Posted by : SHASHIKANT M November 11, 2013
The term backpacking is being popular with us, Indians since some years. The term backpacking means independent traveling with minimum cost, staying with basic comforts and priorities are set in this trip totally what you need to do in this trip.
In backpacking one is interested in whole journey itself rather than just hitting the destinations from tourist point of view. The journey may be the simple camping trip in a forest area for two-three days or it may be the long tour consisting of hotel bookings and roaming in public transport. I am saying here public transport because it needs low cost and safe too.
Backpacking includes a heavy bag which can be carried on the back which includes many utility things that we need in the trip. In backpacking trips it is advisable to carry your own things as well as the safety majors but also we shouldn't overdo it by carrying extra loads.
This backpacking trip can teach you a lot of things. We can get connected with nature more here and we can relax and free our mind from stress that has become inevitable part of our lives.
It can teach you to be confident when you travel like this and can make you realize the worth of spending and giving the time to own self.
There are backpacker groups also which can guide us with directions and hotel or lodge bookings and their experience can definitely is more useful to us.
These days backpacking trips have become easier than before because of the increased resources and the help groups which have formed to help each other through sharing their experiences and guiding us. GPS, Smartphone, steatite phones (in case of emergency) have eased up the situations.
If we are going for a long duration backpacking trip we should book our lodge or hotel bookings in advance which will be less time consuming and if we are booking a quiet earlier we can grab some additional discount. And it is all time fail proof thing to book our shelter in advance so that in crisis situations we have our planned place to stay back, it will save the stress factor here.
These trips are mostly concerned with where there is adventure involved as in trekking trip or a rafting and camping combination weekend surf. Adventure is the spirit of these backpacking trips.
Easy, low cost, adventurous, exciting these trips may sound but we need a proper planning of such a trips. If it is well planned and executed accordingly without falling for distractions coming along the way backpack trips can be the most memorable trips of your life.
Here is the list of some important things that we get to include in our bags while on backpacking trips.
- Survival kit
It is the best product any backpacker can buy which has everything that we need in an emergency situation to survive. It includes compass, sugar pouches, tea bags, soup packets, whistles, fire starter etc.
Now these following things are optional if you are going for camping or trekking where you prefer to stay on your own
- Sleeping bags
- Yoga mat
- 2 tents
- Small gas cylinder
Essential list is as follows
- Multi-utility Swiss knife
- Plastic cups
- Local maps
- Mountain boots (if we are going on a hilly area)
These small stuff look like are not important among the list but if we forget to carry them we get to know the worth of it
- Hand sanitizers
- Pepper spray
- First aid kit
- Soap strips
- Mosquito repellant
- Snow glares/ sunglasses
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One should always do their research about the places we are planning to go to for backpacking trips and take help of the experienced ones if they have been to the same place before.
So pack your bags, plan your trip cleverly and neatly, take safety majors into consideration and Get Set Go for backpack trip these holidays.
Make the difference, try something new.