It is hard not to love hiking. You get the chance to be outside, enjoy some fresh air, experience nature, and have a lot of fun in the process. However, there are many factors that need attention when it comes to preparing for an outdoor activity, so you should always be prepared before leaving your home.
One of those most important factors is properly preparing everything that you need for yourself, as well as your hiking partner. So before going on a weekend backpacking trip, it is important to have an answer to this question:
How many bags should I bring?
As with most backpacking trips, it’s best to pack lightweight on your body. Bring one bag that can be controlled by the handle or strap on your shoulder, and avoid bags that need to be carried on your back or on both shoulders (like cross-body purses).
A small daypack should carry everything you need for a day hike. For overnight hiking trips of more than 24 hours, bring two bags. It’s important not to overload yourself during these sorts of long hikes because of weight strain – don’t forget to bring a tent, change of clothes and other camping essentials too.
Getting Started with the Hiking Trip
When you’re getting prepared for your backpacking trip, there are a few things you need to do before leaving.
The first thing you should do is make sure you are bringing all of the necessary survival materials. When packing your bags, here are some of the things you should be sure to include:
- Matches or lighter
- First aid kit
- Extra clothing (in case it gets cold)
- Food (trail mix, beef jerky, chocolate bars)
Make sure to bring enough food and water to last the duration of your trip. Also, be sure to bring a map and let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning.
What should I pack for a 3 day camping trip?
When packing your bags for a weekend trip you will need to pack plenty of food and water, a sleeping bag, and cooking supplies.
You should bring at least 1-2 liters of water on any overnight camping trip which will give you up to 16 hours in the case that fresh water is not available. You can carry more if there is a heavy day of hiking planned, but too much will just weigh you down.
When packing your food for a weekend camping trip you should bring food that is high in fiber and carbohydrates as well as nutritional value. You can also bring some healthy snacks to keep your energy up during the walking portion. Snacks like granola bars, fruit leather, granola, and trail mix will provide the energy needed for a weekend trip.
These are just a few of the things you need to remember when preparing for your trip. There is much more you can do to be prepared, so make sure to research different survival techniques before heading out on your hiking adventure.