Here is the second part of backpacking tips for beginners. The article discusses essential things to bring as well as other tips.
Aside from your tent and backpack, you should also bring other essential items in your bag. Get a sleeping bag so that your back will stay cushioned in the wilderness and it will be comfortable to sleep on the ground. You can go for one with a synthetic fill or another with a down fill. Your sleeping bag should be able to handle the weather conditions in your camping site. If you want more cushioning, get a sleeping pad. This accessory is optional but it has countless benefits that you might want to experience. Pads provide comfort and insulation. There are many different types you can choose from.
Another essential camping item is a stove. It is better to cook your meals on the go rather than to haul them as packed meals. You can also use this to heat up water or soup. There are good stoves that weigh less than a kilogram so that it is comfortable to carry in your backpack. Go for gas stove types and make sure to carry the appropriate fuel with you. Along with the stove, bring the necessary kitchen supplies such as dishes, bowls, cups, and cutlery. There are space-saving sets that are made of metal. Those are perfect for backpacking trips.
As for your clothes, pack long underwear that you can wear underneath all of your clothes. These will give you warmth and insulation as the nights outside can get really cold. Layer this with hiking clothes that include nylon pants, shirts, and a hat. Add a puffy vest or jacket for added warmth. Pack a rainwear set in your bag to protect you from the rain. The shoes you wear should be weather-resistant and perfect for long walks.
Prepare Your Meals
There are no stores from which you can purchase your meals. Plan your meals by laying out a menu for the days to come. There are light meal options that only need hot water to be ready. For breakfast, try oatmeal or a couple of breakfast bars. Your lunch must be high in calories and protein to energize you for the rest of the day. Dinner could be rice or cup noodles. Before you sleep in for the night, make sure to hang up your food from a tree so that it won’t be reached by animals. It should also be hung from a distance from your bed so that wildlife animals won’t stumble over you.