If you are planning a backpacking trip in your first year of college, you should start with a guided backpacking trip for beginners. You will be able to make up the rest of your trip as you go along. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information out there for beginner backpacking trips for beginners. So here are some tips to help you get started.
What It’s All About
Backpacking trips are all about being self-sufficient. You want to do everything yourself except for a few things like cooking. Even if you want to bring a stove and set up camp with everything you need, it can still be too much for a first-year student.
The first thing you should do when you are planning your first backpacking trip is to plan your food. Make sure that you pack enough food for two days at the minimum. You will need to make sure that you are eating enough calories that need not be the same thing as carbohydrates and protein.
What You Need to Pack
Don’t forget to include snacks and drinks in your first week. Snacks should have plenty of variety. These snacks will keep you going.
Be sure to pack a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag liner, a tent, a rain cover, a stove, and a pot to cook with. Look for a stove that can heat water quickly and you won’t have to worry about making it too hot or too cold. Try not to bring anything that you are already familiar with.
Try to use a backpack with straps and loops for carrying extra gear. Do your research online on how to pack and carry your backpacking backpack. Make sure that your backpack has the right sized straps that will work with your back. The shoulders and hips are more important than the back. The right backpack will allow for a wide range of motion without hurting your back.
I recommend that you add a toe clip and footgear. This can be anything from a small flat piece of metal to a large leather buckle. They can be used for holding the feet in place while you hike or for keeping them from slipping off the trail. I highly recommend them.
Pack your rain gear as heavy as possible. When it starts raining, you don’t want to carry heavy rain gear. This will reduce the amount of weight that is being carried which should also help reduce your back pain.
Consider getting a seat pad. This will protect your knees and can prevent you from slipping on the trail. They are not as thick as a typical hiking pad and don’t last as long.
Consider bringing a multivitamin supplement. Get to know your body and its needs. Get supplements that are high in fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium.
Also, bring a good first aid kit. Check out this hiking first aid kit list for more info. Use the best you can afford. Find out what’s available in your area and how well it works.
A lot of these tips can be used for first-time backpackers, but they are still essential for your backpacking trips. Start planning now and plan correctly.