One thing you need to be careful of is packing your camping gear because you wouldn’t like to leave what is essential and weigh up you pack with unnecessary gear.
What you need on a camping trip would largely depend on the terrain and weather and whether there are some special requirements. Experience will make packing a little bit easier the next time.
Every camping trip will bring insights to whether your backpacking equipment were sufficient or whether you need something more. In the end it’ll be easier to pack to the bare minimum and enjoy some ultralight backpacking.
To keep your supplies from getting wet, a good idea would be to use 3 plastics inside your internal frame back pack. You can also use 3 large stuff sacks. The first bag at the bottom should be for clothes, fuel, camping stove and other heavy gear or stuff that don’t get used very often. The plastic bag in the middle should be for food and the one on top for electronics like your phone, GPS and PDAs.
Putting your wallet in your pocket may not be such a great idea as I one day found out. It took the whole day to dry the cash. Exterior pockets are great for organizing your gear.
Use ziploc bags to further organize your gear. You can separate your breakfast from your soap, socks, electronics, and more with this useful plastic bag. A must-have if you want to ensure that your gear stays dry.
Don’t forget the first aid kit. Anything can happen in the outdoors. A mess kit, bugspray, waterproof matches and whistle are important items to have. Put the items that you might need quick access to in the outer side pockets. You must know where you put important items and try not change where you put them. Losing things is not fun especially when it happens on a camping trip.
It is very important that you have enough food and snacks. Your body will need more food on a backpacking trip than normal because you will burn a ton of calories. You would only truly know how much food you need through trial and error and to be on the safe side it’s better to have too much food than not to have enough. This goes for water too. Carrying too much water won’t hurt as much as not having any. Don’t forget to bring some kind of water treatment system like a water filter or iodine tablets so that you can refill when the opportunity arises.
The best thing you can have on a hiking trip is a trail mix. The dried fruits provide fiber and nutrition while the nuts provide you a vital source of energy, natural fats. Energy bars and gels can also give you a boost. Chocolate will melt when it’s hot so avoid it in the hot summer.
If you can, try to avoid canned foods because they’re too heavy. You need to carry your rubbish until you can dispose of it properly.
Dehydrated foods are great for backpacking because they’re very light yet a very good source of nutrition and they taste great. For cooking, you need a camp stove. If you want to use less fuel but won’t sacrifice on performance then use a liquid fuel camping stove. They also work great in extremely cold weather unlike propane stoves that can freeze at a certain temperature and you may have to warm up the stove with your body heat first before you can light it up.
Your clothing should contain no cotton because cotton absorbs your sweat and being in wet clothes in cold weather is really bad. Synthetic or nylon fiber or wool clothing including socks, underwear,shirt and fleeces are quick drying.
If you don’t want to miss out anything, prepare a checklist. First brainstorm what you might need then look at other references on the internet or from hiking clubs. Then you decide which ones you really need and which ones you can be without.