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How to Select and Organize a Campsite while Backpacking

Once you arrive at the place where you plan to spend the night, look around for a good area to pitch your tent. You’ll want to avoid obvious drainages (low points that funnel water). These might flood in case of rain, and the soil can be unstable in these areas. Look for a relatively flat

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip Food Menu

Breakfast: Hot cereals are a popular choice. Use one pot to boil water for coffee, hot cocoa or tea, followed by adding enough oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. for a whole family. Or, to keep the pot clean, simply boil water and pour it over individual servings of instant oatmeal in each person’s bowl. For

How to Layer Backpacking Clothes – Beginning Backpacking Techniques

Layer One: Long Underwear: Remember: dry skin = warm skin. However, this can be difficult to manage when you are also hiking up a steep trail with a heavy pack on your back. A healthy body perspires constantly to cool itself off. As the perspiration evaporates, it transfers excess heat away from your skin along

How to Go Winter Camping and Backpacking

If you plan to do any winter camping, you will probably need to purchase or rent a bag designed specifically for that purpose. Many mountaineering bags are made of water-repellent nylon or Gore-tex on the outside, and have a special absorbent inner-liner that “wicks” perspiration and moisture away from the body. They are also made

How to Fit a Backpack

Before leaving for your trip make sure the pack you plan to use is adjusted to fit your body. If you have purchased or rented a backpack, do not leave the store until the salesperson checks and adjusts the pack for the proper fit. This needs to be done with the pack moderately weighted. Most

How to Choose the Right Wardrobe for Backpacking

I worked in a backpacking store in San Diego in the 1990’s, selling clothing and equipment. I also taught beginning backpacking classes. These included two in-store lessons where we discussed equipment, food, clothing, etc., followed by an introductory overnight trip to the local mountains in the summer and fall, or to the desert in the

How to Choose the Right Raingear for Backpacking

If you’re expecting rain, or want to retain more heat in colder weather, you’ll want a “shell” to wear over your sweater. This could be a simple coated nylon jacket. Just make sure it’s large enough to put on over the sweater. If you find that wearing the two together is too warm, simply remove

How to Choose a Sleeping Pad for Backpacking

No matter what style of sleeping bag you choose, its effectiveness will be much improved by using it with a pad. Pads not only cushion your body against rocks, twigs, pine cones, and other debris, they provide a moisture and temperature barrier underneath your sleeping bag. Since your body weight will compress the down or

How to Choose a Backpack

Technically, there are two styles of backpacks to choose from for use on several-day backpack trips: external frame and internal frame. There are also the smaller size “daypacksˇ± that have no frame and only moderate structural support, and are typically used for day trips, bicycling, or student’s bookbags. These frameless style packs are generally not

How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit for Backpacking

If you prefer to create your own first aid kit, you need to learn what supplies are commonly needed and how to treat everything from blisters to broken bones. Fortunately, most of the problems people encounter on weekend backpacking trips are minor, involving maladies such as sprains, blisters, insect bites and upset stomachs. But if

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