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Essential Backpacking Gear Is Important When Backpacking

Sep 3, 2008
Whether you're planning a backpacking hiking trip or just a day hike, backpacking gear is essential. When you're shopping, you want to be sure to find the right gear for the right trip. It's a good idea to have the trip plan generally sketched out and bring it to the store with you so the store personnel can lead you in the right direction.

While you can find decently priced gear, it is important to get good quality equipment, which could mean spending a bit more than you had planned. But, if you find yourself in a sticky situation, then you'll be thankful you didn't sacrifice quality.

For short hikes you don't need as much equipment as you would for a long hiking trip, such as traveling to and backpacking across Europe. The chance of getting lost during any hike anywhere does exist though, so you should go out prepared no matter what.

Of course, you will want a sturdy backpack to carry all the other backpacking equipment in. Gear that is a must includes a compass, extra clothing and food, matches, a water bottle, sunscreen, first-aid supplies, a flashlight and a knife. These are the essentials for any short hike.

When taking a trip that requires more than a days traveling time, it is important not only to bring the essential backpacking gear, but to add some other essential items to the list. You have to eat and therefore you have to bring fire starter material and items to help you prepare meals.

Be sure you have a tent and sleeping bag suitable for the nighttime climate. A map and a GPS (Global Positioning System) device are things you shouldn't leave home without.

One last backpacking gear item that may come in useful is a survival guide. It doesn't need to be a huge book, but even a pocket guide to help you when you're in a sticky situation. If you have a cell phone, then it's always a good idea to bring it with you even if you aren't sure they'll be adequate service available in the area you plan on hiking through.

Many people have been rescued due to the signal given off by their cell phone. Before you head out make sure you head into an outdoors supply store and get good quality essentials for your trip. Remember to always bring good quality backpacking equipment whenever you head out for the great unknown.
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