Backpacking 101 – One Bag and You’re Out – Travel Channel


[music playing] I own a backpack. Does that mean I’ve
been backpacking? ONEIKA RAYMOND (VOICEOVER): If
this is your idea of roughing it, it’s time to get in touch
with your inner Bear Grylls before you set
foot on the trail. Here are 10 basics to
know before you go. Congrats. You’re going backpacking. Ready to explore
the great outdoors? Ready to explore
the world on foot, while carrying all my stuff. There may be a day
when you go full wild and hike the whole
Pacific Crest Trail. That day, my friend,
is not today. Plan a short trip with a
couple nights to get yourself acclimated, like a section
of the Appalachian Trail. It’s a walk in the woods,
not a month in the woods. While you might want to jump
on the trail this weekend, a little lead time
can help a lot when it comes to preparedness. Plus, most parks require
back country permits and camp site reservations,
which can be booked up during the high season. Unless you’re super
fit, you should be training for your
first backpacking trip. Start up to 12 weeks
out and aim for three to five workouts per week. Plus, you should plan a
few day hikes in your area, packing the full weight
you plan to carry. Those day hikes are the
perfect time to learn about dressing for backpacking. Wool is where it’s
at on the trail. It’s cool in summer
and warm in the winter. Plus, it wicks wet and curbs
the inevitable hiking BO. Ew. ONEIKA RAYMOND (VOICEOVER):
Hey, it happens. Over your wool base layer,
add a lightweight, long sleeve shell or button up in another
breathable, quick drying fabric. Complete the layers
with a fleece jacket and a waterproof shell. On the bottom, start
synthetic underwear and top with nylon hiking pants. Don’t forget the wool socks. Add an extra shirt or two,
plus clean clothes to sleep in. And that’s all you need. Joggers won’t do for
a backpacking trip. You’ll need a good
pair of hiking boots. But first, you’ll
need to break them in. Start by lacing them up
indoors with the wool socks you’ll wear on the trail. Then, walk around the block. Feel any pain points? Try adjusting the laces. If they pass those tests,
they’re cleared for a day hike. Individual camping items
may seem light on their own. But the weight adds up when
you put them in your backpack. Your loaded backpack
should be no more than 20% of your body weight. For a 150-pound man,
that’s 30 pounds. Get everything you plan
to pack in your bag. Then, throw it on
a kitchen scale. If you’re going for
30 pounds total, it should weigh around 25
pounds without food or water. One mistake to avoid. Often, new hiker’s buy
a pack that’s too large. A 50 to 60 liter
backpack is small enough that it’s hard to overpack, but
big enough for weekend trips and beyond. Your first backpacking
trip is not the time to embrace your inner chef. Cast iron skills
are heavy, dude. Embrace minimalism
with a camping stove, a pan, cup, and plate. For breakfast, have coffee
and oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit. Bring jerky, granola bars,
and trail mix to snack on, almond butter wraps
for lunch, and try dehydrated meals for dinner. Aim for 1.2 to 2.5
pounds of food per day. And always bring an extra
couple of meals, just in case. A word on water, bring more
than you think you’ll need, plus a reusable water
bottle and purifying drops. Even the cleanest looking
stream could have bacteria that will make you sick. So don’t skip over
that crucial step. Believe it or not, what you pack
where makes a big difference in your comfort level. In general, put
the heaviest gear in the center of the pack and
light gear away from your back. Keep items you need
easy access to on top. It’s almost
unavoidable that you’ll overpack the first time around. You should prepare for
every possible eventuality and bring extra
food, just in case. You’ll learn your trekking style
over time and adjust your pack. In the meantime, keep getting
friendly with those dumbbells. Newbies often adjust the
straps incorrectly too, making the pack feel
way heavier than it is. Line up the waist belt on
your hip bone, then tighten. Then, pull shoulder straps in
until the bulk of the weight rests on your hips. Finally, tighten those
compression straps to keep the center of gravity low. Feels better, right? Gross, but true. Pooping outside is a
fact of backpacking life. You’ll need a poop kit to
make it less difficult. Does your headlamp
have batteries? Do you have all of
your tent stakes? Is your first aid
kit out of bandages? Know before you go. At the risk of stating the
obvious, it’s remote out there. Never go alone on
your first trip. And make sure to
leave your itinerary with a friend or family member. Also, if you’re not 1,000%
sure that something’s edible, just eat trail mix instead. And know which plants you
shouldn’t be touching. Poison ivy, poison
oak, poison sumac. Plus, there are probably
bears and other critters that’ll go bump in the night. Research the area to know
what to look out for. Always keep your food
elevated, in a safe place, away from where you’re sleeping. The backpacker’s
creed, leave no trace. So leave what you find, be
it rocks, sticks, plants, or animals and bring what you
take, including all the trash you create. That way, it’s looking
just the way you found it for the next newbie. Don’t let overpacking
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