5 Expert’s Tips For 30+ Day Backpacking Journey
If you don’t want to make your trip miserable, proper planning is the best prevention.
Today, it is popular to have long backpacking expeditions, from the Pacific Crest Trail on the west coast to the east coast, the Appalachian Trail. So, if you have a big interest in joining the hikers to complete the epic journey, whether you are a beginner to the wilderness when it is all about 30+ day backpacking trip, it needs the solid planning and preparation.
Here are five tips to start your backpacking expedition:
1. The Destination
Invest your time to learn about the location that you are going to go. For example, you should know the climate and the landscape in the region. This is good to help you consider the best clothes to bring, the water you have to carry, and the needs of bear spray, and others. Learn more on your maps about the travel logistics and the trail. In addition, you should double check online such as the trail and the land management official websites and local ranger station. These are the best ways to learn the trail regulations such as the bear canisters, permits, and campfires.
If you learn everything in the region you will be spending for 30 days, it makes you able to understand and appreciate the environment much better. For example, you can learn about the animals or plants you should keep your eye out for. If you travel to the international location, you should at least know how to help you to communicate with the local. The rule is always the same; the more you know, the better your trip will be.
2. Food And Water
Once you have planned the trail logistics, move to the next concern; fuel yourself. If you want to pack enough food to support your energy for long days on the trail but you cannot carry all of these things because of the weight. To solve this problem, you should pick the lightweight options such as dehydrated beans, pasta, instant rice, premade dehydrated meals, and high-energy trail food (dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate).
For the water capacity needs, it depends on the landscape and climate of your destination. For example, you will need more water capacity if your trip is in the desert than in the mountains with the streams per mile to drink. We think that it is enough to bring two 1-liter water bottles. In addition, you may need a hydration system so that you can boost your water capacity to five liters or more. Once you have solved your water needs, you should make sure that the water treatment method is reliable for example the water filter, a new bottle aqua-Mira, and others. It is also good to have a backup method such as bringing an additional bottle contains iodine tablets in the pack to pump breaks.
3. Emergency Ready
There is always something happening that you don’t expect. The wilderness first aid kit perhaps help you at first, but it is good to follow some medical training options such as Wilderness First Responder certification and others before spending many days in the backcountry. In addition, you will need Personal Locator Beacons and SPOT devices. These are important for a backcountry emergency since the devices are able to send messages if you need a help.
4. Gear List
Do you know the type of gear you need for your journey? You should make sure that the gear list is according to the weather patterns of your destination. Do you need to bring some warm layers and a mid-weight wool shirt? Do you need a rain jacket? Decide what you will need and check out what you already own. Also, consider the things you should purchase and rent. It is good to study up on the recommended gears to help you find the best gear list for your needs that suit your condition in the backcountry.
Besides, you have to make sure that you feel comfortable with the gear before heading to the destination area. You will need the right system to pack your bags and to keep your jacket dry efficiently. Also, you should understand how to build your tent quickly in case that you are in a rainstorm. This is good so the shelter is ready before all is wet. It is worth to check your gear in a good condition, your tent stakes and your stove works great.
If you have a big question about the most important item of gear to bring on your expedition, our answer will be the good pair of boots. You should not break the boots before you start the expedition. Otherwise, it will make your mood turns bad. Therefore, having a good pair of boots will make you happy because you have no problems at all with your feet. If you want to purchase the new boots before your expedition, you should wear it for couple full days, such as for walking up and down to some hills so you can break in your boots in various directions.
5. Prepare Physically
When you plan to have an extended expedition, it also means that you have to make sure your physical fitness is at a high level. If you have a good fitness condition, it does not a big deal to the summit a mountain with your 50-pound of the pack. Nevertheless, you should give your body time to get fit before you start the expedition.
If the expedition will begin in a few months, we suggest you start the training, especially for your daily regimen. You should help your body to feel comfortable while climbing up the steep hills, flighting the stairs, and even the unpaved terrain. It is also important to develop cardiovascular endurance such as going on runs around the hills in the nearest area. In addition, you should strengthen your legs by doing squats and lunges. Eventually, you can spend your weekend by planning a backpacking trip with your friends. Just be creative when you are about training yourself. You only need a fun training to do.
Other things you should do are to take more time to research on your destination, plan your food and water supplies, emergencies are also the prior. Other than that, test your gear and make sure that you feel comfortable with these things. Some physical training will make you do the trip with no burden. These tips are what you need when you are about planning your expedition so you are ready to handle the backcountry wildlife.