If you are planning a hiking trip with your friends then there are many things to be accomplished before you start. An essential thing is to pack your backpack. It carries all the stuff that you would need during your adventure trip. You should not miss on any item as it can create hurdle in your trip. It would be wise to make a checklist before keeping the things in the backpack.
First thing would be to pick a backpack for you. Mentioned below are the points to be considered while selecting a camping backpack for your trip.
Size of the backpack
There are many sizes of backpack available. They are available in various brands. The size of the backpack must be decided according to the person’s torso length. Take help of your partner or friend to measure this length. This length should be from top of hip to the C7 vertebrae ( it is the bony portion that comes out near to your neck). The length should not be measured according to the person’s height. It is a wrong notion to pick the bag according to the person’s height.
Loading of the stuff
How you would be loading the stuff inside the backpack is also important. The usual method is to put heavy stuff in the bottom so that it can rest on your hips and keep the pack light towards shoulders. The shoulders would carry less.
Capacity of the bag
It is important to check the capacity of the bag. The capacity of the bag is mentioned in liters. Pick a low capacity bag if it is a short trip for example if you are going out for a weekend trip then you can have bag up to 50 liters. An average trip that is 3 to5 days trip can have a bag up to 80 liters or less. Choose a high capacity bag for long trips. You need to select a high capacity bag if you have kids or if it is winter time. You can pick a bag of 70 plus liters capacity. Choose the bag according to the load you need to carry.
Once you select the right bag for the adventure trip you need to decide on the backpacking clothes for the trip. The clothes should be comfortable and light. The base layer of your clothes consists of undergarments. They should be of soft wool or the moist free polyester. The cotton sweats and will take very long to dry. The shorts and pants should be convertible to save you from keeping too many lowers. They have zips to open and fold them according to the body temperature you need while hiking. Do not wear cotton socks while you are out on hiking trip. Your socks would sweat and have bristles on the feet. You can pick the synthetic or the woolen socks.
The conventional backpacking shoes are mid cut or the full boots. The trail shoes or the hiking shoes are popular for the hiking trips. These shoes protect you from the roots and weeds. They are sturdy to keep the feet firm. The athletic footwear will not suit on the trail as it cannot protect the foot from rocks and roots. You can wear sandals when you remove shoes at the time of rest. You can roam in the camp with the sandals if you can bear the windy weather.
The outer clothing must be comfortable
It should keep you safe from the outer weather. A rain jacket is must to keep you covered. Stay insulated with the vest. The clothes should keep you away from the tiny insects that the eyes cannot catch. Clothes must keep you warm and safe from the climate to keep your hiking pleasant.
Cooking kit is another essential to go inside your backpack
This consists of the food items. Choose the dried frozen food packs with you that form the meals for you. You would need to add the boiling water and keep the packs for 10 minutes immersed in the water. You can easily find the packets available at the marts and food stores. The water is boiled on the best lightweight backpacking stoves all time. (more…)