When it comes to backpacking, planning your trip is the most important consideration. There are so many details that need to be laid out before you ever set foot on the trail. If you are planning an extended backpacking trip, there are three important steps to planning a successful excursion. These steps will be outlined below.
Lay out your details
As stated above, the many details of a backpacking trip need to be outlined completely before you ever set foot on the trail. These details include: the general location of your trip, the time of year of your trip, estimated weather patterns, the exact route of your trip, each day’s hiking length, each night’s campground, potential watering holes, and potential break spots. It is a good idea to gather your group together to lay out all of these details so that everyone is on the same page. Remember that these details will help you to determine what gear to bring, so make sure to outline entire trip.
Once you know the details of your extended backpacking trip, you can then begin to gather the gear you’ll pack. It is also a good idea to have a gear up party with your group. Have everyone bring their packs and gear so that everyone can see what each other are packing. Some questions you need to answer while gathering your gear include: what will the weather be like? How many days on the trail? What group items need to be brought? These questions will help guide you in choosing the appropriate clothing, gear, and food for your trip.
When it comes to an extended backpacking trip, you will be carrying heavy loads. Food will likely take up the bulk of your space in your pack. There’ll be little room for comfort items and luxuries. If you have never gone on an extended backpacking trip before, it is important to load up your pack and practice hiking with it. Heavy backpacks can take time to get used to. Plan a short overnight or weekend trip with your full load to make sure it is packed correctly, to make sure you have everything you need, and to make sure it is not too heavy.
Remember to trim as much weight as possible so that you can fit more food or have a lighter pack. Comfort on the trail is essential to having a good time. Good Luck!