Deciding on what to carry and what not to when going backpacking can prove to be a challenge, especially when everything you a thinking of taking you consider necessary. Packing the right backpack gear is essential for your days’ journeys. However, you cannot carry everything you deem important. You just cannot fit it all in, lest you have a heavy bag full of gear on your back. So what should you carry?
Backpacking does have some principles governing what you can carry given that trips will differ and present different challenges. The weather, time of day, activity, and terrain are some of the essential elements to have in mind when packing the gear and what you need for your trip. But, there always are certain items that have become a standard and thus should be among the first to concentrate on when packing. The easiest means of knowing what to take with you is to categorizs your gear based on your needs and purposes. For this you will have the following categories:
Determine if you are spending the nights out and the daytime canvasing the great outdoors; shelter will be paramount. For this, you may consider packing the following gear – sleeping bags, kip mats, a tent, guy lines, pegs, and groundsheets. Most tent kits will include these things excluding the sleeping bag.
Navigation And Security
You are planning on exploring and experiencing the great outdoors, and this requires knowing where you are going or you might get lost. Make sure that your gear includes a map of the area, a compass, binoculars, waterproof watch, waterproof matches and spare batteries, and a radio just in case you get into a dire emergency, and you need to radio for assistance. Additionally, you need to be safe and thus the need to carry a solid hunting knife, a whistle, and ensure that you have a first aid kit. The kit should have safety pins, painkillers, plasters, antiseptic wipes, surgical razor, needle, personal medications (if you take any) and bandages.
Clothing And Footwear
Your trip will see you cover a few days out in the wild, in the open and at the mercies of nature. Therefore, you should ensure that you dress for the part. You should be ready any change of weather. Pack 2 pairs of socks, and underpants, a waterproof fleece jacket, a t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, lightweight trousers and a pair of sturdy boots and another of light runners. You may need a hat and gloves depending on the terrain and weather. It is advisable to ensure the clothes and shoes you pack are waterproof.
Cooking And Hygiene
You may opt to carry some pre-cooked food if hunting and foraging for food is not part of the trip’s escapades. Whichever the case, cooking will still be inevitable, and you need to have the right items such as a frying pan, enough water containers, two small cooking pots with lids, a knife, and a lighter. For your hygiene, you should pack some toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush.
If you think along the lines of these four categories, then you know what essential backpack gear to carry for your trip. Remember the nature of your journey will influence what other items you may have to include in your list of gear.