TOP 8 Useful Gear to Bring Backpacking

From the rugged coast of Maine to the serene beauty of Alaska, the United States is full of incredible backpacking destinations.

You’ll need to pack special items required depending on the area.

If hiking in California, you’ll most likely need a bear canister for food storage (a bearproof container will carry all your food). This is something that is required in bear country and backcountry camping.

Hiking above 11,000 feet, no open flames without a shut-off valve.

The first step is deciding on “where you’ll be hiking” to get the equipment you must have out of the way.

Besides specialty items, you’ll need basic camping and hiking gear.

For backpackers, weight is just as significant as the size of the tent. It’s okay to sacrifice some creature comforts to reduce weight.


Backpacking Tent

When it comes to hiking backpacks, you get what you paid for. You can find some deals, but we recommend not choosing the lowest option.


Hiking Backpack

Whatever sleeping bag and pad you decide on, it is essential to note that men’s and women’s sleeping bags are cut differently. For the sleeping pad, keep overall weight in mind.


Sleeping Bag and Pad

Dedicated backpacking meals are easy to prepare with a Jetboil.


Backpacking Stove and Fuel

Having the proper footwear is crucial for a comfortable and safe experience.


Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes

Paper maps offer a reliable means of navigating your way through unfamiliar terrain. They don’t require batteries or charging. GPS devices offer unparalleled accuracy and convenience regarding real-time navigation. To play it safe, why not use both.


Maps, GPS, or Both

Firstly, consider dehydrated or freeze-dried meals. They are easy to prepare and weigh less than canned or packaged foods. Secondly, protein bars and trail mixes are ideal for quick energy boosts on the go.


Backpacking Food

Typical items include: – Band-aids – Antiseptic wipes – Painkillers – Anti-inflammatory    medications Also considered supplies for serious emergencies, such as wound dressings, sterilizing agents, and even a tourniquet.


Backpacking Safety First Aid

Everyone has their way of doing something, especially experienced backpackers. This isn’t a specific packing list, but it will give you a good idea of what’s needed.

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