Checklist for a three-day backpacking trip
If you’re worried about the CIA spying on you through your smart TV and your Internet provider selling your private search history to the highest bidder, there’s only one thing to do: leave technology behind and disappear into the wilderness. Get off the grid, pack your pack, and be invisible to spying eyes, even if it’s just for a three-day backpacking trip.
You need a backpack!!
Let’s get the obvious items on your three-day backpacking checklist out of the way, shall we? You’re going to need a backpack on your backpacking trip. Otherwise, you’re not so much backpacking as you are walking around. Going for a walk is great, but if you’re going to be gone for a few days, we recommend a backpack. And a tent. And a sleeping bag. Oh, and three days’ worth of food.
Always know where you’re going
It’s true, we’ve got a lot of fun gadgets and accessories, but we recommend that you leave the batteries and the GPS behind. Keep it old school with a map, a compass, and a watch. We’ve gotten too used to using the Internet to tell us what to do and how to do it; having to use your head is a welcome change of pace.
You’ll need the map to keep you oriented, the compass to keep you moving in the right direction, and the watch to keep track of the sun, so you don’t get stuck setting up camp in the dark.
Prepare for the rain
Nature loves irony. If you forget to prepare for rain, you can be sure that you’ll hit a rogue rainshower at some point. Whereas your clothes may dry as soon as the sun comes out, your map may not be as resilient. If you only remember one thing, have it be a waterproof map. The quickest way to spoil a good backpacking adventure is being stuck in the mud, soaked from head to toe, with the sun setting and the map quickly crumbling and dissolving between your fingers.
Prepare for the sun
The second quickest way to spoil a backpacking adventure is to underestimate the power of the sun. You may think the shade from the trees is protecting you, but that growing shade of lobster says differently. By the time you can see your sunburn, it’s too late. Even in the rain, the sun will power through, so bring a good sunscreen. Again, we recommend that you bring waterproof sunscreen because if you don’t, guess what’s going to happen? Yup, rain!
For every outdoor adventure, prevention is always better than a cure. We’ve got the best brands of backpacks, tents, and accessories so you are prepared for any trouble that may arise. The rules of nature state that by preparing yourself for trouble, you end up avoiding it all together. Not always, but most of the time.
Talk to us about putting together a backpacking rental package for your next outdoor adventure.