Here is the second part of the list of things for backpacking trips. Consult this list to ensure that you are fully ready for your outdoor adventure. The essentials are listed by category so that you can ensure that you are covered on all bases. Remember that it is far better to be safe than sorry so don’t miss out on any of these important things.
Food And Water
There will be no convenience stores or any stores from which you can buy what to eat during your trip. Make sure to fill your back with some snacks like energy bars, beef jerky, hard cheeses, and a couple of nuts. These are snacks for the trail and these will power you up during the trip. Before you set out on your journey, make sure to outline a coherent meal plan that you will strictly follow. A meal plan allows you to determine which ingredients you should bring. Obviously, your meals should be customized to the environment and you shouldn’t go for those that are very difficult to prepare. Other essentials include water bottles, water purifiers, energy food, energy drinks, as well as an extra supply of food in case you run out.
Clothes And Shoes
Before you pack your clothes and shoes, you should check the upcoming weather so that you can dress accordingly. Even if you are aware of the weather, you should still prepare coats and umbrellas in case of unpredictable weather. Pack an extra set of clothes in case something happens to what you have. You should also consider having a layer of protection against intense rays of the sun. Your shoes will also depend on the trail. Gentle trails are easily handled by hiking shoes. Go for boots if you think you are going for a hard and rocky trail.
Other things to include moisture-wicking underwear and undershirts. quick-drying clothes and towels, long-sleeved shirts, socks, and a lightweight jacket. You can also bring extra things like gloves, mittens, hat, or sandals.
Even if you have a compass or a map on your smartphone, there is no guarantee that there will be a consistent signal in the wilderness. You should take a map that is inside a waterproof sleeve. The map should clearly outline your trail. Bring a compass, a GPS device, a watch, and a satellite messenger that reports back to the campsite ranger.
The other important things that you should never forget is your complete first aid kit, your hygiene kit, any necessary medications, as well as products like sunscreen and insect repellent.