Planning Your Backpacking Trip

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					Planning Your Backpacking Trip
Venturing into the hard to reach places of the wilderness with nothing but what a person can carry on
their backs has long sense been an outdoor tradition of Americans. Backpacking into mountain lakes or
distant waterfalls and bring enough supplies to camp for a few days brings with it a pleasant escape
from the realities of a harsh work week for many people.

Outside they find a peace and beauty that cannot be found elsewhere and soothing to the soul that is
practically therapeutic. It is no surprise than that more and more individuals are exploring the
thousands of miles of backpacking and hiking trails that span the American landscape.

And for those who are beginning their adventures in backpacking, allow the following tips to be a basic
guide to start you down the path, wherever that path is leading you. Beginning backpackers will find
that, as with most things in life, a good backpacking trip will take a lot of preparation and planning.

Preparing for Your Backpacking Trip
Preparing beforehand will ensure a pleasant and safe backpacking trip that can be properly enjoyed.
The first step in planning a backpacking trip is to decide where your feet will take you.

Deciding where to backpack will largely depend on the locations and sights that the group undertaking
the trip will wish to see. Multiple beauties and adventurous landscapes are available at locations across
                                                          the nation so making this decision should not
                                                          be difficult.

                                                            It should be here noted, however, that
                                                            choosing a place to hike and camp should take
                                                            into account the extreme weather can occur at
                                                            high altitudes. So if a group is considering
                                                            backpacking into the high mountains of the
                                                            western United States, the winter months
                                                            should be completely avoided and spring and
                                                            fall months should be considered with extreme

                                                          With the location decided upon, the group
planning the backpacking trip can begin to plan the details of the trip. This is the fun part.

The Importance of Planning in Advance
A group should first break out the maps of the area they will be backpacking in and map out a detailed
route that they will fallow that will take them to the places they wish to see and that is safe for the level
of backpacking experience they have. Such considerations as bringing a fishing pole can here be
considered if the route includes a stay at a lake or stream.
Similar activates and plans can be made based upon the route of the trip and plans can be made to bring
the appropriate gear. Gear itself then becomes a planning priority for any backpacking trip.

The gear, clothing and supplies needed for the upcoming backpacking trip will need to be accounted for
and planned for. One great tip that seasoned backpackers have learned is to make sure and water proof
necessary gear items against potential damage.

One great way to ensure that such gear, such as a compass, GPS, cell phone, or other emergency gear is
water proofed is by using a vacuum sealer bag. Vacuum sealer bags, commonly used in kitchens for
food storage, provide a weather tight seal against water that will protect all necessary items.

By accounting for and planning ahead for the next backpacking trip, a group of backpackers can
thoroughly enjoy their next trip into the wilderness.

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