Mar 31, 2015

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Tips to Plan a Backpacking Trip


Many people like backpacking through the outdoors. It brings us closer to the nature, and is extremely healthy for our bodies. But, how to plan such a trip? You can’t just wake up and decide to go backpacking through the outdoors. Well, we are going to give you 7 tips that can help you with that, and will make sure your backpacking trip goes without any glitches.

Tip 1 – Find a partner

Going to a backpacking trip to the outdoors alone is never a good idea, even if you have a lot of experience. It’s always a good idea to bring someone with you. If you have experience than you can teach that partner a thing or two. If don’t have experience, than you can learn a thing or two from your partner. Plus safety is always in numbers.

Tip 2 – Decide when and where to go

You need to decide how long your trip will last, when will you take it, and where are you going to go. Some locations are overcrowded in certain times, and especially around the holidays, and that is why you need to make these decisions as earlier as possible, in order to avoid any awkward situations on your trip later.

Tip 3 – Equip yourself with maps and compasses

backpacking_tipsYou need to know where you’re going, and to know that location in detail. That’s why you should bring compasses and maps with you, both regular maps and topographic maps. Of course, first you need to learn how to read them, if you don’t already know that. When you are familiar with your surroundings, you are much safer, and that’s one of the reasons why you should follow this advice.

Tip 4 – Plan your route

If you plan your route properly, there is no chance for you to get lost or to keep walking in circles. If you don’t know how to do this, ask someone with more experience, of call Forrest services, and they will be happy to help you. And remember, you must make your camp close to a water source each night. If there are no reliable water sources, make sure you bring enough water with you.

Tip 5 – Check for permits and local regulations

Before you go on your backpacking trip to the outdoors, see if you need any king of permit, and then get it. Going without a permit is not advised, so following the rules would be appreciated. Also, you should check into the regulations of the locations you are traveling to, because they exist to protect you, and not because someone just thought of them for no particular reason. Also, check out if there are some fire regulations, and make sure you follow them.

Tip 6 – Bring food and equipment.

Make sure you consult your partner on the type of food you’ll be bringing on this trip, and make sure you strike a deal on that issue. Also, check your equipment before the trip, and make sure it’s in working order. Besides the equipment, make sure you have the appropriate clothing for this kind of a trip.

Tip 7 – Tell someone where you’re going

And finally, you should tell someone where you’re going, and leave your plan of this backpacking trip to them. That way, if something happens to you, the authorities will know exactly where to look for you.

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