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Hiking 101

hikingThe best type of backpacking uses a loose structure of planning. That is not to say you choose random destinations in the middle of a trip, because it’s irresponsible to not have someone know where you will be, but planning around a central location where you can go on day hikes can be the most fun. Day trips allow you to go light weight which lets you to go further and see more in a day. Often times when going on hikes that have different destinations every night you find yourself thinking about how much there was to see at the last camp site that you just didn’t have the time to see. A ten minute hike could have taken you to see some of the most beautiful scenery left untouched by civilization and you missed it because you had to leave in order to make it to the next camp site. It seems a fruitless labor to spend your time hiking to see nature in a new way just to sprint off before you have the chance to fully enjoy everything there is around you.

Day hikes also help to cut back on back problems that arise as a result from carrying 50-70 pound packs while you hike. If you are spending your hikes going from location to location every day then chances are you are carrying a lot of weight in order to set up camp every night. Again, you are putting yourself in physical jeopardy for no other reason than to sleep in a different place every night. When backpacking excursions are planned around the idea of incorporating day hikes, the time spent with a heavy backpack on is reduced by a significant amount.

The final cog in the planning of a hiking vacation is the preparation of your materials. You need a good backpack, one that can carry all you need it to carry, that has a good support system for your back, and is light enough that you don’t hurt yourself by carrying it. A good day pack is also a necessity, one that has the compartments for some food and water but that doesn’t need to be big enough to carry campsite equipment. On that note, campsite equipment that is necessary would be: a rain-proof tent, a stove, some rope for practical and emergency purposes, and as a general rule I would always advise a good tarp which can be handy in a number of ways. Some other hiking equipment that is always good to have would be: broken-in hiking boots to avoid blisters and rolled ankles, several good pairs of socks, toilet paper and a means for sanitarily packing it to a trash can, food that is light weight with a high calorie content to keep up your energy, and obviously a first aid kit. This is just a basic list, and should not be viewed as a compiled list of everything you need, but if you have these items while you’re hiking you will count yourself lucky when you find that you need them.

Planning the Ultimate Camping Trip

campingPlanning the ultimate camping trip does not need to be a challenge. Planning can be a very enjoyable experience. The best camping trips are those that have been planned out. Organizing and planning will provide a hassle free trip. The following information will assist in planning the ultimate camping trip.

Backpacking Gear Baton Rouge
Every camper should begin planning for the ultimate trip by preparing a backpack. Backpacking gear Baton Rouge is indeed very popular and necessary for all camping trips. Begin preparation by packing the gear with necessary items that will be used for hiking and camping.

Items to Pack in Backpacking Gear
Every camper should pack a flashlight, a lighter or matches, sleeping bag, extra clothes, jacket, sunscreen, and a pocket knife. The hiker will want to wear shoes or hiking boots that have been broken in. Wearing new shoes or boots will ruin the hike. The camper will also want to take along a rain poncho. Rain can appear at any time and the ultimate camping trip is a success when the camper is dry. Take only needed items in the backpack because the lighter it is, the easier it will be to carry it.

Make a Tentative Itinerary
The best camping trips are those which combine relaxation with activity. There is something wonderful about camping in nature. The views are breathtaking and the sounds of nature are soothing to the soul. The ultimate camping trip is one that soaks in both of these features of nature. Activity is also relaxing in that it provides a means to see what is available where the trip is taking place. Check on the internet and plan the activities that should not be missed. Include these into your trip. Most campgrounds offer various activities to do. Hikes, tours, swimming, bicycle trails, canoeing, and much more. Take in all that is available and then relax around the campfire.

Camp Cooking
The ultimate camping trip includes meals made over a campfire. There are numerous web sites available in order to plan out all meals before the trip. The importance of planning meals is so that items needed for the meal will be on hand during the trip. There are also many thrifty ways to pack the food that will be taken on the trip.

The ultimate camping trip is one that is planned. Everyone wants to make new memories, and to have a great experience while camping. Plan the menu, make an itinerary, and prepare the backpacking gear baton rouge in order to have a great trip. Memories last a lifetime, so make them great!