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 access exactly what you need and keep on soaking in the backpacking goodness.
Choose your current or "some day" category:
Each of these links will take you to extensive information, broken down into these major categories which every backpacker needs to dial in for a successful backpacking trip.
Or you can also go directly to this detailed information:
Yeehaw! There's always more!
But before you go...
It's important to be even more honest here: backpacking isn't for everyone.
It requires physical strength and stamina, plus mental discipline and dedication to safety and well being.
And a high tolerance for bug bites, dirt, and sweat, maybe even a little blood.
If you're curious enough to try it, or want to get better at it, keep these backpacking fundamental truths in mind:
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) and some investment of your time and budget into your personal safety and well being, you'll be ready to tackle your first (or tenth) backpacking trip.
Unless you want the best day hiking tips, in which case, try these.
Best Backpacking Tips Essential Guide
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