Water Backpack; New Hikers Are Least Prepared For This!

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A water backpack is a big consideration if you are a nature enthusiast who has not tried hiking yet. Are you interested in spending time in the wild with a hiking bag and camping under the stars? Do you hate drinking water? In order for a hike to be successful, you will need to take adequate food and water to sustain yourself for however long you’ll be hiking the trails. You may be surprised to learn the most crucial mistake beginner hikers make when they begin hiking excursions. All too often, hikers forget or don’t realize just how much water their bodies need while hiking. If you’re reading this, you’ll have nothing to worry about because you’ll be informed with this article.

Avoiding Dehydration While Backpack Hiking

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Water Backpack With Hydration Bladder And Drink Tubing

Let’s use the example of an overnight weekend camping trip. You’ll leave mid morning on Saturday and end your hike late afternoon on Sunday. How much water should you consume in that time period? Experienced hikers may know the answer, while beginners may just try to guess. A good rule of thumb is to consume approximately 1 liter, which is equal to one quart, for every two hours of hiking.

Of that approximate 26 hours , you will be sleeping roughly 8 hours of that time and resting about 3-6 hours, depending on your break times for relaxation. Therefore, we’ll “guesstimate” an average of 12 total hours of actual hiking. In this case you would need to consume a total of 6 liters when you drink 1 liter for every two hours of hiking.

As you hike, you may think you are not thirsty because our thirst mechanism doesn’t readily coincide with our actual intake. Not giving your body the fluids it needs to be properly hydrated, aka dehydrated, is pretty serious. When I use the term “water”, it can include any water based beverages such as Gatorade, flavored water or any other non-caffeinated liquid. Straight up water in your hiking backpack is always good for your kidneys because it doesn’t need internal filtering.

When Hiking, I Don’t See Myself Sweating Much

Your adult body is made up of 60%-70% water. Hiking depletes your body of essential fluids, salt and electrolytes because you will sweat, even if you don’t feel like you are. So how much is enough? Frequent sipping of 1 liter of fluid over a 2 hour period of active hiking is recommended. Instead of large gulps, you will help your body retain the fluids more efficiently by drinking slower instead of overloading your bladder. If you do this over the entire time of your hike, even when you don’t feel thirsty, you won’t have issues with hydration.

Hikers; Can’t Recall How Much You Drank? Watch For These Signs

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Drinking Water While You Hike Is Beneficial To A Successful Hike

If you lose track of how much fluids you drank, you may be having so much fun exploring that you may think you consumed more than you actually did. It’s not like you have to write it down but empty bottles in your backpack is a good indication of how much you’ve taken in. What does a body feel like that is dehydrated or needing to replenish fluids? First, you will begin to feel overly tired and not as energized. You may begin to experience a headache. Whenever the body loses more water than it takes in, you are susceptible to dehydration. We lose water through our urine, feces, sweat, skin and breath.

Be aware; when did you pee last? Since you’ll most likely be peeing on the ground, you may not be able to note its color. Your pee should be a light straw color, not dark yellow. You could feel dizzy or light-headed if you are hiking over rough terrain and not adequately hydrated. Your heartbeat and breathing could become rapid. If you feel any of these symptoms, don’t try to drink too much all at once. Continuous sips of water and snacks of cucumber, watermelon, berries and apples work well. Taking a rest break while slowly re-hydrating your body will get your strength back.

Hiking Water Weighs A Ton In My Backpack Bag

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Plastic Portable Or Stainless Steel Reusable Bottles Can Be Used

Your water backpack will have it’s own sleeve to carry a water bladder for drinking water. If not, you can carry your own individual bottles, in fact it’s not wise to rely on a water bladder alone because it could always spring a leak and then you’d be at a loss for drinkable water. If the map in your hiking pack shows sources of fresh water along your hike, such as a creek, lake, river or waterfall, be attentive to the weather. During hot summer spells, your water source could have dried up. Otherwise, you won’t need to carry heavy bottles, you can refill at sources along the trail, which is always ideal when it’s available

If relying on these outdoor water sources, you’ll need to carry purification drops or tablets in your hiking pack. This will avoid sickness from water with bacteria that you can’t even see. Trust me, you don’t want a bad case of stomach pains and diarrhea to ruin your hike. Water that looks crystal clear to the naked eye can easily have harmful bacteria in it. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you are in the wild.

Purify All “Fresh” Water Sources

A water backpack can be a hiking backpack that you add a bladder to, or simply carry water in it. A hydration backpack is predominantly for the bladder and gear tubing without a whole lot of room for your other essentials. The important take away is the knowledge of how hikers can easily become dehydrated while hiking if they are not careful with fluid consumption.

Accidents could always happen while you’re on a long hike, but dehydration is very preventable if you listen to your body and heed this advice. NatureTrailBackpacks community consists of very experienced to brand new hikers. We can all learn from each other. Feel free to comment below your ideas for staying well hydrated when you take a hike. Most of all, enjoy your hikes to the fullest by staying happily hydrated : )

40 Liter Backpack; Who In Their Right Mind Would Go Hiking?

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Hikers Are Walkers Who Enjoy Nature

A 40 liter backpack can carry just about anything you would need on a day hike or or possibly over night. Hiking packs are sold by total liter capacity, usually ranging from 17 liters to 100 liters. The range from highest to lowest capacity is dictated by how long of a hike you are taking. The amount of gear required for longer hikes would require you to have a larger backpack. But who in the world wants to carry stuff on their back and walk and climb with it? Avid hikers, that’s who! Here’s how to break down hiking backpack sizes for particular types of hikes and duration. This information will help you know what size you would need for your hike.

Short Backpacking Day Trips

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40L Backpack Is A Great Size For A Day Backpacking Trip

Hiking is trending as a favorite past time and sport for many nature enthusiasts. A hiking pack in the range of 20-35 liters is perfect for a day hike because you need to carry enough water and food. You can take it slow by doing a 1/2 day of hiking with an outdoor backpack in the 17-20 liter range. This is because you’d require less gear and necessities for a shorter time. Typically, when hiking for the entire day, your hiking backpack would need room for adequate drinking water. It is vital that you stay properly hydrated throughout your hike. You can obviously carry less if there are fresh water sources along your hiking path.

Hiking For A Full Day And Staying Overnight

Your 40 liter backpack will provide enough space for carrying your essentials. If you enjoy the outdoors and camping, there’s no reason not to fall in love with hiking. If you find yourself confused about what size backpack is right for you, it’s similar to an overnight bag or a full size suitcase when travelling. Suitcases are measured in size and hiking packs by liter capacity. You judge the size you need by how long you’ll be away and what you need to bring. For example, extra time means you’ll need more clothing in a suitcase. Your hiking backpack needs more liter space when you hike longer for food, water,clothing and gear.

Multi-Day Backpack Hiking Excursions

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Extended Hiking Trips Require Larger Backpacks

A 40 liter backpack will not be spacious enough to carry the food, water and essentials you’ll need for an extended trip. Several days or weeks of hiking will require a larger backpack of 45 liters or more, because you will take more items. But do hikers really want to be out in the wilderness for days on end? The short answer is, absolutely!

If loving the outdoors comes naturally to you, you already know that there is exhilaration and challenges during a hike. It’s not recommended that your early hikes be more than a day or two. But when you become experienced at preparedness and your physical capabilities, you will love how hiking makes you feel. Who wouldn’t want to experience adventure at every turn and exploration on every trail? You’ll find that you can easily amaze yourself with every accomplishment you conquer.

Hikers Love Camping During Their Extended Hikes

Camping Under The Stars Is Incredible

Once you gain the experience of hiking with overnights, you will know you are ready to go it on your own. But, until you are acclimated to being in the wild and all it entails, I would recommend camping in designated campsites, for example in a National Park. If you romanticize the perfect hiking trip, you may be setting yourself up for disappointments. Educate yourself before you take on an extended multi-day hike. Take a buddy or mate with you to help each other acclimate to the nitty gritty of wild animal noises, toileting outside in the open and sleeping through a thunderstorm.

Why would anyone put themselves through excessive bugs, bears and three days of straight rain? Nature enthusiasts look beyond those perils and realize the precautions and nuisances are worth the breathtaking scenery and incredible peace they feel during many moments of a hike. If you have a “take the bad with the good” mentality, you’ll endure the pitfalls and relish in the grandeur of reaching that summit.

A 40 liter backpack trip is the best way to start out when you take those initial backpack hikes. If you work your way up slowly to staying longer on the trail, I think you’ll find that every experience is a learning tool for the times ahead. Thru-hikers who take month like hikes carrying 45 lbs. on their backs didn’t start out that way. They gave their bodies a chance to catch up to their goals and prepared themselves for lengthy hikes.

Do You Remember Your First Backpack Hike?

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Day Hikes Prepare Us For Greatness

Nature Trail Backpacks knows a thing or two about backpacks and hiking. Our customers and readers appreciate information shared because it helps them learn and grow from that first few hikes to a week long camping excursion. Please feel free to comment below with tips, suggestions or even mistakes that you made in your early hiking days. As always, we wish everyone happy hiking!

Hiking Day Pack; 5 Hiking Power Foods For The Trail

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Backpack Hiking Requires Nutrition For Energy

A hiking day pack will carry all of your essentials for a day of hiking on the trail, to a mountain summit or wilderness forest. To feel your best and fuel your energy for the hike, you’ll need a good balance of food and hydration. These 5 power foods are what you should eat for your body to perform the way you want it to. The type of food you consume makes a difference when it comes to stamina throughout your hike. You’ll need sufficient nourishment as you tackle any trail.

Hikers Need Specific Foods To Fuel Their Bodies

What Are You Packing In Your Hiking Backpack?

Day backpacking trips are super fun. Spending the day exploring nature is so rewarding because as an outdoor enthusiast you can’t get enough of being outside. But, you will get hungry on the trail. You’ll need energizing foods that aren’t full of fat and sugar because they can make you bloated or feel heavy and sleepy. It may seem overwhelming to make sure you get all of your hiking gear in your hiking bag and that you pack enough without forgetting anything. Now, you have to worry about what food to bring? You’ve got this. Let’s start with breakfast.

As long as you don’t have a long drive to the hiking trailhead, you should eat a healthy filling breakfast at home and properly hydrate prior to your hike. Skip the coffee and focus on carbs and protein. You’ll want to hydrate with 8 ounces of water gradually before you hit the trail,don’t just chug it down. Give your body a chance to absorb it slowly.

Backpack Hiking Requires Carbs For Energy

Carbs Are A Hiker’s Best Friend For Fuel

A hiking day pack journey must be fueled with the right carbs that will convert to energy as you trek all kinds of terrain that will challenge your body. Without proper intake of the right carbs, you won’t be your awesome self. If you expect to amaze yourself with how far you can and what you can accomplish on your hiking trip, treat your body like your car engine. Put the right “gas” into it and it’ll perform a lot better. So, you may be wondering what are the best carbs to consume?

The best carbs to give you energy as fuel for backpack hiking is whole grains like oats and quinoa. You can take snacks such as granola bars with minimal sugar and fat. Whole grain foods and whole wheat bread with peanut butter helps combine the carbs with protein. These food combos are a hikers best friend. Choose fresh fruits that pack well. Soft fruits can get crushed and make a mess in your hiking bag. You may even prefer dried fruits like apples, raisins and pineapple in the form of trail mix combined with nuts. They will give you plenty of vitality as natural sugar that are a fast-acting carb.

Nut butters, like almond or Nutella provide a healthy form of carbs. You can eat them on a bagel or dip apple slices in them. If you are only going on a day hike, you can pack a veggie loaded pasta salad with a vinaigrette in a plastic container. Don’t forget a fork like I did my first hike out…hahaha. Packets of cream cheese and mayo need no refrigeration, so you can use these items on bread or crackers.

Protein For Backpacking Is Essential For Your Body

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Hikers Need To Fortify Their Bodies During Their Trip

Beef or turkey jerky makes a great snack to include in your hiking backpack. You can put soft cheese like cottage or in a small insulated bag or get certain varieties that don’t have to be kept cold, such as cheddar, American, Brie or Gouda. Babybel cheese and string cheese for example, can be kept in your hiking pack for several hours.

Homemade Beef Jerky Is Easy To Make

Meats sticks like hard salami, summer sausage, prosciutto and pepperoni can be safely eaten on a day hike without being kept cold. Dehydrated meats like chicken and turkey are tasty options. Many hikers enjoy the packets of tuna, salmon and chicken that are readily available in grocery stores.

Eggs are wonderful protein. You can bring hard boiled eggs with precooked packaged bacon (found in grocery stores). If you have an insulated cooler bag, they will last longer. If not, make them your first snack on the trail because without refrigeration they are only safe to eat for about 2 hours.

Trail Backpacks; Yours Should Contain Several Snacks

Great Selection Of Hiking Snacks That Fuel Your Energy

Your hiking day pack trip will go smoothly if you pack four snacks in your backpack. One for mid-morning, one for mid afternoon, and another for after dinner. For example, let’s say you eat breakfast at home and hit the trail about 9am. Your first snack for energy can be around 11am. After that, you may stop for lunch by 1pm and rest awhile. Once you proceed on your hike, your afternoon snack can be around 3:30pm with dinner , let’s say about 6pm. Save a “dessert” snack for the trek back and eat that one 2 hours later. The times can be whatever you choose, this is just an idea of spacing to keep yourself fully energized and physically satiated. Examples of snacks are power bars, trail mix, granola, fresh or dried fruits and dates. A great dessert is a Snickers candy bar or any other brand with peanuts.

Trekkers Lunch; What Are The Best Choices?

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Take Breaks For Meals And To Enjoy The Scenery On Your Hike

Variety in your consumption is always good, but some hikers like to pack minimally and will just eat basically the same thing all day. If it’s nourishing and gives you the fuel you need to hike, there’s nothing wrong with that. If you like different choices, you can get creative with bagel sandwiches, cheese, nuts and crackers, dry cereal or jerky. Individual meat, tuna & chicken packets can be mixed with to-go packets of mustard, mayo, taco sauce or soy sauce. Many of these protein meat packets come already flavored which makes life very easy. Fruit or vegetable puree is available in squeezable pouches making this a lightweight and convenient backpacking item. A super easy suggestion is the ever-popular peanut butter sandwich with fruit spread.

Dining Out While You Are On The Hiking Trail

There’s Nothing Like A Hot Dinner Meal On Your Journey

I have loved picnics since I was a child and my guess is, many hikers do also. There’s just something about eating outdoors that feels special. Your dinner meal can be made ahead of time at home. Quinoa or couscous are great choices when you add a salmon or chicken packet, some raw veggies plus the dressing of choice and bring it in a plastic container. Another satisfying dinner meal is a whole grain tortilla with a cream cheese packet, a pouch of chicken with some hot sauce or canned pineapple wrapped like a burrito.

Complete Freeze Dried Meal In A Pot – Very Easy To FIx

Your hiking day pack can carry dehydrated complete meals that require hot water added to them. This is fine if you’ll be carrying a hikers stove. Many are lightweight and super portable. If you prefer non-cooked food for a day hiking trip, you could mix protein powder with oats and seeds in a peanut butter jar that’s almost empty for a nutritious supper that will fill you up. While you hike, you tend to eat completely different with the focus on food that will keep your body humming like a fine-tuned machine. Of course a steak dinner or some roasted chicken and baked potato would seem heavenly, but on the trail, you’ll want fast and easy preparation with lightweight carry options.

Enjoy Your Backpack Hike With Energy To Spare

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Backpack Hiking Is Enjoyable When You Strengthen Your Body With Food

The proper mix of snacks and meals during your hike will make a difference in your ability to traverse your hiking path. We’ve given you some ideas for lightweight, easy to pack foods that will give you energy and sustain you throughout your trek. NatureTrailBackpacks encourages hikers to help others who are just beginning to explore the wonder of backpack hiking. Please leave a comment below regarding your favorite nourishing trail food and snack that others haven’t tried yet. We are a hiking community that gives tips and ideas to each other so that everyone can experience happy hiking!

Trekking Backpack; Those Feet Were Meant For Hiking

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Trekking Different Terrains On A Backpack Hike

Trekking backpack hiking trips can be your ultimate outdoor experience. There are many things you’ll need to learn before attempting backpack hiking. Information such as how and what to pack, what type of hike to take and what gear you’ll need is important. One of the most crucial aspects of hiking is the comfort of the appendages that will carry you and your backpack load. Here are some ways to ensure the comfort and safety of your hiking feet.

Hikers; Do This Before You Leave Home For Your Hike

Hikers Footwear Is Very Important

If your footwear is not comfortable and well broken in, your feet will suffer from potential blisters and discomfort. It is vitally important that if you are wearing a brand new pair of hiking boots, you must break them in at home first.

Wear them to the the park, or around your back yard with your hiking socks several times. This will give the material a chance to stretch and conform to your feet. If your hiking footwear is not new, you are all set. Just check for heel wearing that could throw you off balance. It may also cause your gait to be uneven, which will create back pain, and affect ankles and calves as well.

You may want to place inserts in your hiking shoes for added cushioning and relief to avoid plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia can take quite a beating while hiking. This thick band of tissue, when overused, begins to form tiny tears. When you don’t protect your heels on your hike, over time, this can lead to pain, irritation and swelling of the ligament. Taking frequent breaks during a hike and getting off your feet is well worth avoiding feet issues.

Blisters Can Bring Your Hike To A Screeching Halt

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Painful Blisters Can Ruin Your Hiking Trip

Trekking backpack preparedness for the sake of your feet is the smartest thing you can do. It will mean the difference between an enjoyable hike, or one that finds you in pain. Wouldn’t it suck if your trip had to end too soon? Prevention of blisters is much easier and less painful as opposed to the treatment you would have to follow. The fit of your hiking boot/shoe should be comfortable with some flexibility. You should not feel any seams rubbing your foot.

If you wore your new hiking boots at home before your hike, did you notice anywhere that felt pinched, cramped or rubbed? You’ll need to check to see whether your socks or the boots caused it. If you notice any “hot spots” on your feet, these reddened areas are precursors to an actual blister. This will be your clue that something needs to be altered with your socks of boots. Your socks should not be bunched up within your footwear. Many hikers like to use a sock liner to help wick sweat away.

Your Hiking Boots Must Fit Properly

Trekking backpack footwear for hiking is designed to be supportive on your feet during your jaunt, especially while you are carrying a loaded backpack on different types of terrain. Assuming you break your new shoes or boots in before hiking in them, they still will not feel as flexible like a regular sneaker or running shoe, Since they need to be both comfortable and stabilizing to your feet and ankles, you may notice a bit of stiffness that you’ll adjust to after wearing them repeatedly.

Trekkers; A Word About Appropriate Socks

The Socks You Wear Play An Important Role During Hiking

Hikers will agree that a good pair of socks worn for hiking is a must have to complete the total comfort of your feet. You may not think a simple thing like a pair of socks would warrant such careful consideration. But alas, there are many aspects that make your hiking socks either great or horrible. Mostly, the material is important. 100% cotton anything is comfortable to wear, however, it holds moisture and does not dry quickly. Instead, you’ll benefit from a moisture-wicking cotton/synthetic blend or wool, which many hikers swear by. Look for a form-fitting toe and added arch support with some underfoot light padding. Pack more than one pair in your backpack bag.

Trekking backpack hikers need lightweight socks that are highly breathable in a crew length for extra shin protection when hiking off trail. A shorter micro-crew sock height is suitable for both shoes and boots during summer hikes.

Hike Enthusiasts Get Sweaty Feet , So What?

Rest And Air Dry Your Feet During A Hike

Wet and sweaty feet are an inevitable truth that coincides with hiking in a prolonged and wet environment. You can’t prevent your feet from sweating, and you may cross creeks or hike through rain showers. It can be exhausting to keep your feet dry because not many “water resistant” boots, shoes or socks keep your feet perfectly dry in hiking conditions that are often variable. Even though waterproof shoes may drain and dry quickly, you will still get wet even if it’s just from sweat.

Trekking backpack hikes are not as harsh on your feet when you stop mid-day and air dry your feet without your socks for 20-30 minutes. Take that time to eat lunch or take a power nap. Change your socks (yes, always carry extras in your hiking bag) if they are really wet. Change them again when you make camp at night. Don’t wear wet socks while you sleep assuming they will dry overnight on your feet. Application of a wax and oil based foot balm will help wet feet tremendously while you’re sleeping. Apply a new coat in the morning before hiking again.

Backpackers With Healthy Feet Have Better Hiking Treks

Tried and true prevention and treatments have been used by hikers for centuries. Nature Trail Backpacks hiking community and readers benefit from feedback to each other. Feel free to comment below whatever measures you wish to share from your hiking experience to keep your feet dry and healthy during your hike. Together, we will make every hike just a little bit greater. Happy hiking!

Backpacking Packs; What’s So Great About Fall Hiking?

A Blaze Of Color In Nature’s Beauty

Everyone seems to anticipate when the calendar approaches spring and ultimately summer. After being indoors all winter, we anxiously relish being outdoors. But do you find yourself , somewhere around mid August, getting psyched for cooler weather? Do you look forward to the change of season that brings an explosion of colors in nature? Here is why hiking in Fall is such a pleasure and is easier to do in Fall compared to any other season.

Weather Temperatures Make Hiking Treks More Comfortable

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Family Hikes Are The Best

Backpacking packs are used on hiking excursions in all seasons. Do you gravitate towards the outdoors as soon as Spring approaches? That’s because you may have a huge dose of cabin fever. However, even spring has a lot of wet weather and cooler temps than you may be comfortable with. Hiking can be a hot and sweaty endeavor in summer. But there is something about the cooling temps and the crisp Fall air that give us more energy and stimulation. Summer hiking and camping is so much fun, but autumn is meant for leaves crunching under your feet and a different smell to the earth. Even the birds of fall are distinctively different.

Fall seems like the perfect season to trek off on a hiking journey. The days are warm and the nights are cool, but not super cold. Camp fires are great to warm up with when it’s not so hot that you sweat when you sit around them. Your body will feel invigorated when you navigate a hike once the air chills down. Observing Mother Nature gradually prepare for winter, in Fall, you have a window of about 8-10 weeks of glorious changes in landscapes, weather and climates. There’s something magical about your camping tent when it’s dusted with a light frost in the morning.

Landscape Changes During Autumn Backpacking

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Changes In Scenery Are More Evident In Fall

Backpacking packs take us on journeys, sometimes to the same place. If you were to take the very same hike twice, once in spring and again in fall, the landscape visuals would be totally different. In many regions, spring offers a scarce hint of green after a winter of brown. Come fall, the gorgeous reds, yellows and oranges create the colors that make such incredible summit views. Breathtaking vibrant shades of burgundy and purples adorn the foliage from all angles, just waiting to be witnessed by spectators and backpack hikers.

Hiking Trekkers Thank God There Are Less Bugs

Playing outdoors is so much better in the fall. Heat and humidity brings many flies and mosquitoes that are annoying during a hike. Black flies aren’t prevalent in the cooler months. In most areas mosquitoes aren’t bothersome once temps fall below 50 degrees. Snakes become less active during colder weather. They don’t hibernate, but they tend to not travel about. Flies and gnats die outdoors until warmer temperatures in late Spring.

Backpacking packs trekkers, you must be aware, unfortunately, that ticks are everywhere you go during all seasons. The best place for you to avoid them is in higher elevations above 8,000 feet. They don’t like colder temps, so they may less abundant but they can be carried on wild animals by keeping warm in heavy fur.

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Autumn Air Has Less Flying Bugs

Backpacking In Cooler Weather Has Many Pluses

Backpack Hiking Fall Colors

Once summer is over, you’ll find that activities such as beaches, swimming and picnics diminish with cooler air temperatures. The heavy vacation season is over, which makes Fall the most opportune time to hit the trails with your hiking backpack. Summer seems to bring heavy crowds, less space at campsites and a longer waiting lists for hiking permits in certain areas. You will love having more trail space to yourself and being able to get the hiking campsite you like before others beat you to it.

Fall Is My Preference For Hiking Treks

Backpacking packs loaded and ready for a hiking day in Fall bring excitement and anticipation. I may be prejudice because I was born in October, but I have always loved the cooler crisp air during a hiking jaunt. The the palette of colors during Autumn will make you take pause and be filled with Nature’s “zen”. You may find that even the sky seems bluer with less clouds on a glorious day of hiking. Why wouldn’t hikers love using less bug spray, plenty of open air trails and picturesque summits? Each season has it’s own merit, but I think you’ll find fall wins the crown for king of the nature landscapes. Your opinion matters to Nature Trail Backpacks . Please comment below which season you love to hike in the most to help beginner hikers to see different viewpoints. Happy hiking!

Daypack Backpack ; 4 Amazing Hacks For Hiking Packs

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Daypack Backpack Couple Enjoying Hand Holding

A daypack backpack is something that is not just for hiking any more. If you haven’t tried hiking yet, or even if you own a hiking bag or two, I’ll bet you didn’t know that things you can do with your hiking backpack. Here are four great hacks for your backpack bag that makes it a very versatile thing to own, even if you don’t hike with it, but you really should try nature hiking.

Fall Is Coming; Use Your Hiking Bag For This…

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Enjoy Hands Free Apple Picking

Your daypack backpack can be used when you go apple picking. Have you ever gotten to the orchard and they hand you some plastic bags and say “Have fun!” So, you load up the bag or even several and discover how heavy they are. When you checkout the apples you picked, you then realize you are charged by the pound. Whoa, those can be very expensive apples! It reminds me of a friend who quoted this to me every time I was frustrated with a situation. He’d say “do ya like fruit? Well how do ya like them apples?” He was being sarcastic but I got the point.

Imagine if you went as a family or with a friend to the orchard and you picked what you wanted and put them in your backpack. They would be just as heavy, but carrying them with your backpack would be so much easier. You could put the plastic bag they give you and line your backpack for easy removal at the checkout for weighing. Your daypack would hold plenty for a family of four so the chances of overbuying a gazillion apples would be limited by the backpack space.

Mom’s And Dad’s Can Have Hands Free During Time With A Toddler

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Easy Way To Carry Child’s Constant Essentials

If you have young children, do you ever find yourself wishing you had more hands and less to carry around? Have you ever tried to juggle an infant carrier, a diaper bag and a toddler’s hand on any outing, a trip to the mall or countless other similar situations? As a parent, you can free up both hands plus save their neck and shoulders by wearing a day backpack, which is small enough to be comfortable yet large enough to hold all of the baby and toddler essentials you have to leave the house with. Diaper bags can be cumbersome, especially with all of the other baby and toddler paraphernalia you have to lug around on an outing.

A daypack backpack carried on your back will keep your hand available to wipe runny noses, carry your baby and pick out groceries. You can then safely hold a child’s hand while crossing the street. Meanwhile, the other parent has access to the backpack to grab a snack, water bottle or a toy when your child is upset. Don’t you think that makes sense? You may wonder why everyone with small kids doesn’t utilize a quality daypack. For best results, you’ll want a durable outdoor backpack that can withstand the weight of countless items you bring just to spend a day away from home.

Day Outings Will Be More Comfortable If You Take A Day Backpack

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Hiking Bags Are Great To Carry Your Belongings

There are endless situations when travelling where a day backpack could be the handiest thing you own. When traveling by air, auto or bus, you can use a backpack instead of a suitcase. If you are taking a trip for the weekend, pack your clothing and toiletries in your backpack. When you check into your hotel, you can unpack these things. Then, you are free to use your hiking bag as a dual purpose means of carrying your day items, Visiting a zoo, the beach, an amusement park or any other tourist attraction is now more comfortable and easier on your body.

You can comfortably pack some drinking water, sunscreen, a light jacket, a swimsuit and towel, a map, and a camera. These items can be carried in your day pack, for example, when you are on vacation or on a day trip. You’ll find that a backpack is definitely more comfortable to carry than a purse or a tote bag. When you choose a neutral color day backpack bag with a main compartment and side pockets, you’ll have room for everything. The best size for a daypack has a capacity between 17-30 liters.  When you have easy access to your belongings, your trip is becomes a hassle free way to go anywhere.

Shopping; A Backpack Bag Just Made Things A Lot Easier

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Shopping Just Got Easier At The Mall

Your daypack backpack can save you from back , neck and shoulder strain with eventual pain. Men and women can wear a stylish day backpack to shop at the mall, wander the streets of a quaint village seeking souvenirs or Christmas shopping. Have you ever lost small articles or confused multiple shopping bags when you ended up with numerous purchases? You can keep everything, even your purse, securely in your backpack without risk of run-by handbag snatchers. You won’t lose your purse or leave it somewhere with dreaded fear that all of your credit cards and cash are lost for good.

The average woman’s filled purse weighs 6.7 lbs. Whether you sling it over one shoulder or across your body, the maximum weight should be 10 percent of your body weight . More to the point is that almost seven pounds carried is weight that is pulling on your shoulder and neck muscles. When you carry 7 lbs on your back, the weight is centered with a lot less strain.

You can use your backpack’s exterior pockets for a credit card used frequently, your cell phone and a water bottle to stay hydrated all day. If you’re struggling with several purchases, all in separate bags, you know what a juggling act it can be. If your significant other or a friend wears the daypack, you can shop and they can carry. Tell me that’s not the perfect scenario.

We’ve Got Your Back; Tell Us Your Hacks

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Backpack hikers know the reality of packing many important things into their hiking pack.  Both men and women can benefit from getting extra mileage from their backpacks by using them in everyday situations.  Maybe you haven’t discovered the love of hiking in nature yet, one day you may.  Until then, why not save yourself headaches and body strain by using a quality backpack that is sturdy and meant for outdoors.  It will stand up to the task for sure.  Nature Trail Backpacks and our readers would love to hear something different you use your hiking bag for. Please feel free to comment below to help others with your tips. Happy hiking, shopping, vacationing and parenting.

Backpacks For Men – Consistently More Versatile For Both Genders

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Many Backpacks Are Unisex In Design

Backpacks for men are trending bigger than ever now.  You probably noticed Joey’s bag on the show, Friends back in 1999.  We understood the term “man purse” as a result, but actually men have been carrying different types of bags for centuries and now women do also.   Have you ever wondered if you can still look cool carrying a backpack, even when you are not hiking? Here are the benefits of backpacks for work, play and everything in between for both genders.

Labels Don’t Always Fit

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Features Of A Quality Backpack Are Most Important

Our society likes to label everything.  When it comes to a quality backpack that is durable enough to carry everyday essentials in any weather, literally any gender can carry it.  In fact, placing gender labels on backpacks is more about marketing than differences. 

Unless you are exceptionally petite, a hiking backpack or one labeled “for men” can be used by either sex.  You should look at the pack itself and determine if it meets your needs. Very often, clothing is interchangeable between genders because we all have different body shapes and sizes.

Every Body Has Size Differences

Women Can Wear Men’s Backpacks

A backpack labeled specifically for a woman would generally have narrower shoulder straps that are shorter and more contoured for a narrower frame.  However, an average or plus size woman would find those straps uncomfortable and binding and they won’t distribute the pack weight evenly over the body surface of an average female. Youth and women’s backpacks are usually adjustable mainly for small teens or petite women.  Men’s backpacks are also adjustable but will fit a wider range of all adult sizes.

Not Just Backpackers Carry Hiking Packs These Days

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Everywhere You Go, All Ages And Sizes Wear Backpacks

Backpacks for men aren’t only for men, but there is a considerable difference in a hiking backpack and a school book bag or messenger bag.  You will find subtle differences between a backpack, which commonly has two shoulder straps and an over-one-shoulder messenger bag. Their straps make them look completely different.  Both are used to carry things.  The most significant difference is in functionality and size.

Everywhere you go today, you will see people of all ages and sizes wearing a backpack for work, school or hiking.  If you carry one, it’s probably because you have realized that carrying your laptop, your lunch and after work clothing looks tacky in a brown paper bag, right?  Adults carry stuff everywhere they go.

Even seniors have realized the importance of ergonomics when they have sore shoulders from carrying a purse or a briefcase.  So now, we don’t just use our backpacks for hiking, although that is still the number one goal of nature enthusiasts. 

Literally Everyone Has Daily Items To Carry Around

 There is a lot of emphasis on staying hydrated no matter your age.  How clumsy is it to try and balance a couple of water bottles, your morning coffee travel mug and the other essentials you need while working, traveling or playing throughout the day? Orthopedic doctors Nationwide are seeing increases in young people with back issues because they carry too much in a non-ergonomic way. 

Backs, shoulders and hips suffer if you don’t carry your necessities in a small day backpack with the weight evenly distributed.  Some women’s purses carry in excess of 15 lbs with what they hold, either damaging their rotator cuffs and wrists, or pulling on their shoulder and back muscles over time. 

How Do You Currently Carry Your “Stuff?”

Backpacks for men are replacing other carry methods today. If you observe people around you at work, on the commute, walking the hospital halls and even at the mall.  There is  a reason for that. People are learning that a durable quality hiking backpack is the best way to carry things from Point A to Point B, safely, obscurely and is best for your back health.

Hikers, Workers and Every Day Folks Have Backpack Choices

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Backpacks Are Being Used More As Diaper Bags For Comfort

The intelligent choice to carry a backpack means all of your belongings can be carried with you while you walk, allowing you to maintain a good healthy posture.  Parents are discovering less back and shoulder pain by using a backpack for hands-free access. Yes, there are humongous backpacks for week long treks into the wilderness. But for everyday carry (EDC) of your belongings, there are many choices for small or medium size backpacks that will suffice, even if they are called “men’s” backpacks.

The major difference between a inexpensive box store backpack and a hiking backpack is durability. The material is better quality and the stitching and seams are meant to be exposed to changing weather conditions. There’s nothing worse than an unexpected downpour where your pack and everything inside gets completely soaked from a pop up rainstorm. You don’t want the straps of your backpack to break or a seam to come apart and dump the contents of your backpack at the office, campus or bus stop.

Colors And Material Are Completely Your Preference

Backpacks for men do come in leather, but will be pricey and not totally weather worthy.  Fabrics liken nylon and polyester combinations or canvas stand up well to daily use. Neutral colors in black, gray, blue or green are popular with males and females.  Styling can vary from rugged looks to simple clean lines for office workers.

If you focus on durability, there’s no reason why a hiking backpack, designed for quality, won’t last for years through all types of conditions. Cheap backpacks from department stores are meant for things like a few library books, a sack lunch and a sweater.  Adults carry much more than that in weight and volume and therefore require a better made backpack for multiple situations like hiking, camping, carrying tech devices and even concealed carry for certain jobs.

Tactical Backpacks Are Booming In Popularity

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Tactical Backpacks Are Unisex In Design

Backpacks for men and women that are military inspired in design and coloring, have seen an up-surge in popularity.  A tactical backpack is merely one which has multiple pockets and sections for total organization of what you carry.  Many on-and-off duty law enforcement men and women like tactical packs for carrying their firearm. In addition, many concerned citizens find that a tactical pack offers anonymity with a concealed carry pouch. Those sections of backpacks can also be used for water bladders, laptops or tablets just as easily if you don’t carry a firearm.

Backpack Features Make Survival Less Worrisome

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Tactical Bags Keep You Organized

Mother Nature can throw some serious curveballs into your life.  Be ready to survive should a catastrophe or natural disaster find you stranded or homeless.  Bug out backpacks are great as a go-bag when you need to escape for a few days to be safe.  A survival backpack is larger and carries more of the necessities you may need to stay alive until you can return to civilization. 

Backpacks for men or women need to be equally sturdy and hold up to the outdoor elements you may encounter.  Wind, rain, freezing temps; these could all really put the quality of a backpack to the test. You don’t want a cheaply made hiking bag that will start ripping at the seams when you trek through mud and water.

You need the pack’s straps to be well sewn on and the material your backpack is made of to be durable against branch scratching as you traverse all kinds of terrain.  No backpack is 100% waterproof.  Make sure you have an exterior waterproof shell for your pack, or a waterproof interior dry sack for the contents.

Hunting Bags Are Used By Both Genders of Hikers

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Men And Women Use Hunting Backpacks

Many backpacks for men used during hunting are equally as useful to women also.  More women are taking up this sport than ever before. Again, unless you are super petite, women and men have the same needs for similar carry items during a hunt. Choose a men’s or unisex backpack that doesn’t skimp on the load-bearing components that quality hiking packs provide.

A tactical or hunting backpack is ideal to have the necessary compartments for organization, so that you can readily grab items in a moment’s notice.  Examples such as a pistol, ammunition, water bottle, binoculars and first aid items are necessities you may need quick access to throughout the hunt.

Men’s Backpacks Are Perfect Hike Packs For Everyday Use

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Backpacks Are Not Just For Hiking Anymore

Marketing can be tricky. If you are informed, you can make wiser choices.  Find the backpack that fits and works best for your situation.  Never mind the label, you can consider any backpack is right for you regardless of gender.  The folks at NatureTrailBackpacks understand our world today and that there are many situations where a quality backpack can work for everyone.  Feel free to comment below if you have a different use for a hiking backpack. We wish everyone happy hiking and a comfortable carry for whatever you use the backpack for.

Internal Frame Backpack | Hikers Chafing; No If’s, And’s or Butts!

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Hiking Is A Favorite Nature Activity

Internal frame backpack hikes can produce some painful irritations IF you don’t protect yourself. AND, longer treks make you more susceptible to skin chafing. BUTT…this part of your anatomy can really make your backpacking trip an uncomfortable experience.  Ok, I’ll talk about the embarrassing topic for you. Here’s how you can eliminate the chances of monkey butt and thigh chafing while you’re on your hiking excursion. Yes, it’s a real thing!

Hikers; Start With The Skivvies You Wear

100% Cotton Is Not Advised

The underwear you choose can make a huge difference in your comfort and to eliminate skin problems that will make walking unbearable. Absolutely say “No” to 100% cotton.  Normally, everyone loves the feel of cotton, but for a hiker, it means your sweat won’t be absorbed and the cotton material will stick to your skin.  This will cause the seams of your skivvies to bunch up between your thighs.  The result will be friction from walking that will cause your skin to be rubbed raw. Can you say ouch?

For internal frame backpack treks instead, choose lined running shorts, compression shorts or synthetic underwear. Your undies should have at least a 6” long leg for protection against thigh rubbing. Men or women should ever go commando, wear a thong or bikini underwear while hiking. Form fitting undergarments are most effective in a cotton/synthetic blend material.  For chafing prevention, avoiding rayon, viscose, lyocell and modal is key because these materials are made from wood fibers that resemble cotton for absorption and are not moisture wicking.  Many hikers swear by wool during all seasons, but it’s slow to dry when you rinse it out.

Backpack Hiking Requires Good Skin Care

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Men And Women Hikers Are Prone To Skin Chafing

Prevention is always the best medicine for hikers. If you pre-treat your skin with an anti-friction lubricant such as Anti Monkey Butt or Body Glide, you can avoid the chances of your skin rubbing to the point of a painful stage and enjoy your hike more.  Anti Monkey Butt comes in a powder, paste or cream.  Body Glide is a balm which provides long lasting, non-greasy skin protection and repels sweat whenever your body rubs in the wrong way causing irritation. 

The reality is that when you hike, your butt and your thighs are the most vulnerable areas to rubbing. This can lead to painful inflammation. Once you’ve become sore in these areas, trying to power through your hike with healing creams and other remedies is much more difficult. Some products you may use for rashes or chafing will sting badly upon application.  Doesn’t it make sense that if you protect these areas before hiking, you’re more likely to eliminate the misery?

Trekkers; Choose The Right Hiking Backpack

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Backpacking Will Make You Sweat

An internal frame backpack is the most popular backpack for hiking. This type is one which uses aluminum stays (long flat bars) that provide a rigid framework against your back for support and stability.  Internal frame bags tend to be much more lightweight.  The suspension on an external frame backpack has an external rigid frame designed to carry very heavy loads for extended hiking trips.

A hiking bag that has a ventilated mesh back will eliminate sweat from dripping down your back.  The mesh backing is designed to let air flow so you don’t sweat as much.  You’ll also find that tucking your shirt into your pants can lead to sweat dripping off your shirt down your butt crack onto your underwear, which is not good because you’re trying to keep that area dry.

Backpackers; Stay Clean During Your Hike

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Internal Frame Backpack Hikers Enjoying The View

When you make camp for the night, as tired as you may be, it’s really important to clean your skin before you sleep and head out the next day.  Your butt and thighs are important, but also cleanse your feet from sweat and dirt.  Sweat produces salt, so it needs to be removed from your skin at night.  Sleep in clean dry clothes, not the ones you hiked in all day.  Thin synthetic clothing, will dry quickly when you rinse it off. It will also have a cooling effect when you put it back on after washing it.

Pay attention to your toilet habits.  It’s wise to carry a plastic squirt bottle to rinse your privates after a BM.  Dried on poop can be a bad skin irritant, especially when mixed with sweat and friction.  After wiping well with a wet wipe, you can apply some Anti Monkey Butt Powder, or a similar product for extra protection.  Ladies, do not risk infection by wiping with a leaf or a rock; leave that to the guys. Make sure you pack out any wipes or feminine products. Sorry to spell these things out so graphically, but these are facts of life that hikers have to deal with.

Another great preventative is to reduce the amount of hair in your nether region.  Hair increases sweat retention, which makes you more prone to chafing.  Trim extreme body hair in your crotch area, including your butt crevice and testicles (if you’re a male)

What If My Hike Gives Me “Monkey Butt?”

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Hike Wisely And Protect Your Skin

When an internal frame backpack hike ends for the day, you may discover soreness or redness on your thighs or in your butt crevice.  This term, “monkey butt” refers to something baboons get from sitting all day.  Hikers walk all day but the sweat that drips down your buttocks can cause itching, redness, swelling and a painful irritation.  This form of chafing can spread to testicles, vaginal areas and thighs, and is caused by the friction of rubbing wet skin while hiking.  This may happen due to be skin-to-skin or skin to fabric contact during your hike.

Trekkers; Clean And Treat The Area As Soon As You Notice Discomfort

Wash these areas well with soap and water if you have access to water.  If not, this is the time you’ll be glad you packed a plastic squirt bottle with water for cleaning up. Rinse well. This area will most likely sting so be gentle when washing or applying treatment. Gently pat the area dry.  You can apply petroleum jelly or Aloe Vera if you have it in your hiking pack to soothe the chafe.

I recommend A & D ointment which is petroleum based and has vitamins A & D in cod liver oil added.  Carry it in your backpack for multi first aid purposes. Leave chafed areas free of clothing or anything that will rub while you sleep.  Small areas that are badly chafed can be covered in gauze pads for further protection.  If the chafing is intense, take a day off from hiking to enhance healing.

Backpacking Can Be Pain Free With Prevention

On an internal frame backpack trip, start prevention of chafing before you even leave home.  I seriously doubt you want your hiking time to be ruined or delayed from something you could have prevented.  At Nature Trail Backpacks, we welcome hiker’s input regarding products, tips or information that can be sensitive or uncomfortable yet help a fellow hiker in some way.  Please comment below methods or suggestions that you have tried and had good results with.  We strive to make every hiking trip a comfortable and awesome experience for everyone.

Best Backpacks; U.S.Leaf Peeping Up Close And Personal

Gorgeous Colors of Autumn

Best backpacks are not the ones we take our school supplies in, but rather the ones that lead us on a journey.  When the calendar reaches the end of August and the children are headed back to school, we start thinking fall.  Do you love the changing leaf colors?  Do you love the crisp autumn air?  Let’s take a look at the ways you can enjoy the fall foliage whether hiking or riding right through the middle of it.

Hikers and Vacationers Have Many Options

Why Not Take A Northern Rail Trip?

There are several options, such as Northern Rail trips throughout the beautiful Adirondacks. Actually you can see breathtaking colors in nature throughout the entire New England area. Each state has its own individual way to celebrate foliage, harvest and the change of season.  You can explore weekend getaways in rustic cabins for stunning views of Maine, New Hampshire and New York. The ideal trip for you might consist of a secluded wooded cabin by night and day hiking with a day backpack within the area to take in all the splendor of colors.

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a cider mill or apple orchard during your leaf peeping trips.  Michigan has numerous cider mills to check out by going to https://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/TheBLT/GrabaTasteofFallatthese30MichiganCiderMills682.html  New York and several other states also have orchards and cider mills to visit. You can make your trip complete with warm cider donuts fresh from the fryers.

Hiking Gets You Closer To The Magic Of Fall

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Grab A Day Hiking Backpack And Explore The Foliage

Best backpacks for day hiking jaunts are in the 17-35 liter range for size.  Fall is the perfect time to hike because the weather is cooler and bugs are fewer.  What better way to witness the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves transforming right before your eyes.  Autumn adventures include hiking trails throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.  Even after peak leaf season, fall backpack hikes are an incredible chance to see the beauty of the outdoors. 

Hike Trail Areas For Gorgeous Autumn Treks

  • Sleeping Giant Tower Trail.  This trail in Hamden, Connecticut is a 1.6 mile one-way hike stone path to the summit at Mt. Carmel.  This trail is part of Sleeping Giant State Park and has a tower offering gorgeous views of Long Island Sound and New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Rattlesnake Mountain in Raymond Maine is a 2.4 mile out and back hike which is perfect for a day hike. You’ll be able to observe all of the colors of in September and October. You can visit the city of Portland for lunch or some hot cider after your excursion up the mountain, making this the perfect outdoor leaf peeping trek.
  • Sterling Pond Trail near Jefferson, Vermont is a 2.5 mile round trip hike. Enjoy the great colored foliage along with Sterling Pond which is very serene during autumn.  This hike has a few steep and rocky challenges for hikers to navigate, but is well worth the trip.
  • Best backpacks can be seen on hikers trekking the Rome Point Trail in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.  This trail is great for walkers of all skill levels and is less crowded in fall.  The incredible scenery changes constantly on this hike ending with views of the bay and seals to observe.
  • Hikers can absolutely enjoy views of the southern Berkshires at the summit of the Monument Mountain Trail in Barrington, Massachusetts. You’ll encounter a few steep scramble areas in this 2.5 mile round trip hike.

Road Trips, Camping And Hiking In Autumn

Route 385 In South Dakota

Best backpacks can be taken on any road trip or camping trip and used to venture deep into the Black Hills National Forest along Route 385 in scenic South Dakota.  This is possibly the longest road through the forest, running 59 miles between Custer and Deadwood.  Amidst gorgeous Ponderosa pines, you’ll encounter splashes of color from deciduous trees peeking through. Sheridan and Pactola Lakes add vast stretches of deep blue in between, making for a beautiful color palette of scenery. You can stop and camp, hike or fish to observe nature closer than the car window.  If you prefer, a road trip drive can take it all in without stopping. You could have lunch along the way and take time to try your luck and gamble at the Mineral Palace in historic Deadwood.

Our Southern States Put On A Fabulous Show

Georgia Is Georg-Ous!

Parts of the South, such as the Blue Ridge Trail in Georgia will surprise you for foliage that you think is only in the Northeast. The Blue Ridge Mountains give way to gorgeous fall scenery and a fabulous Oktoberfest celebration in Helen, Georgia.  This state also has the Tallulah Gorge State Park where you can explore the 1000 foot chasm carved by the Tallulah River over millions of years.  You can camp in a cabin, go “glamping” or set up your own tent in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Add a day backpack hike to your trip for observing nature better.

Backpack Hikes In The Northeast Reign Supreme

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The Adirondacks Offers Awesome Fall Hiking

Best backpacks come in handy along the historic Route 6 in northern Pennsylvania. You can take a “road trip” through the 76 mile Elk County Loop that crosses through the Pennsylvania Wilds and see large herds of elk. While you are there, why not experience hiking and stop at the Worlds End State Park for camping or stay in a cabin on the Loyalsock Trail where you can revel in beautiful views of forests in vibrant color

If you head towards Boston MA, you can walk or hike the Freedom Trail. This hike takes you through 16 historical sites, all while enjoying the explosion of colorful leaves.  There is also a Museum of the American Revolution that just opened in 2017.

Discover Other U.S. Destinations For Fall Foliage

Taos, New Mexico With Fall Brilliance

For best backpacks excursions, why not try other areas that burst with color in the U.S.?  One such place is the Ozark National Park in Arkansas which has over 1.2 million acres of dazzling scenery within its mountains and parks.  You can also hike to beautiful natural springs and rivers here. If you love waterfalls, imagine them encased in the brilliance of fall’s artistry. You can witness over 50 waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. 

The southwestern panorama of Taos, New Mexico is a sight to behold in autumn. Most worthy of mention is The Enchanted Circle which is an 83 mile drive that connects several New Mexico towns with Mother Nature’s vivid colors.

Where Do You Hike During Autumn For Colorful Views?

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Hiking For Colorful Views

Whether you hike, walk, stay in a hotel or cabin, you’ll be glad you treated yourself to the splendor of this changing season in many states in the U.S.  Nature will never cease to amaze you.  Experience it head on with a week-long hike, or take a rail trip or road trip throughout the gorgeous areas of our country that put on this incredible annual show for mankind. Nature Trail Backpacks would love to read and share your comments of the best leaf peeping areas you like to visit every year. We hope you will get outdoors and enjoy it up close and personal.

Day Backpack | 4 Types of Hikes Anybody Can Do To Lose Weight

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Day Hiking Trips Can Lead To Weight Loss

A day backpack is the perfect size for a casual day of hiking that is easy and beneficial for staying fit.  You may be offended if someone tells you to “go take a hike” when in reality that person is giving you great advice.  Hiking is perceived by many as a grueling climbing sport.  Yes, it can be, but if you are moderately active in life, you can do a day hike with no problem.  Here are examples of hikes that are great for beginners or anyone who wants to drop a few pounds by hiking.  These treks will not leave you saying “never again!”

Local Hiking Areas That Are Best For Beginners

Get To Know Your Local Hiking Trails

With the ability to find out just about anything online today, the easiest way to discover hiking trails in your community or an area you have interest in, is on the internet.  For example, doing a search for “Easy Hiking In Albany, NY” will give you many examples of where you can go nearby Albany for day hikes and nature paths.  Of course you would substitute Albany NY for your hometown and state.  Once you have found some listings, look for the type of surroundings that interest you.  Do you prefer an open paved trail, a more wooded dirt trail or an area specifically designated for nature walks?  The best way to burn calories is by walking, so whichever type of path you take, you will be giving your body the activity and movement that’s better than sitting on the couch for weight loss.

Paved Trails Used By Backpack Hikers

Paved Trails Are Easy Hiking

Day backpack trips on a paved trail are often combined as a biking trail.  You will see hikers and bicyclists there enjoying the outdoors.  These trails are generally winding paths through urban suburbs and cities in a very natural setting to give a feeling of being in nature without viewing a city atmosphere.  You might also see hikers who are strolling on boardwalk trails, which often cross over water or marshy ground.  Walkers sometimes go without a hiking backpack. This makes no sense because you’ll need to bring certain essentials even if only for a few hours.  Some necessities you may not even anticipate needing, but you’ll be very glad you had them. 

Circumstances and elements change while hiking that may be unforeseen, such as sporadic weather changes, hunger, thirst and hot sun.  You may balk at the idea of carrying something on your back, but the reality is, you need certain things readily and the extra few pounds are very beneficial for weight bearing exercise. 

We’re talking just a few extra pounds, not 20 or 30lbs. that long trek hikers carry. Even for a minimal trail hike, you need to consume water, reapply sunscreen, have regular snacks and may need a bandaid unexpectedly.  Those few items in your hiking backpack are useful and the light weight of the pack is good for the calorie burn of your hike as you walk at a steady pace beyond a stroll.

Dirt Path Trekking – Hiking Terrain Matters

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Dirt Trails Lead To Beautiful Scenery

Day backpack hikes on dirt trails are a typical type of trail many hikers prefer.  The difficulty of the terrain can vary on foot trails.  Some will lead to mountain tops, waterfalls, wildflower meadows or ponds.  The exploration aspect of this type of hike is not exceptionally challenging, yet can give you a good walking workout to help burn calories.  Exercise was never more fun or provided such sensory stimulation. 

Would you rather walk on a treadmill in a sweaty smelling gym, or among pine trees and wildflowers on the trail?  Dirt paths may have a rock or gravel base, but usually isn’t too difficult to navigate.  Inclines on the path will help you use mild exertion which is a plus when you are hiking for weight loss.

Off Trail Paths For Adventure Hikes

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Wooded Off Trail Path

If you want to attempt a more rugged experience without the confines of a specific trail outlined, you can follow an area map to lead you to a particular destination via woods, hills or wilderness.  The terrain will consist of dirt, grass and rock, which will give your legs a workout. 

On this type of hike, trekking poles are advised to keep your balance so you don’t fall from uneven spots on the ground.  The stability of the poles will help you navigate and also provide more of an upper body workout to enhance your hiking experience in regards to energy burn.  Most trekking poles fold, so that when you are hiking level ground, you can attach them to your hiking bag until the terrain changes.

Climbing Hike Trails To Amp Up Calorie Burn

Climbing Is A Great Hike

A day backpack trip, since you love being outside, climbing during your hike is excellent for weight loss.  You may think rock climbing is too strenuous, but we’re not talking on the side of a mountain.  A hike that has an uphill rocky terrain is one you can easily navigate.  Once you commit to this physical challenge, you’ll begin to feel confidence and see yourself in a different light.  Your subconscious will lean toward right food choices and behaviors.  Your initial 30 minute paved trail hike will escalate to a 3 hour outdoor excursion that makes you feel like a badass when you accomplish climbing and hiking goals.

Muscle helps burn fat while you are climbing over rocks or hilly terrain. You’ll be building muscle, toning your arms and legs, and improving your overall flexibility. As you build muscle through hiking, your body starts to burn fat resulting in lower numbers on the scale…all while having a great time!  You’d have to work so much harder at the gym to break a sweat, and the best part is, it will happen at whatever pace you choose.

Hikers; Forget The No Pain-No Gain Theory For Exercise

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Day Hiking In The Great Outdoors

Day backpack hiking, unlike neighborhood walks, will burn more calories.  Just hiking three times a week for 30-60 minutes will produce significant results on the scales.  How many times have you planned to go to the gym to lose a few pounds and ended up making excuses every time?  Hiking is so much more enjoyable. It doesn’t feel like dreaded exercise, yet it will help cancel out that pizza you ate at a party.  Food intake should be monitored, but the distraction of hiking helps curb random snacking when you are bored.  

The added activity of hiking, along with healthy eating habits will make you feel better. Hikes help you drop some weight without feeling like you’re in boot camp or starvation.  Choose frequent healthy snacks during your hike, like protein bars, low fat granola or fresh fruit.  Plan to have a light snack every 90 minutes of your hike to maintain energy levels.

You don’t have to do boring reps of non-stop push ups or grueling hours on an elliptical machine for your calorie burn. You can enjoy the outdoors with a whole lot of serenity mixed in. Hikes will become something you look forward to instead of avoiding.  What you will need to do to avoid the pain part of no-pain/no-gain is some mild stretches before and after your hike.  It is important to limber up muscles that may have been sedentary for a long time before you expect them to move through your hike.

Your Weight Loss Hiking Story

Nature Trail Backpacks is interested in how you have lost weight hiking. Are you maintaining a healthy weight through regular weekly hikes? Please comment below to help other hikers feel motivated like you are. We would love to be part of your weight loss story and your hiking journeys. We wish everyone happy hiking!