Backpacking is a great fun hobby for both young and old and can be as challenging and strenuous as you want to make it. The options on where and how to do it are endless as it is something anyone can do. Backpacking is a fantastic form of exercise as well as a hobby and you can have a lot of fun with at the same time.
Backpacking is not all walking. It is in fact a mixture of hiking and camping in a variety of terrains and environments. A backpacking adventure usually entails hiking through wilderness areas as well as camping overnight. You will need to carry everything you need for your backpacking trip on your back. Getting a suitable sturdy backpack is the first thing to consider when getting your gear ready for backpacking. There area a vast range of backpacks available for a wide range of applications. For example, if you plan to backpack for one night you will need a smaller backpack than a 4 or 5 night adventure.
The longer your trip, the more you will need to take with you so planning is the key to a successful backpacking trip. Popular areas for backpackers will be well facilitated for overnight campers but if you want to camp in the wilderness, then be prepared to take more supplies.
There is a great community in backpacking and everyone looks out for each other. Backpackers will always try not to damage or disturb in area where they hike and will clean up the area when they leave.
Safety is always foremost in one’s mind for backpacking and it is advisable to have a trained first-aider in your group. Be sure to get checked out health wise if you are new to backpacking to be sure you are in the best condition to enjoy your trip.