12 Things Backpackers Needs
Backpacking and hiking are age old and time honored traditions that have being practiced all over the world for ages. The health benefits of hiking are inexhaustible, and hiking greatly reduces the chances of suffering from a cardio vascular disease. Canadians and Americans hike a lot, which is reflected in the continuous development and sustenance of national parks. As beautiful and self enriching as backpacking for hiking is, we have over the years also heard grueling stories of how hikers suffered and even lost their lives while hacking. Preparing for hiking is very important, as it is the main determinant in whether or not you will enjoy or endure the hiking experience.
Below is a list of 12 things any backpacker needs in his bag:
1. Phone & Navigation apps are a must have for your backpack
There is nothing as frustrating as having your hiking trip being turned in to an involuntary labyrinth with you as the maze runner. Thanks to technological advancements, there are numerous Android and IOS apps which have been specifically designed to help backpackers and hikers to navigate treacherous terrains and still be able to find their way home. Some of these apps are even custom built to ease navigation in particular hiking locations. On the off chance that the app you are using malfunctions, you can always call or text for help. Phones are generally very slick and easy to carry, hence can easily be carried by backpackers setting out for a hike.
2. Power bank
Phones and the navigation apps in them can only be useful if the phone has battery power. There is a huge variety of power banks in the market which take a short time to be completely charged, but which can provide 24 hour worth of power to your phone. Power banks or at least a power bank is a necessity for every hiker’s backpack.
If you are going to be hiking for more than twenty four hours, then a tent is an absolute necessity for your backpack. After walking for hours with the load on your back, and with elements of whether and nature bearing in on you, there is no place like a tent to rest your weary self. A tent does not only protect you from the elements of whether, but also offers you privacy. For security reasons, it is advised that you pitch your tent alongside other hikers.
4. Sleeping Bag
What is a tent without a sleeping bag? Most sleeping bags available in the market now are easily inflatable, and take up very little space in the backpacker’s bag. They easily provide a layer for rest at night, and can be folded like an element of clothing and tucked away nicely into your backpack. This goes a long way to reduce the load of the backpack when you are on the trail hiking. You really get to appreciate the value of a sleeping bag, when you have hiked miles away from civilization, and just really need to crash.
5. Extra Food
The food industry has recognized the feeding needs of hikers, and is constantly coming up with innovative ways of providing nutritious meals for those involved in hiking. There is a huge variety to choose from, from cook-in-bag meals, which provides hikers with steamy nutritious meals without a need for fire, to energy bars, freeze-dried meal, and dried fruits. All of which can fit easily in to your backpack.
Toiletries are a must have for your backpack when hiking. Their importance cannot be overstated. Micro fiber towelettes could be the closest thing you will have to a shower when hiking, and toilet paper is crucial for when you have to go. You do not want to be in that awkward situation when you go, and then realize that you did not pack a toilet paper. Auch!!!!! Don’t dare use those leaves, you might be allergic.
7. Fire starter kit
Most fire starter kits have only two elements which can easily fit in to a hiker’s backpack. Fires are important for keeping warm at night and for warding off animals at night when camping. Fires also provide a means to heat up some of those freeze-dried meals which are essential energy providers when hiking.
8. Head Light
A head light comes in handy at night when you are searching for the perfect spot to pitch your tent. It also serves as illumination for the tent. An head light is a most for every backpacker, it is one of the things in your bag that can actually save your life.
9. Pen Knife
Pen knives are a hiker’s best friend. They can be used for opening cans, cutting ropes, in pitching a tent, and for a lot more.
10. First Aid Kit
First aid kits for hikers are light in weight, and contain the essential elements necessary to careter for minor injuries and bruises that may occur when hiking. Hikers on medication should also endeavor to consult their physicians and get appropriate medicines that will last the length of their hike, plus at least a day’s extra.
Hiking provides a unique opportunity for hikers to take incredible breath taking pictures of sceneries which will leave viewers mouths ajar. Some of the best pictures on display in prestigious galleries all over the world were taken during a hike. Cameras immortalize the entire hiking experience, and give you an opportunity to share your hiking story with others. Hence you must have one in your backpack.
12. Water, water and some more water
No need to add about the importance of water for us, especially when doing any type of intense physical activity such as hiking or trekking. It is always better to carry more water than you think you will need. Never underestimate the amount of water you will need - in this case it is better to have some more weight in your bag than to get to an undesired situation of lack of water. And.. what better way there is to carry your water than a ProNomad Thermos? ;)