More people than ever before are heading out into nature. There’s just something about packing all of your food and shelter on your back and heading out into the wilderness. Whether your motivation is to get away from the stresses of daily life, enjoy a much needed mental break in the solitude of nature, or you want to explore places unknown, backpacking can do all of this for you — and so much more.
If you’re somewhat new to becoming one with nature and sleeping under the stars, or if your experience with hiking and camping looks something like walking the 50 feet from the car to the campsite — or better yet, getting out of the car and plugging in your pop-up camper, backpacking can seem like a big, exciting adventure. However, the success of your trip and more importantly, your personal safety, depends on making sure that you’ve planned appropriately and are fully prepared for the unexpected.Read more