Are you contemplating the thought of planning your first backpacking trip? It can be a daunting task. Where do you even begin? Are you thinking of planning a solo trip or taking an experienced backpacker along with you for your first trip? Planning a solo backpacking trip for your first outing is not the best idea. Blogs, stores, and advice from people will only get you so far. If you are a person who does a lot of outdoor activities, you will be better off; but if you are more of an indoor person, it is going to be quite a change. Having an experienced backpacker with you is definitely a smart idea. Your first day and night out can be quite shocking to someone who is normally doing indoor activities.
Find an experienced backpacker
Your next question is probably, “how do I find someone experienced to plan a backpacking trip with? There are many places to use to find someone that is ready and willing to assist you in your first experience. Prior to contacting someone to help you, deciding what type of backpacking trip you are wanting to try is key. Backpacking falls into different categories. Are you planning on regular backpacking, light backpacking, or ultra light backpacking? Please keep in mind that the light and ultra light backpacking are a bit new and will maybe be a little bit more difficult to find someone local that is experienced in this. This is why you need to decide the type of backpacking you wish to do. A simple internet search can help you decide which is the best type for you.
Use the internet
After you have made your decision, you can utilize an online forum or your local outdoor store’s bulletin board to find someone to help you in your quest. You also have the option of searching websites for those who plan backpacking trips to go on trips as a group outing. You may find certain websites on the bulletin board as well. Getting involved with a group either locally or online can assist you greatly in the preparation for your trip, what to expect on your trip, and what necessities are a must no matter what type of backpacking trip you have chosen. You will find that the traditional method of backpacking, also known as heavy weight, will be much easier to find an experienced helper.
Keep your mind open
Now that you have found an experienced backpacker or a backpacking crew to go with for your first time, you will need to make sure that you are completely ready for your first time out. If you have never been camping before, this is truly going to be an experience for you. Make sure you walk into it with an open mind and listen to suggestions ahead of time from those who know what you are getting ready to do. They have experience and can help you in adjusting to this new adventure you are getting ready to go on.
Try a local backpacking trip first
In my opinion, your first trek out should be done locally. If you are with a group, you can try international, however, you may find that you don’t really like the experience and being overseas can make it more difficult to get back to your home if you wish to cut your experience short. You can always backpack further away from your home or internationally you second time out if you find you are a natural at it and love it.
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