The most memorable time in my life was back in high school when I had the opportunity to go on my first backpacking trip. Nearly all of them consist of enjoyable ones that include two brothers experiencing nature together. In contrast, bad memories from time to time also pop up reminding me of what I have learned on this trip. The oversight we had were not that drastic yet it could have made the trip a lot easier if we did our homework before diving in this new adventure.
All I was really able to get the opportunity to do was trips not exceeding two days. But my brother, on the other hand, has become quite a backpacking connoisseur and now enjoys more involved four and five day excursions. Why he could manage staying outdoors for longer days, many may ask. The answer lies in the equipment he has selected and a few common sense rules that make the sport enjoyable.
In fact there are a couple of guidelines one should abide by before taking on that trail. The first is to always have clothes that are comfortable and backpacks that are right for your body type. Your tent and sleeping bag should both be heardwearing and light and remember to only pack essential items to avoid having a big load. Various occasion I was able to witness those that did not have the right type of bag with them and also those who over packed.
According to my brother, people should begin from their feet and work up. Boots are a number one priority and will make or break a backpacking trip. Bring along boots that will house your feet even if you have many socks on and be particular that your toes are clear from the front of the boots so that you will not get hurt when you go downhill.
The backpack is also something you cannot go hiking without. A backpack that is constructed of nylon and can enlarge is what you may need. Outside pockets help organize, but add weight and the temptation to carry unnecessary items.
If you plan to stay outdoors for a week then you may want to purchase a pack that can hold 5,000 cubic inches. Always pack clothes and socks that are enough for the trip but not to over pack. It is always a good idea to be prepared and have a rain coat in your pack.
Your houses or tents should be equipped with water repelling surface and be light. Think about buying a tent that is spacious enough to fit an extra person because that will serve as place for your equipment. For more strength, the seams should be lap felled. Always be alert and spray the tent and seams with water repellent spray to make it as waterproof as possible.
Carrying too much food is a pain, but having enough is necessary. Dehydrating the food that you will bring along with you can help you carry less weight. A pot is always useful in trips like these and do not forget to put your food inside sealable plastic bags. To avoid risk of a forest fire, pack a small Bunsen burner for cooking.