The best way to start as a backpacker is to make sure you’re prepared for anything that might happen during your trip. You never know when you’re going to get lost, run out of money, or need medical attention. I’ve traveled all over the world and learned so much along the way. So here are some tips on how to make your first few months in backpacking as smooth as possible.
The More You Pack, The Heavier Your Backpack Is Going To Be
First of all, you want to keep your backpack as light as possible because it will make traveling easier for you and also allow for more room in case anything else comes up during your trip. If there is one thing that you should do, you should pack light.
The less stuff that you have with you on your journey, the better off everyone will be (including yourself). It might seem counterintuitive at first but if you were talking about any other hobby or activity, like fishing or golfing, this would be common sense advice too.
Pack Clothing That Can Be Layered Or Rolled Up Into A Compact Bundle
The first thing to remember is that layers are better than one thick jacket. This means that you need to pack clothing that can be layered over each other or rolled up into a compact bundle. Cotton is also going to be your enemy in this case, and avoid it if possible because it takes up more space than synthetic materials, which tend to be more compressible and thus take up less room in your bag.
One Pair Of Shoes Is All You Need For Backpacking
You’ll want to bring one pair of shoes for your trip as a backpacker, and that’s it. You may be tempted to bring two or three different kinds of shoes (one for hiking, another for going out at night), but this is unnecessary because they will all get dirty.
You can wash them in a river or lake if they get too bad, and just be careful not to let them dry out on their own! If you don’t want to do this yourself every day, buy cheap shoes that you can replace every few months as needed. Or invest in waterproof footwear so that nothing ever gets stained or smelly.
Consider Buying A Sleeping Pad For Camping
When you’re backpacking, sleeping pads are a great way to make sure that your trip is as comfortable as possible. They provide insulation from the ground and help keep you warm during cold nights. Sleeping pads can also be used for camping trips or other outdoor activities like hiking or climbing, as they’re much more affordable than renting one from a hostel or hotel.