Trekking Backpack Trip – How To Plan Yours

Backpack Hiking Need Not Be Complicated

Trekking backpack trips require packing contents for your weekend camping trip, where to go, and how to prepare. That may seem overwhelming. You may want to give it a try but not knowing how to get it all together, you might forego the thought. Are you worried you won’t pack the right things in your hiking bag and be stuck in the wild without something crucial? Are you afraid of nature?  What exactly is keeping you from enjoying the Great Outdoors overnight?  Here are some ideas and pointers to consider that will alleviate your anxiety allowing you to simply kick back and get your zen on.

Trekking Backpack Selection Is Crucial

Outdoor backpack choices provide a means to carry the necessities you will need for a few days of overnight hiking. You will need a hiking pack that stands up to the elements of rain or moisture in the air, a sturdy material that will endure the weight of your camping equipment and essentials, plus one of quality workmanship. If you are new to hiking and camping and have never experienced the extreme hassle of broken zippers and hiking backpack straps, do yourself a favor and stay away from cheap department store backpacking backpacks.  You won’t be just carrying a few books and a lunch bag; you’re not headed off to school. Also vital is a quality pair of waterproof hiking boots that you have worn a bit to break them in. Trust me, blisters are not fun.

Your trekking backpack , which is just another name for a hiking backpack, will need to carry certain camping gear such as a backpacking tent, either a one man tent or a 2 person tent depending on whether this is a solo hike or not. Try to keep it around 3-4 lbs for ease of carry. It’s wise to have a camping mat to put between the floor of the tent and your sleeping bag for warmth and dryness, and for sitting at the campfire to keep you dry from ground moisture. You’ll need a sleeping bag that is lightweight but provides insulation from the cold ground. Some folks use a camping pillow. I often use my hiking pack as a pillow. A battery-powered lantern and a flashlight with extra batteries, plus matches in a waterproof container are must haves. If you plan ahead, you can save some dryer lint and pack that for an excellent lightweight fire starter.

Camping Backpack – Tools For The Trail

Your outdoor backpack should always contain a waterproof map, compass (learn how to read it before the trip) and your phone with GPS. Never count on just your cell phone alone because some remote areas may not have cell service or your battery could die with no way to recharge it in the wild.  Carry some basic tools such as a Swiss army style knife, a headlamp, and zip ties. Even if you are not a cook, you may want a lightweight (less than a pound) backpacking stove that can boil water fast for dehydrated food, coffee or soup. You will need to consider the fuel type you will be using and what equipment comes with your stove as an all-in-one option or if you need separate pans and cups. I love my MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s compact, lightweight and inexpensive. Bring a Spork with you , which is a combo spoon/fork, or some plastic forks and spoons since they are light weight. Using that idea you risk them breaking in your hike bag.

Trekking Backpack Food To Bring

Dehydrated Foods Are Quick And Easy To Fix

Trekking backpack bags carry your essential food and water for the entire length of your excursion. You shouldn’t laden your hiking pack with heavy canned goods. Hiking|camping is different than driving your car to your camping spot where you can bring all kinds of dishes, pots and pans and silverware along. You need the minimal stuff. Dehydrated food that only requires boiling water is as simple as it gets.  Lightweight non-refrigerated breads, granola bars, ramen noodles and beef jerky are popular. You need a good combination of protein and carbs for nourishment while hiking. I like the brand Good-To-Go since it tastes like real food, not cardboard. Individual packets of peanut butter, cream cheese, mayo and jelly are lightweight food options, as well as packets of tuna, chicken and salmon. It makes sense to keep your food in a bear canister (even if you are not in bear country) to not draw any critters to your camping area.

Hikers Need To Stay Hydrated

A hydration backpack with a sleeve for a hydration bladder can holds a day’s worth of water.  For carrying your water in bottles in your backpacking backpack, you can refill them IF you know there are water sources along your hike that you have verified on your map. In that case you will need water purification tablets to make sure the water you drink will not make you sick. That would surely ruin your trip.  Plan on consuming at least 2 liters of water per day you are hiking.

Examples Of Things To Carry In Your Trekking Backpack

Trekking Backpack Packs – Clothing And First Aid

Your trekking backpack will also be your “luggage” for the clothes you will need. Depending upon the time of year you are hiking, it’s always a good rule of thumb is to dress in layers since you may begin hiking in the early morning when it’s chilly and end up sweating in the afternoon, so you can remove pants while you wear shorts underneath and a flannel shirt while wearing a tank top beneath. Suggested material is moisture-wicking pants like you might wear at the gym. Shirts should be of the same material. For a weekend, take 3 pairs of wool (never cotton) socks, 2 pair of underwear, a warm jacket, a hat, sunglasses and a bandana, which can be worn backwards as sun protection for your neck.  An extra pair of pants and T-shirt are always a good idea in case you get wet from a sudden rainfall.

A camping bag should always carry first aid items for cuts, scrapes or blisters while hiking. A must-have is duct tape, which is excellent when applied to blisters or cuts and has countless other uses.  For a weekend you shouldn’t need a whole roll, so you can wrap several yards around a pencil for a lighter load. Include bandages, triple antibiotic gel like Neosporin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol, Benadryl or similar anti-histamine in case of allergic reactions to plants or environment, plus an anti-itch medication and hand sanitizer.  Sunscreen is an absolute must, and you should reapply every 90 minutes. Antacid tablets, bug spray and any medications you take should be in a waterproof container.  This may sound like a lot, but some of these items you may not use very time, however, if you need them you will be darn glad you have them. Small sized tubes and bottles should be lightweight and not take up much room.  This list would actually have many more things added if you were hiking for longer than a weekend.B and camping overnight is an experience well worth every second. Good planning and preparation will insure the most pleasant of excursions. Whatever you may forget to pack the first time, I can pretty much guarantee you will remember on future hikes. Experience is always the best teacher.  Feel free to comment below if you have a tip or suggestion for new hikers. We were all new at it one time, so help is always beneficial.  Happy hiking!

Day Hiking Backpack Trekking – Inexpensive Therapy

Just Breathe

A day hiking backpack may be your answer to getting away and re-booting life. Could you benefit from some disconnect-from-the-world therapy?  Our jobs, family commitments and basic adult pressures make us prone to health-related illnesses both mental and physical. Are you anxious and stressed?  Do you pack so much in a 17 hour period every day that your heart can barely catch up with your mind?  Your body organs become overworked. You can make changes if you understand how simple it could be. Are you willing to consider the power of nature?

Small Hiking Backpack Can Produce Big Results

I Tried Meditating At Home

A day hiking backpack used in a day in the outdoors turned out to be just what the Dr. ordered.  When I was in my late 20’s I had some stress issues that I really did not want to take medication for.    My doctor suggested yoga or meditation. I felt kind of silly sitting a mat in the gym or on my living room floor trying to not be distracted. Sure enough, the phone would ring or someone would come to the door and my attempt at relaxation was aborted. After that happened a couple times, I could see that I might be in the right church, just the wrong pew. I knew I had think outside the box and take this to another level by going where calmness would outweigh anxiety…in nature!

Backpack Bags, Lunch and No Tech Devices

Day Hiking Backpack – A Link To Extraordinary Meditation

My hiking bag was packed and as I drove to a local hiking area, I had a sense of anticipation. It was different than the sense of dread I felt getting that darn exercise mat out. My daypack hiking mat seemed to have magical powers that eluded to something positive instead. As I started to hike the trail, I promised myself to be aware of my mind and body with every step. The first thing I noticed was how my breathing of the fresh air was stimulating. The hiking pack was the only weight I felt on my shoulders, and it wasn’t heavy like the weight I had been carrying around psychologically lately. I felt a sense of being re-charged and capable, not overwhelmed.  My heartbeat was steady with some elevation from my movement, but not the scary thumping I had been experiencing. I found a place to spread out my mat overlooking some gorgeous pine trees, blue skies and a meadow with a hint of wildflowers scattered here and there. I placed myself in my meditation position with my phone ringer off and deep into my outdoor backpack, only brought along in case I needed the GPS element. I didn’t close my eyes to shut out the world for a visual picture. I had all I needed right smack in front of me. I relished in the quiet unmistakable beauty of everything around me.

Regular meditation has helped millions of people ease chronic pain, anxiety, and stress. It has improved heart health, boosted mood and your immune system. Long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged. Don’t just take my word for it, check out this detailed article;

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/#722960841465

Do you agree that you could benefit from being in nature where the exceptional views absorb your innermost thoughts? It is doubtful that the same level of serenity will happen in your backyard on a blanket, but for times when you can’t get away for a backpack hiking, it could be the occasional filler if there are no neighbors, barking dogs or street noises.

Day Hiking Backpack – Hiking Extends Your Zen

Soothe Your Soul

For the ultimate re-boot in life, try camping overnight. Sensory stimulation from things like firelight, the sound of crickets, the twinkle of stars; they all have positive effects on your brain. I suspect that millions of people rely on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds and excessive alcohol or drugs for a synthetic “high.”  While I realize and respect that medication is vital in some cases, and addiction is a real thing, my biggest wish is that anyone stressed, worried, anxious or depressed would slip on a hiking bag and give nature a try. An open non-skeptical mind would be a great beginning to something powerful. You could start with a small daypack hike and work up to an overnight camping backpack trip. Some outdoor enthusiasts swear by solo hikes and others enjoy sharing the experience with a friend or loved one. Both are equally rewarding when it comes to experiencing the zen of Mother Nature. Happy hiking! https://naturetrailbackpacks.com/ – happy life!

Backpacking Backpacks – Collect Wild Edibles You Can Safely Eat

Have Fun Harvesting

Backpacking Backpacks – Eating Edibles In The Wilderness

Your backpacking pack should always contain nourishment for the hiking trail, but it is very exciting to forage for food in the wild. First rule of thought; in the wilderness, never eat anything unless you are sure what it is, especially plants. If you can’t identify it, don’t eat it. You should carry a book with photos in your hiking backpack to identify editable vegetation, berries and mushrooms. It’s also wise to take a survival course with knowledgeable experts who know the area you’ll be trekking in before you start exploring for food there. Do your homework first to keep from getting sick or even poisoned out there. At first, stick to making easily recognizable choices until you learn more.

Backpacking Backpacks – Enjoy Wild Berries

These are generally ripe May-June in warmer climates and July-Aug in cooler climates

  • Black berries
  • Raspberries
  • Wild strawberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Elderberries
  • Dewberries
  • Blueberries
Delicious Wild Blackberries

Backpacking Backpacks – Gather Plants For A Meal

Stinging Nettles (pick these with hands protected and boil them to eat)

Wild Asparagus (choose thin tender stalks that won’t be tough)

Cattails (shoots are best in Spring before they get tough)

Chicory (has bright blue flowers) you can eat the entire plant or roast the roots to make coffee. The leaves and flowers are bitter but really nutritious and are known to kill intestinal parasites. (I hope you are filtering your water!)

Dandelion Most people eat the leaves & stems, but the flowers are edible also.

Day Lily – These are as nutritious as they are beautiful.

Backpacking Backpack Bags – Collect Nuts For Snacks

Black Walnut – looks like a green tennis ball

Hickory nuts – have double nut shells with multi-chambered inner nutshell (don’t confuse with poisonous buckeye, which has a solid nut meat

Pine Nuts – from large pine trees

Hazelnut – grows east of the Mississippi from Georgia to Maine

 Beech Nut      The nut of the beech tree      

Outdoor Backpack – Fruits You Can Eat

Persimmon

Rose Hips  – tangy sweet from wild rose bushes (look for compound leaves and thorns on the bush)

Wild Grapes – will have curly tendrils. Do not confuse with the poisonous Canada Monseed (no tendrils)

Paw Paw fruit –  Found in August on trees near rivers in Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Black Cherry  – spit out pits. They and the cherry leaves are poisonous

Backpacking Backpacks  – Place Mushrooms Gently Into Backpack Pockets

Hiking gear usually provides many outer compartments that you can pick and store some fresh-picked wild mushrooms.   It should be emphasized here to read online or get a book to carry on the trail and know your ‘shrooms before eating them.  Always cook them and never sample them raw.  Here are four types that are safe to consume:

  • Morels – Typically available in Spring when lilacs and apple trees blossom
Morel Mushroom

  • Chicken Mushrooms – have overlapping clusters of thick, stem free fan-shaped caps growing on trees, stumps or downed wood. The tops are orange to yellowish-orange, with irregular edges that are often lighter in color. The undersides are blanketed with fine lemon-yellow pores. Caps may be smooth or wrinkled; they often feel suede-like but are never fuzzy or hairy. Available Spring – Fall.
Chicken Mushrooms
  • Giant Puffballs – looks like a volleyball off in the woods – typically 8-12 “ across and rests directly on the ground with no stem. They grow early summer–Fall. They inside must be pure white. If it is darker or has any shadowy shapes, discard it. 
Giant Puffball Mushrooms
  • Chantrelles – These choice edibles grow from the soil under hardwoods (particularly oak) and conifers, singly or in loose groups. The smooth caps are yellowish to pale apricot, ranging from 1 to 5 inches across. Edges are rolled under on young specimens, turning upwards and becoming wavy. The cap undersides have blunt-edged, shallow gill-like folds that continue partway down the stem; the folds can be peeled away from the cap in small sheets.
  • Stems are smooth below the folds and often paler than the caps. The flesh is whitish throughout. Don’t confuse Chantrelles with the toxic Jack o’Lantern, which has orange flesh throughout.  The gills are always a dead giveaway on the jack-o-lanterns.   Also, chanterelles tend to have slightly irregular caps with a dimple in the middle.
Chantrelle Mushrooms
Poisonous Jack-O-Lantern Mushrooms
  • When in doubt, throw it out.  Don’t chance eating a wild mushroom unless you are 100% certain of its identity.

Backpacking Backpacks – Hikers Find Joy In Food Foraging

It’s fun for backpack hiking trekkers to seek out sustenance through the woods and harvest some edible goodies to cook up at camp. It will make you feel like a modern-day pioneer. Even though you have plenty of grub in your hiking bag, hunting for and finding new things to eat in the wild, other than animals, feels very primal and rewarding. Do your research and give it a try. Happy hiking!

Hiking Bag Hikers Can Fix Almost Anything With This

Backpack Hikers Best Friend

Hiking bag hikers and trekkers still benefit from something made in the 1940’s. During World War II, the US military asked Johnson & Johnson to devise a waterproof, strong cloth based tape that could keep their ammunition dry. The GI’s called it “duck tape” because it was waterproof like a duck’s back. This ultra- sticky, multi-purpose adhesive has helped people since its invention with unimaginable ways to secure, mend and re-purpose new and broken items. Hikers can really get themselves out of many bad situations with Duck Tape.

Hiking Bag Properties of Duck Tape

Hiking Bag trail blazers already know the benefits of duck tape. Non-hikers have been using duct tape to fix and make things for decades. It’s likely that you’ve already used duct tape in a variety of ways.  The best qualities of duck tape are its durability and that it’s waterproof.  It mends all types of materials, even skin with a very secure and long-lasting bond that can keep moisture out and protect whatever you’re covering. One of the reasons why duct tape is so useful is because it’s so sticky to almost anything. Sometimes calledDuct” tape, it is one of the most versatile products ever invented. With enough duct tape you could literally repair or improve just about anything.

Hiking Bag Hikers Can Protect Their Skin

  • Hikers can remove Splinters if you have no tweezers. The sticky properties of duck tape allow you to slowly pull the tape in the opposite direction of the splinter entry. It may take a couple tries, but it does work.
  • If you have a tick on you, cover it with duck tape and remove it easily. It will stick to the tape.
  • Great for blisters or hot spots. Cover the blistered area with a piece of cotton gauze, the tape over that. Make sure the duck tape fully covers the cotton without touching the blister at all.
  • Make an occlusive dressing with duct tape because this tape is waterproof. This will not work if you are allergic to latex, which duck tape contains. Closing a wound that must be protected until you can seek medical help requires cleaning of the wound first with an alcohol pad so that it does not get infected inside and it heals faster. Close a gaping would by tearing off several strips of duct tape that are about 3″long by 1/4″ wide. Starting at one end of the wound, bring the cut edges together with your hand. They should touch but not be squeezed tightly. Tape them together, placing the tape perpendicular to the wound. Continue down the wound, leaving about a one-quarter-inch space between each strip. It will represent a butterfly steri-strip application you may have had done or seen before in a doctor’s office. Cover your strips with a clean cloth secured around your arm with more wide strips of duck tape.
  • Keep Your Feet Warmer.  You can help make your winter boots retain more heat by wrapping duct tape around the insoles of your boots. Make sure you insert them silver side up against your foot. The reflective surface of the duct tape will help reflect heat back into the soles of your feet by reflecting the warmth of your feet back into your boots.
  • If you trip and sprain your ankle, wrist, or other joint, wrap it with duct tape to give it some support.
An Easy Fix

Hiking Bag Hikers Can Easily Fix Their Gear

Outdoor Backpack hikers have found endless uses of duck tape for all of their backpack hiking gear.

  • Fix your tent. To hold your tent closed, repair a damaged zipper or patch a hole. Stick the door shut to keep it from flapping in the wind and keep the bugs and critters out.
  • Hiking Bag and rain gear mends; keep the dry stuff dry and keep the water out by mending your ripped rain gear with a few strips of duct tape. You can also fix any weak seams or tears in your hiking bag.
  • Fix your tool handles and seal your flashlight making it waterproof. How about bungee cord repair or wrapping around your matches or lighter to keep them dry.
  •  Have a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder? A little strip of duct tape will fix it in a jiffy. Be sure to dry the surface before you try to tape your patch in place since most forms of duct tape won’t stick to wet surfaces. You can also wrap plastic water bottles with duct tape to prevent cracking or leaking.
  • Need to create a shelter? With some trash bags and some duck tape you can construct a survival shelter roof, or sleeping bag cover, or even a wind break.
  • Fix a screen or mosquito netting.

Hiking Bag Duck Tape To The Rescue

  • Doing some creek crossing or get caught in heavy rain?  Wrap your hiking boots in duck tape for extra waterproofing. It may not be a fashion statement but your feet will stay happily dry.
  • Make yourself a clothesline for drying out camping clothes. Twisting a long piece of duck tape makes a great piece of rope for many purposes.
  • Instead of throwing a loose key, credit card or money into your hiking bag, you can duck tape it to the interior material with some duck tape to get at it easier without rummaging through your backpack.
  • Mark a trail by using duct tape so you can easily find your way back when you are on a new mission.  Wrap duct tape around trees along the trail. In this case fluorescent colors are great.
  • If you have fluorescent colored duct tape, you can try using it to signal for help by making a giant arrow that points to your campsite, or a giant S.O.S.
  • Fix Your clothes, gloves, ripped pants or shirts, socks with holes etc.
  • Eliminate snow, bugs, or gravel, you can keep it all out of your boots by taping duck tape at top of your boots to your pant legs.
  • Fix a broken trekking Pole
  • Keep a roll of duct tape on the ground or the floor of your tent to form a cup holder. When you need the roll, you’ll have easy access to it right away.
  • Tape a stick to a broken tent pole or fishing pole to make a temporary splint. It won’t last forever, but you could get a little more usage out of the pole before scrapping it.
  • If bugs are driving you crazy and you don’t have any fly paper on hand, you can hang up a long piece of duck tape to act as an effective piece of fly paper to get those flying nuisances.
  • Waterproof labels for preps can be attached to any of your items you carry in your backpacking backpack.
Fix A Leaky Water Bottle

Hiking Bag Backpackers Wonder Which Brand is Best

Your hiking pack, bugout bag and backpacking backpack should all have a roll of duck tape inside. Hikers should also add several rolls to their main outdoor backpack. Be aware there are different grades available from the dollar store versions to heavy-duty industrial versions.  You will want something in the middle making sure it is of the stronger and stickier variety but not as thick as the 3M stuff which would not be as pliable as the industrial types. The kind you want is found in places like hardware stores, Walmart or Home Depot and will tear easily and cleanly without requiring a knife or scissors to cut it. Some popular brands are the original Duck or Duck Cloth Tape, Gorilla Duck tape and Gaffer Power Steel Duck Tape. Redi-Tape Duct Tape comes in pocket sized, 5 yard packs for convenience.

Hiking bag disasters that might happen on the trail requiring repairs is easily alleviated by having duck tape on hand. It’s the tool you will always turn to in your hiking backpack time and time again. If you have some new uses for duck tape or if your hiking bag is beyond repair, come see us at www.naturetrailbackpacks.com. We would love to have your comments and feedback.