The 10 Step Guide to Plan a Memorable Backpacking Trip

If you are gearing up for the backpacking trip, then be prepared! The journey away from the madding crowd into the sylvan wilderness of Nature is going to be quite a learning experience! Whether you want a lesson in suffering or an exhilarating and rejuvenating adventure for your soul depends on how you play your cards! If you want to avoid the former you are required to do a little thorough and careful planning.

The 10 easy steps to plan a memorable backpacking trip are:

1) Listing your requirements for the trip

It is very important that you don’t miss out on anything. The backpack should consist of clothing (according to the expected climate en route), a tent, sleeping bag and packs, a first aid kit, plenty of water, easy-to-cook food (pasta is a popular choice) and of course cooking and hiking gear.

2) Will you be travelling alone?

If you are new, you may want to accompany some experienced backpackers. If you are experienced, you may want to welcome new backpackers in the group. Whichever the case; if you are travelling in a group, make sure that all of you are compatible in terms of speed, camping style and that everyone’s expectations are alike.

3) Prepare a practical budget

Your cost assessment of the trip should be realistic. Plan your budget in such a way that you will have some spare time so that you do not have to forgo something exciting that comes up en route.

4) Decide on the destination, duration and timing of the trip

It is very important, because everything that you will plan – the communication, the lodging – will depend on the destination. In addition, you will have to make sure that you will get leave from work at the time you are planning to go backpacking.

5) Is this the right time to go?

Some places are crowded at some points of the year; if you choose to visit a certain place during its peak season stay prepared that the place may be crowded or the costs may be higher. On the other hand in off season though costs will be cheaper, you may have to compromise on the ‘attractions’ of the place. Weigh all these before you decide on the time of travel.

6) Where are you going to stay?

Do you want to make reservations for your accommodation in advance? Or do you want to try your luck at finding something once you arrive. If you choose the latter, please remember; finding an accommodation in a strange city while carrying a heavy backpack may sound adventurous but is not that easy!

7) Purchase maps and guidebooks

Maps and guidebooks should be your constant companion. They will also help you to get accustomed to your destination before the trip.

8) Plan the route

Decide if you want to do a “loop” hike, “end to end” or “out and back”. You will also have to consider the terrain, weather condition and also, if you are travelling in a group, how many miles are they willing to travel each day.

9) Find out if your destination requires any permit, or they have any special local regulations

Often camping requires permits, then again some National parks and public land have certain regulations. Be aware of them before you start the journey.

10) Check if the gears you are carrying are all in working condition

Lastly, make sure that the gears you and your hiking companions are carrying are in proper condition.
The steps are simple… so follow them. Vacation time will arrive sooner than you think!