Traveling backpackers gives a sense of freedom and independence that is unmatched. It allows you to visit otherwise inaccessible places, to immerse yourself in nature, to really know territories, mountains, cities.
Being free, however, does not mean going to the point. Here are some useful tips to fully enjoy the independent traveler experience …
1. Do not overload the traveling backpackers
Prepare only the essential that will help you survive your backpacking trip, nothing more, nothing less.
Extra clothes, extra shoes and care or beauty products do not add unnecessary weight and take up too much space, so it will be best to leave them at home.
If your trip will be a full immersion in nature you can often happen to sleep in the woods rather than participate in social events, so you can safely avoid wearing a tuxedo.
Also remember that the backpack does not have to include everything you need until the end of the journey. If you organize well, you can review your traveling backpackers stage by stage, at least for a part of things to carry around.
The less the backpack is overloaded, the more your journey will be light, not just on the shoulders, but also in the spirit.
2. Careful with the photographic arsenal
Unless you have decided to send us the material for a report to be published or unless your photographic passion is unstoppable, do not overdo it with photographic equipment.
The number of lenses and accessories and the need to keep them carefully will end up taking up a lot of space or even to monopolize your backpack.
There are backpacks and bags specifically designed for the amateur hiker, but they are rarely designed for those who decide to organize a real traveling backpackers for several days.
A good versatile lens and a portable tripod should be more than enough.
3. Shoes are important
It is said that every journey, even the longest, begins with a step and it is easy to understand how important it is that that first step and all the following ones are as comfortable as possible.
This does not mean wearing brand-new shoes, on the contrary.
New shoes need time to adapt to their feet before they can be worn comfortably.
Comfortable shoes, light and versatile and almost new, already tested, are ideal.
4. Sticks yes, sticks no
The trekking poles are hated and beloved by hikers.
Trekking purists do not even want to hear about it, others do not deny its usefulness.
They can be very useful during long walks because they reduce the risk of accidents and injuries by providing support and balance. Take them with you or do without it depends on the type of traveling backpackers you are planning to do.
5. Water, never stay dry
It can be read in all the articles dedicated to travel and trekking and it is always valid especially when the trip is backpacking.
The risk of dehydration is always around the corner, behind every curve, at every step along the way. Strategically planning the water to be brought goes hand in hand with travel planning.
You should never risk to stay dry because you were not sure you could make a supply at a certain stage of the trip.
6. Breakfast, the most important meal
Skipping breakfast is a bad habit that everyone, including backpackers, should avoid.
If you do not eat something before starting the day, it will surely be difficult even to fully enjoy your trip.
This is true for every excursion and it is worth more for a multi-day backpacker trip, where every breakfast, every day, is important.
Who knows that will spend the night outdoors will have to organize so you can find everything you need to be able to feed the morning to the best to be able to deal without risk and with the right energy the rest of the day.
7. Take it easy! – Enjoy the journey without going beyond your limits
Planning your trip is important, but planning well means doing it at the start of your trip to avoid having to do it when you are on the road.
When the journey has begun, you have to enjoy it, rest assured that most of the risks are covered by how you organized yourself, from the equipment you have decided to take with you, maybe even, for the most serious risks, from the insurance that has been stipulated.
This does not mean that by having pioneered the journey you can feel free to be unconscious. Unforeseen circumstances can always happen and often an excess of security is the major source of problems.
Enjoy your journey, aware of your limits and your physical form.
8. Responsible travel
The real traveling backpackers does not just want to enjoy the journey, but he knows perfectly well that his behavior along the way influences the environment he is passing through, both the natural environment and the community of people who live there.
Do not leave traces and signs of your passage is a sign of respect for nature and also for travelers who will come later to retrace the same paths.
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