The ten essentials are all about being prepared. While you may not need all of these items on every trip, they can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.
Setting up a tarp can be useful for rainy backpacking trips – or in an emergency while hiking, a tarp can provide crucial shelter from the elements.
Before heading out on a hike or backpacking trip, use this list of links to learn more about current trail conditions, passes & permits, local weather, and more.
Having a campfire is often synonymous with backpacking, but before you build a campfire, consider the potential wildfire danger as well as the impact on the local environment.
Finding a suitable campsite can make the difference between getting a good night’s sleep, or tossing and turning most of the night. Where you set up camp also can have impacts on the natural environment, so it’s good to be aware of a few guidelines.
There’s no one way to pack a backpack, instead, practice loading until you find a method that works best for you. A well loaded backpack will feel balanced and won’t shift around when hiking, providing stability on trail.
Tips for setting up a camp kitchen, how to store food in the backcountry, and a step-by-step guide to hanging food using the PCT method
One of the most important sources of info about hiking and backpacking destinations are the rangers who manage the public lands we recreate in.
One of the biggest obstacles for new backpackers is how to deal with going to the bathroom in the backcountry. There’s really nothing to fear, but before you go, learn how to lessen your impact on the local ecosystem following these guidelines.