Pre-Trip Planning

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.