Have you ever wanted to explore foreign country sides and get a taste of the rich and vibrant culture that is associated with the outdoors? Then backpacking sounds like just the thing that will get you out of the house and exploring what life has to offer! Backpacking is one of the greatest past times that every one of all ages can do to get a true grasp for Mother Nature. Soak in a lush mountain side or smell the sweet smells of a deep forest. Often times we forget just how beautiful nature can be and how much stress being outdoors can alleviate. In this article we’ll discuss the fun and adventurous world that is backpacking as well as give you the key essentials for how to get started with this amazing new hobby.
First, let’s go over some of the equipment that you’ll be needing in order to get started. The first key component to any successful backpacking adventure is a trustworthy and updated map. Often times people put so much emphasis on their gear that they forget the most simple tool in their arsenal, a map. When picking out a map it’s crucial that you get an updated and detailed map of the area you’re going to be backpacking. The next thing you’ll need to have on you is a compass and or a GPS system. The key here being is so that in case you get lost you’ll have a sense of direction so you can follow your map precisely. It’s also important to note that it’s better to have a compass and a GPS as well. This is so that in case your GPS system fails or a battery dies, a compass will always work.
Next, since we’ve covered the absolute basics when it comes to backpacking, let’s cover some of the gear you’ll be needing. The first thing you’re going to want to get is a headlamp or a heavy duty flash light. These will come in handy in case you see a cave you want to explore, night time sneaks up on you, or even if you’re lost and you’re going to be in the wilderness overnight. A light source can be a life saver in the right scenario, so it’s best that you don’t buy cheap flashlights and head lamps. The next two things we’re going to cover is eye protection and first aid kits. These tools are necessary, especially if you’re a beginner, because in the backpacking world, injury is common. Since you’re going to be out in the wilderness with little resources, it’s best to protect your vision and also have the proper tools to tend to injuries that may occur. Remember, a simple injury in the wilderness can lead to bad news.
All in all, backpacking is fun and exciting but at the same time must be treated with respect. From America, to Asia, and even in Africa, people love backpacking and exploring the outdoors in their local areas. Backpacking is one of the best ways to ease stress, break free from the big city life, spend time with loved ones, and explore what this world has to offer. People all over the planet go backpacking every year and rant and rave about how much fun they have exploring the world and seeing what many people don’t get to see on a daily basis. So why don’t you join in on the fun? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you remember to backpack safely, your experience will be one that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
By Julie Bowman