Backpacking is an incredibly unique way to see the world. Not only do you get to see things you just wouldn’t see from behind a window, you’ll meet people that can change your world, whether they give you a piece of life advice, or just offer you a chocolate bar. If you’re thinking about setting out on foot with just your pack for companionship, make sure you do your homework ahead of time for a successful trip.
Watch Your Pack’s Weight
You’d be surprised by all the stuff you think you need when all you can have is what you can carry. But when you’ve hit the trail and you can barely lift your pack onto your back, you’d also be surprised at how quickly you start chucking stuff aside. The general rule of thumb is to not go above 30% of your bodyweight. For the average male, that’s about 55 pounds, and that’s a huge amount. Seasoned backpackers try to aim for 35-40 pounds for a more manageable load. Continue reading “The Road Less Traveled: First Time Backpacker Tips”