When the city gets too busy, escape the chaos by going on a little hiking sojourn. But before you embark, make sure you have your gear in order. To help you do so, we have a few nifty tips for you.
Bring some plastic bags
Roll your clothes
Get the most out of your backpack space by knowing what to pack in which area. The bottom part is best for bulky gear that you will only need when setting up camp. The core zone is best for items, such as your clothing, while the top part is where you should place essential items you might need on the trail. Lastly, the accessory pockets are best used for things you often urgently need, such as water bottles.
Perhaps, it is being away from home’s comforts that makes backpackers, such pack rats. But the more you pack, the harder the hike will be for you. Here’s a tip: pack your bag with the things you think you need, unpack them, then pack only half of everything. Unless you are going on a really long hike, you don’t need to bring nearly as much as you think you do.
You don’t want your dirty clothes mixing with clean ones in your bag.Having a stash of plastic bags makes it super easy to to separate the two. It is also a great way to store wet clothes after a swim, or to stow away garbage until you find a designated disposal area. If it rains, you can use the same plastic bags to cover your bag for an extra layer of water protection.
Yes, your mom taught you to fold your clothes into nice little squares before storing them in a bag, but you’re camping and you need every little bit of space in your backpack. As such, it is better to simply roll your clothes instead of folding them. Your clothes may get crumpled, but who cares, you’ll be in the middle of nowhere anyway!
Stuff an extra set of clothing into your head net, use your trekking stick as a tent pole—with a little creativity, you can make your trekking items more hardworking so you can save even more space.
As with any adventure, it’s important to be well prepared. Hopefully, the tips given above will help make your next trek as hassle-free as possible. Happy hiking, fellow adventurers!