-trip planning articles.

Any successful backcountry excursion starts with a bit of planning. Good planning before a trip helps to minimizes the chance of an outing going wrong. The first step to planning a backpacking trip should always be a quick call to the desired destination, which can reveal information about park closures, permits, or trail conditions. Find out important details about the trip, such as fitness, skill level, or gear needed to complete the trip. Planning out the entire route (attainable mile goals at the end of each day) beforehand is also advantageous to lower the chance of getting lost or choosing a hike too far to be completed within a certain timeframe.