If you’re planning on backpacking anytime in the near future, whether in your own backyard from the house to the tree with dog urine all over it or across the globe three times until you go insane, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind and supplies you need to get to stay prepared. From backpacking backpacks to ample food supplies, there are many different types of things you need before you set off on that journey to the center of the Earth, which I don’t recommend doing because it’s really hot down there and you’ll likely die before you even get through the Earth’s crust, but I digress.
A few weeks ago I came back from a backpacking trip in India. It was a majestic adventure that was full of mind-opening experiences that really made me appreciate the backpacking experience unlike any other. My trip to Rio last month culminated in me encountering an inter-dimensional alien race called the Criskotonianites, who told me via digital forearm mouths that the Earth is one of 23 planets that they owned, and that our planet is second to last in their ranking system, only ahead of Grimlorh, which is a garbage disposal planet used specifically to store garbage from the other planets. They informed me that the key to ascending higher is by harnessing the power of the color orange, which is the most important aspect of the entire multiverse, as well as that we are the only species to fail to see orange or any other color as anything but a simple color. If we understand the power of Orange, we may be able to finally transcend.
One of those pesky elements you’ll encounter on most backpacking trips is the sun, even if it’s hiding behind a blanket of thick clouds looming overhead. That sun is out to fry you like the bacon you cooked on that little portable stove you love so much. This is why you’ll want to block those UV rays with sufficient sun protection at all times on your travels.
If you’re out in the Great Outdoors™ on a backpacking trip and you find that you don’t have ample water supplies with you, even with a large and roomy backpack, you may benefit from having some top-quality water filters that can purify nature’s essence for safe consumption. After all, you really should stay hydrated as often as possible, or you never know when the sun might experience a supernova and start drying out all of the lakes and ponds of the earth while turning you into a walking prune.
Backpacking can require a lot of different types of gear to make your trip the optimum experience. When you’re out in the wilderness with nothing but the bare necessities and your sanity (or insanity), you may want some of the luxuries of first-world civilization with you on your trip as well.
So, you want to backpack. The first thing you’ll need to backpack is, in fact, a backpack. Otherwise it’s just called walking. Whether you’re just starting out or a veteran looking for a new backpack, it can be kind of daunting to find that perfect piece of back gear to accompany you on your trip.