How to plan a backpacking adventure
A backpacking adventure can be a really exciting and unique experience no matter where you go. Spending time out in new environments and new countries is sure to leave you with a lot of happy memories as the trip goes on.
Before you go, it’s important to take a step back and spend time planning out the trip to ensure the experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. There’s plenty that you might have to consider, so, with that in mind, here’s how you can plan a backpacking adventure.
Scope of the adventure
A backpacking adventure can cover a range of different locations, distances and environments depending on what you’re looking to experience.
On one hand, you could opt for an adventure that lasts a few weeks and takes you around a number of European countries that you’d love to see. On the other hand, you might decide on a few days hiking a local mountain range instead.
Both are certain to provide a memorable and exciting backpacking adventure experience. However, you should consider that each trip will be markedly different and preparing for each one will require different degrees of planning.
For example, travelling across Europe can be a little more relaxing and easy-going. You might be a lot closer to civilisation for the duration of the trip, meaning you’re closer to food, aid and shelter more often.
Spending days in the mountains means you’ll spend more time hiking through uneven and potentially awkward terrain, as well as being away from any help or support.
Once you’ve decided on the kind of backpacking experience you’d prefer, you can get a better feel for how to prepare for it.
Wherever you head and whatever you plan to do, route planning is an important part of any backpacking adventure.
How this works can vary depending on the kind of trip you’ll head on. You’ll want to consider things such as:
- How well-travelled a route is — ask for advice from friends who’ve been before to get a better feel for certain areas.
- How long you’ll go between stops — This could be how long you’ll hike each day, or how many days you spend in each country
- Kinds of terrain you’ll navigate — Will any of your travel be more strenuous or difficult to traverse, meaning you could spend longer than anticipated on the move?
Researching the areas you’ll head to first can help give a better sense of structure to your adventure.
You might find that plenty of other backpackers have certain trails they enjoy navigating more than others, or have advice on the best spots to camp at for the night. For country-spanning adventures, you might find out more about the best methods of travel, or best hostels to stay at while you’re in each country.
Effectively packing for any situation
Before you leave on a backpacking adventure of any length, it’s important to make sure you’ve packed properly and you’ve brought the right kinds of supplies with you. It can be helpful to divide things up beforehand to more thoroughly review your needs.
Weather can change quite drastically over the course of a single day, let alone a few weeks. Reviewing weather forecasts in advance can be helpful to ensure most of your trip takes place during clear weather, but it’s important to come prepared all the same.
Make sure you’ve got sturdy hiking boots that can keep you steady on your feet in any terrain. It can also be helpful to pack a set of waterproofs that can be easily worn if the weather worsens.
If you’re planning on sleeping outdoors, make sure you pack a high-quality tent that’s lightweight and easy to travel with. It should also be one that’s easy to set up and quick to pack up before the start of your day. Knowing you don’t have to struggle to set up shelter after a long day’s hike can be particularly reassuring.
If you already have accommodation accounted for, such as hostels, then you’ll be able to travel a little lighter, making getting from one place to another that little bit easier to manage.
Food will likely be one of the most important packing considerations for any backpacking trip. You’re going to be on your feet and on the move for most of the day, so you’ll need to keep your energy up throughout the day. This could be done by eating out and stocking up in each new place you visit. However it can be worthwhile to bring a supply of food with you.
Consider bringing around 2500-3000 calories worth of protein and carb rich food. To keep weight down and use what space you have more efficiently, avoid bringing glass jars or metal tins. Try to bring only essential cutlery too, as pans can add a lot of weight.
Instead, consider bringing food and meals that are easily stored in plastic bags, such as nuts, rice, and dried fruits. Food that doesn’t need much preparation also means it’s easy to eat while on the go.
How Summit To Eat can improve your backpacking experience
While on a lengthy backpacking adventure, it can really help keep you motivated knowing that you’ve got food that tastes great and is easily prepared no matter where you are in the world. This is especially the case during particularly exhausting hikes where keeping energy levels high is important.
Summit To Eat can help make your backpacking adventure much more enjoyable and easy to prepare for. We provide a wide range of freeze-dried meals that can be the perfect addition to your adventure preparation, great to end a tiring day with some familiar home comforts, or start your day with a breakfast that’s packed with nutrition. All our meals and ingredients are:
- Freeze-dried to create a lightweight, easy to store meal
- Easy to prepare – simply add water to the pouch and wait for the meal to rehydrate
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Nutritious – bursting with carbohydrates and protein to give you energy and keep you feeling satisfied