Theo and I are setting off for adventure this weekend!
bags backpacks are packed and we are SO EXCITED!
Theo has been backpacking once, and I have never been, so that also adds to the excitement of it. For a graduation present, Theo bought me this baby:
We are going to a small state forest in the area and hiking the loop that they have. It is six miles in, 10 miles out, but there is a bigger loop if we want to do that, too. We can also get out of it if we are too tired or the weather gets bad.
I have already discovered that a huge part of backpacking is knowing what to take and what to leave. Hiking 20 miles while carrying everything that we need is daunting, to say the least.
I think that one of the hardest things to pack is food. It has to be light, easy to cook, non-perishable and give you lots of energy/good nutrients. Since I still such an amateur backpacker, I had no idea what to pack foodwise. I did some research and got started making some things, buying some things and putting together some other things.
The following is a list of what we have packed for our trip.
Backpacking Packing List:
- Sleeping bags
- Wool blankets
- Rain jackets
- Warm clothing for nighttime (long johns, wool socks, sweatshirt, foot/hand warmers)
- Extra batteries
- Fire lighting Kit
- Deck of playing cards
- Small sewing repair kit
- Miniature cooking stove (trust me when I say miniature…it is about 1/4 the size of our first aid kit!)
- First Aid Kit
- Bible/Journal/Lightweight book to read
- Trash bags (to dispose of things)
- Toilet Paper
- Feminine Hygiene (heaven forbid, how awful…but hey, life happens =) )
- Solar Shower Pack (like this)
- Water bottles (one each- the place we are hiking has water pumps so we don’t need to worry about hauling all our water!)
- Extra socks
- One change of clothes (you never know…)
- Pot with lid for cooking food
- Food (soups in a can or bag like this, potatoes, ramen or pasta sides, eggs, peanut butter and bread, oatmeal to go packs (but you could use regular oatmeal), cous-cous)
- Snacks- (granola bars, trail mix, jerky, dried fruit, milk honey dough)
Of course, you can buy lightweight freeze dried food, but we don’t have the budget for that and wanted to try some things on our own first. The nice thing about the food that you carry is that once you eat it, your pack gets lighter!
What about you? Do you have any suggestions for us newbie backpackers? I will be posting again once we return!