Happy Trails: Tips For New Backpackers

Welcome back to our blog! Last week, we talked about deciding on whether to travel to an event or to just stay at home. This week, we’ll be focusing on one method in particular you can use to get to events you’d like to attend: backpacking.

While some people feel that backpacking doesn’t have as far a range as other forms of transport, backpacking can actually get you pretty far with the right amount of preparation. Here are some tips to help make your trip go smoother:

Plan Your Itinerary

While this is true for all forms of travel, especially ones with an agenda, a backpacking itinerary is very important. Unlike booking a plane and a hotel, backpacking will require you to really plan out your trip. What methods of public transportation will be available to you? What timetables do they follow? How many rest stops will you need to make on the way? Are there rest stops within your budget? These are all factors to consider, especially if you want to make it to the event you’re aiming to get to on time. Not knowing the transportation timetables can be the difference between enjoying those hard earned seats at the game and missing the game entirely!

Make Sure Your Gear Is Good

One trap a lot of people who want to go backpacking is being concerned over whether the gear they have looks good, rather than if it IS good.  That fashionable backpack won’t be so great when your back is aching or your shoulders are stiff! Choosing a brand that’s trendy over a brand that’s known to be tough and reliable can also hurt in the long run if your backpack starts falling apart on you! The gurus over at Backpacker have some solid tips on choosing the right backpack for you and your trip

Know Your Budget

Sometimes it’s really tempting to splurge on a hotel or meal when you near your destination. This isn’t a problem if your budget allows for it. Overspending, however, can lead to a lot of problems if you don’t have a backup plan. Knowing how much you can spend on a daily basis is essential in making sure that both your trip to your destination and your trip home are safe and comfortable, especially if you’re backpacking abroad.

Enjoy The Trip

When backpacking, don’t forget the trip is just as important as the destination. If you’re going to rush through the trip, then perhaps backpacking isn’t the best form of travel for you. When you plan your itinerary, remember to give yourself ample time to be able to take in the sights and enjoy the locales you’ll be passing through on your way. There’s a lot to discover on the trail that you’ll miss completely through other forms of travel.

Have you tried backpacking before? How far did you travel? Do you have any tips for new backpackers who are eager to start? How about encouraging anecdotes for those who are apprehensive? Do you have any “must visit” areas you’d recommend to other backpackers? Be sure to let us know!