It doesn’t matter if it’s an overnight hike, a week-long excursion off the grid, or camping in your own backyard; as long as you’re enjoying nature and taking in some fresh air, there is no such thing as “over packing.”
Packing the right bag is a crucial element in having a successful trip. You’ll be astonished by the amount of items you can fit in when you have the right plan!
Here Are Some Tips For Packing For Any Activity
Choose a backpack with multiple compartments and pockets to keep your gear from EcoGearFX.com organized and separated appropriately. In addition to weight distribution, this will help keep your clothes clean and dry.
For example, if you’re going on a hike where there’s a chance of rain, use waterproof bags inside your backpack–they’re usually made out of PVC or nylon cloth that rolls up very compactly. The same goes for snow: if it’s cold or you expect heavy snowfall, then bring double-layered garbage bags as emergency rain gear.
Once you know when and where you’re going, choose your pack. The rule is that no matter how long or short your excursion is, never carry more than one-third of your body weight. Backpacks should sit just below the shoulder blades, with most of the weight resting on the hips.
Ready for your walk?
Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and suitable footwear. This means waterproof materials in rain and snow (or at least good traction on the soles) and breathability in hot temperatures.
Don’t forget to include a hat or cap that shades your neck and face–and don’t forget sunblock if it’s summertime! Tuck some band-aids into one of your pockets; you never know when they might come in handy, like after a fall or blistered feet.
What else do you need?
A space blanket can be folded very compactly and is great to have around in emergencies where you need to stay warm (like when you’re stuck in the snow) or to signal for help. Remember your hiking/trekking poles? They’ll make your walks much easier on the knees, legs, and back.
Food and Drinks
Don’t forget about good old-fashioned eating utensils; you don’t want to be forced to eat with your hands when it comes time for lunch! And of course, bring along some drinks–don’t underestimate thirst.
Pack snacks like energy bars in case you get hungry on the go. Bring disposable utensils in case eating out of your packed food isn’t possible. Remember to pack water; one gallon per person per day is recommended when backpacking/roughing it in hot weather months.
Clothes and Necessities
Remember to always plan for all types of weather conditions; they may change while you are gone. Include warm clothes (if needed) for colder weather, sunscreen and bug spray, a warm hat and sunglasses (for sun protection), rain gear (waterproof boots or shoes), an extra towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap/shampoo.
Now that you know what to pack for any adventure get out there and enjoy yourself! And remember: if something goes wrong, never forget to stay calm. You can figure it out.