Once summer finally rolls around, you realize you need to figure out what to do about the annual vacation. You could head down to the shore, buy a condo for sale in Fort Lauderdale, but a million other people had the same thought and won’t clear enough space for your beach towel. But if you want adventure, try a solo backpacking trip.
Simple camping and hiking trips re-create the sense of discovery that early pioneers had when exploring the untamed American wilderness. Yes, we live in an age when every nook and cranny on the globe is mapped by GPS. But, there’s a sense of self-discovery when you return home justified in your completion of an arduous journey.
There are still some important tips you need to know before setting foot on the brush.
The best provision you can bring is a good pair of shoes. Ordinary street shoes won’t cut it on rugged terrain. There are, however, certain brands of sneakers designed for jogging and hiking purposes.
Compliment your hiking shoes with some comfortable socks, as well. Heavy knit, woolen workman socks are great for long periods of walking and standing.
Before heading out the door, be sure to let everyone close to you know that you’re heading out for a hiking trip. Let them know what trail you plan on taking, what clothes you’re wearing and exchange phone numbers.
Taking a smart phone with you helps because many have built in GPS tracking features.
Maintaining food provisions is vital whether you hunt, forage, or pre-pack your grub. When preparing food for your hike, it’s important to focus on freeze dried fruits and vegetables, canned meats, beef jerky, air sealed cheeses, tortillas, bagged packages of rice and oatmeal, and assorted snacks and condiments.
Prevent having your food and belongings from being rooted through by tying a bear line. Be sure to clear any waste.
Hikers and campers have a lot on their plate when it comes to potential threats. Those on shorter trips lasting a day or a few hours typically bring their dogs for protection.
Longer journeys may require heavier protection like a firearm or, as an alternative, bear strength pepper spray.
When it’s just you and the elements, expect mean old Mr. Murphy to lay down the law. Just like food, you’ll need a healthy first aid kit.
Medical professionals recommend carrying two combat application tourniquets (CAT), Celox hemostatic dressing, pocket face mask, space blanket, Israeli bandage, three rolls of cling gauze, and the usual assortment of Band-Aids, disinfectants, and painkillers. Also consider purchasing anti-venom or a snake bite kit just in case you have a brush with some slithery customer.
Useful Trip Packing Resources
RFID Money Belt– This is the one thing, above all else, that you must take with you on the road. Make yourself completely safe from pickpockets, and keep your important documents safe!
Hanging Travel Toiletries Bag– We use this on the road, and it's a life-saver!
Foldable Bluetooth Headphones– We've had these headphones for a few years, and they're great! They take up very little real estate in your bag, and are pretty tough for an affordable set of bluetooth headphones.