Planning a Backpacking Trip, Part I

One of the best experiences a person can try is backpacking. Removing yourself from the buildings, the people, and the general hustle and bustle can be one of the best ways to reconnect with the most important things in life. Backpacking is a step above camping in terms of a reset, because there are even less resources readily available. You have less with backpacking, but in this way, you have so much more. In the moments of backpacking, you understand how great and vast our world is, and how lucky you are to be a part of it.

Planning a backpacking trip can seem like a somewhat daunting task, but it is completely worth it and definitely attainable. In Part I of our backpacking blog series, we will address some of the preparation aspects that go into planning this type of outdoor experience. Read on to find out some crucial factors that go into determining a backpacking trip, and shop Barocook for flameless cookware to make your trip go as smoothly as possible.

The Destination

There are several key pieces to figuring out your backpacking trip, the first of which is determining where you want to go. Take a look at some of the things to consider when planning your destination.

  • Timing: If this is your first backpacking trip, you’ll want to keep the trip short and in as optimal conditions as possible. For backpacking rookies, start with only going for a night to get a feel for this type of rugged adventure. Reflect on what time of year makes the most sense for you, how much time you think is appropriate, and consider factoring in some recovery time. As an example, if you’re planning a 30-mile hike and backpacking trip over the course of two days, you might want to give yourself a rest day before jumping back into societal obligations like work or school.
  • Location: For a first-timer, pick a location that you either know very well, or one that can practically guarantee easier conditions. Backpacking in the Sonoran Desert in July, for example, is not a good idea if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain from a backpacker’s perspective.
  • The Gear

    What to bring on your backpacking adventure can be broken down into several parts, but the important thing to remember is to strike the balance between packing as light as possible, as well as including the essentials. Carrying too much weight is going to be a huge hassle, but not having enough of the necessary gear can mean facing certain dangers as well.

  • Drink: Water is perhaps one of the most important things to remember. If you’ll be in a place without a water source, you’ll have to bring substantial amounts of water with you. In the event you’ll be near a lake or river, invest in a water filter and some corresponding containers to make water less of a concern.
  • Eat: When figuring out what to eat, strive for foods that are lightweight, nutritionally dense, and will end up with as little waste as possible. Dehydrated foods and/or pasta are pretty solid choices to go with, as many only need water and a heat source to be activated. Oftentimes when backpacking, it’s better to assume that a fire is not going to be a possibility, due to fire restrictions or bans. This is important to consider when planning what to bring in terms of dining.
    Additionally, eating often requires some form of food prep, which means flameless cookware is a must. Bringing a Medium Thermal Cooking Pot will provide a relatively lightweight option for heating and preparing foods. With one of our heating packs that is activated by water, you’ll be ready to go!
  • Sleep: You’ll need to have the proper tent and sleeping bag for the trip, and a great suggestion is investing in gear that is specific for backpacking. Since you’ll be carrying everything, you’ll need a tent and a sleeping bag that are very lightweight.
  • Tools: Having a multi-purpose knife (like a Swiss Army Knife) is a good thing to have, since it’s one of those items that can come in handy in any number of situations. Not to mention, it’s small!
  • Clothing: Check the weather, think of the conditions, and like with everything else, keep it light. It’s better to have one outfit that you wear the whole time instead of packing less on other essentials and more clothing items you won’t use or need.
  • In our next blog, we’ll go into important things to consider when actually out on the trip. When starting to plan your trip, take the time to get the gear you need to be prepared. Invest in Barocook flameless cooking gear today!