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A Beginners Guide About Mistakes to Be Avoided While Backpacking and Hiking

Backpacking and hiking are two activities that empower an individual’s sense of freedom and adventure. You could be a beginner who wishes to experience the sense of adventure and freedom of Backpacking and hiking or you could be a seasoned traveler in need to update your knowledge of the new gears and tricks of your favored activity, both of these scenarios may lead to mistakes.

Lack of preparation and a tendency to wing it as the situation arises may mar your experience and make the trip cumbersome. There are a few things that a novice or a beginner needs to consider and keep in mind for a favorable and interesting experience.

Food and water

Optimum quantities of food and water are a must when you are backpacking or hiking. Ignoring the intake of sufficient food and water such as snacking multiple times during the day or eating at the end of the day may lead to exhaustion and you will not be able to enjoy your trip. Another thing that should be kept in mind is the water consumption.

Make sure the water you drink is filtered especially when the travel advisory suggests avoiding the nonfiltered water. Many Latin American, Asian or African countries have an abundance of bacteria infected water sources that may cause illness.

Insufficient preparation

Preparing for your trip in a planned and timely manner is the basis of a successful Backpacking or hiking trip. A few of the things that should be kept in mind while preparing for your trip are as follows

  • Packing - The weight of your backpack needs close monitoring, it's important to keep the weight to a minimum for a comfortable trip. Avoid packing extras and things that are not a necessity for the trip. Things like extra gear, clothes or excess food should be avoided to keep your pack light. Always keep in mind that you will be walking a lot so there is a limitation on the weight that you can comfortably carry.
  • Weather conditions - The weather conditions of your hiking or Backpacking route is an important aspect of a successful and enjoyable trip. Look up the weather forecast for the duration of your trip so that you can prepare accordingly.
  • Food cans - Avoid bringing food cans since they will increase your load. If you need to bring canned food due to any reason, transfer its content into plastic bags to minimize its weight.
  • Last minute preparation - Avoid preparing for your trip at the last minute like booking your flight or packing your backpack in the last minute. Last minute booking may make you spend extra on tickets and if you have not booked accommodation on time, you may not get any.

Leave no trace

Leave no trace is an important rule of Backpacking or hiking. You need to carry plastic bags to put your trash in. You need to keep the campsites and trails free of trash and human waste.

One thing that you need to remember is you cannot avoid all the mistakes and mistakes are a part of your learning experience. The best way of avoiding most of the mistakes is updating your knowledge base, this can be done through browsing websites like It's one of the best avenues of information and products reviews related to Backpacking and hiking.

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