by Diane Spicer
The best backpacking tips are based on extensive trail experience and an eye for detail.
You've found them!
Welcome to this essential guide to hitting the trail as a backpacker, regardless of your experience level.
Let's get this right out into the open, shall we?
As a backpacker, you have a bit of a split personality.
Yup, that's right!
You're a strong woman who packs her hiking gear and rugged camping equipment on her back because she loves to.
What does being (or becoming) a backpacker really mean?
It foretells that you need two strong skill sets if you want to become a competent backpacker:
Which brings us to the good news... and why I suspect you're reading this.
You're a hiker, AND a camper, AND you're ready for anything now that you're ready to claim the badge of backpacker.
Welcome to the clan of the hefty backpacks :)
A carefully packed backpacking pack, filled with everything you need for backpacking, and not an ounce of anything you don't, opens up vast horizons for you.
And not just physical ones, although a photo album filled with pictures like this one is one perk any backpacker loves.
So stick with me and read these best backpacking tips to shorten your learning curve.
Planning the perfect backpacking trip, and then enjoying every minute of it, will make you feel strong and smart and sexy.
And that's a beautiful place to be, is it not?
That's why this website is dedicated to getting you ready for multi-day backpacking adventures, and as many day hikes as you can fit into your schedule.
All of these backpacking tips are organized to allow you to find exactly what you need.
Each of these links will take you to extensive information, broken down into the major categories which every backpacker needs to dial in for a successful hiking trip.
Choose your current or "some day" category to read helpful tips for backpacking:
Not to be a smart *ss, but the answer is "very carefully".
These tips will get you started thinking about the thought and decisions which go into planning a backpacking adventure.
It's important to be even more honest here:
It requires physical strength and stamina, plus mental discipline and dedication to safety and well being.
Plus a high tolerance for bug bites, dirt, and sweat, maybe even a little blood.
Not to mention the ability to smile through variable weather conditions, big swings in temperatures, and challenging terrains.
Your personal safety is up to you, and sometimes you can't control what happens on the trail.
If that scares you, please stick to day hikes with hikers who can help you learn the ropes.
If you're curious enough to try it, or want to get better at it, keep these backpacking fundamental truths in mind:
1. Checklists before, during and after your backpacking trip are critical to your success.
2. You're going to have to build up a gear locker full of backpacking equipment, one season and one gear sale at a time.
3. Know your limits, and respect them to find the best pace and distance for your body.
4. Hydration levels can make or break you in terms of stamina, so pay attention to your water intake.
If any of that sounds too simplistic or boring, please reconsider your backpacking aspirations.
Knowing what to bring on a backpacking trip is a big deal.
And knowing what to do with it?
Given the right tips and checklists (right here on this website) and an investment of your time and money into your personal safety and well being, you'll be ready to tackle your first (or tenth) backpacking trip.
So dig in! Use the search box to find anything not listed here on this page of best backpacking tips.
Unless you want the best day hiking tips, in which case, try these.
Best Backpacking Tips Essential Guide
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