Pre-trip planning is essential for a successful backpacking excursion. Mapping out your entire route beforehand lowers your chances of getting lost, choosing longer hikes than you have time for, or, worst, getting turned back before you begin due to trail closures, forgotten permits or adverse trail conditions. Learn how to prepare for a variety of backcountry excursions with the help of Backpacker’s pre-trip planning guides.
Going on a long hike is complicated under the best of circumstances—but kids and a partner open up a whole new world of challenges.
Have the thru-hike itch, but don't want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need.
The trail can be a challenging place for parents and kids. Set aside your expectations of how a hike should go and learn what you can.