Backpacking – Why It’s An Exciting Adventure

Backpacking is basically the outdoor recreational activity of taking equipment on one’s back, even for just a couple of days. It can be done as a camping activity but more commonly, it’s an extended trip, and can or might not involve overnight camping outdoors. In North America backpacking is pretty popular, where simple tents and temporary shelters, widely available in Europe, are uncommon. Backpackers also tend to travel light, using anything they can fit into their backpacks.

Hiking is more leisurely and less rigorous than backpacking, but is also a long way from home. You’ll need more gear, as you will encounter more wilderness, more often, and have to take into consideration weather, for example. Hiking, although not as lengthy, is a lot more fun, although backpacking can make a challenging hiker out of anyone. When hiking, you can fit in a lot more hiking, camping, or backpacking in a day.

Most backpackers set out from home by car or bus, crossing the country by foot. A small percentage are packers, who use a backpacker tent, a carry-on bag, and a bicycle or motorcycle helmet. Some backpackers prefer the simplicity and comfort of a tent, but others like to do trail hopping as well. There are a large number of backpackers who camp wherever they can, as long as they have good food and water, a place to sleep that’s away from other people, and are close enough to a place to cook their meals. Trail runners, mountaineers, and triathletes also enjoy backpacking.

A backpacking trip can last one night, one week, one month, or longer. Day trips tend to be shorter. In a day trip, you go hiking, sometimes stopping for a bite to eat at a location that you’ve been to before. Backpackers may camp on a campsite, hike on trails or stay at a motel or backpacker lodge. Backpackers can choose to do either long-distance or short-distance hiking, carry their own food and equipment, or spend the night at a hotel or backpacker lodge. Long-distance hikes are longer than a single day trip, while backpacking trips may range from one to three days long.

Backpackers are an integral part of many eco-tourism destinations. They provide jobs to local residents, who would otherwise not have it, they bring with them food and equipment, and help preserve the natural resources of the area in which they live. Many backpackers choose to do their traveling strictly for the purpose of backpacking, without the need to leave their homes. The word “backpacker” is derived from “back, an apt term for a garment harnessed to a backpack in which the occupant moves about under his own power.” Some backpackers use a hammock or sleeping bag and some others do not.

When it comes to backpacking, do not just consider the destination and time frame, but consider the climate and location you plan on visiting. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing, first aid supplies, food and water, clothing for weather and physical exertion, special items for excursions, and toiletries and personal hygiene items. Hikers and backpackers are most susceptible to the cold weather when backpacking, so plan your trip for at least a few days in advance, especially if you’re hiking in an area with a cold climate. Planning ahead of time gives you time to shop for the best price on things, to get better deals, to stretch your dollars as far as possible, and more!