Basic Backpacking Equipment

Your backpacking adventure can begin with a good backpack that fits your needs. Your basic gear that should include a good knife, a flashlight, a map, fire starter, a water bottle or canteen, and sunglasses, as well as a bottle of sunscreen and insect repellent. Additional items depending on the length of your trip may include a backpacking tent, sleeping bag, water purification straw and some type of rain gear. Remember that you will have to carry your gear long distances so keep weight in mind at all times when planning your venture. Shopping for backpacking equipment can be a lot of fun. Some of the gadgets and gear use technology that resembles space-aged objects. Other items you notice on store shelves may give you ideas for other uses they could have on tasks around the house.

Selecting A Backpack

Basic Backpacking Equipment There are a wide variety of choices available, but be sure to choose a backpack that fits your needs. Buying one that is bigger than what you require or has more zippers and pockets than actual storage space is a mistake. When choosing a backpack, select one that has proper support and padding in all the right places. Shoulder supports need to handle 40% of the total weight inside the backpack, so make sure construction is strong. Also, make sure the fabric is tough because your backpacking equipment is going to suffer plenty of abuse. Pull on seams hard and try to expose stitches. It should be tough to see them at best. Check to see whether inside seams are covered with fabric to help keep rainwater from seeping in. You can choose from top-loading backpacks or panel-loading backpacks. The advantage to top-loading backpacks is that they can support and contain a lot of items. The huge disadvantage is that you'll have to unpack everything to get that tiny piece of equipment at the bottom. Panel-loading backpacks allow you to have easier access but they have a tendency to let rain in through the zippers

Backpacking Safety

Know the type of terrain you will be navigating and match your gear and clothing accordingly. Check weather reports for any adverse weather conditions you may need to be aware of. If you are going to be alone, let others know before you leave where you will be and how long you plan to be there. Use common sense, don't over estimate your physical limitations.

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