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Shopping For A Discount Hiking Backpack

Feb 14, 2008
When spring starts is a great time to look for a discount hiking backpack before hitting the trails. Hiking provides great exercise for both body and mind. It brings you closer to nature and the beauty of the outdoors. When hiking you want to travel as lightly as possible while taking everything with you that you might need when you are hiking off the beaten track. Where you are going you are unlikely to find a convenience store.

A good quality backpack is a necessary purchase, and can sometimes even be a life saver. You need to choose the right backpack in order to carry everything you'll need on the hiking trip. Depending on the length of your trip you can choose between a day pack or a multi-day hiking backpack.

Choosing Your Hiking Backpack

When choosing your backpack, ensure that it has wide sturdy shoulder straps which have plenty padding and curves. Don't just look at it ... try it on and load it up with appropriate weight. Make sure it is still comfortable when fully packed. Check the zippers. They are very important; usually zips with big teeth are more durable and stronger. Look for waterproof zippers. A waist strap is important when hiking. The waist strap will allow your backpack to move with your body as you walk. A backpack without a strap will often move counter to your stride and bump and chafe you. Look for a backpack made from ripstop nylon or polyester. These are lightweight water resistant fabrics. Search out end-of-season sales to find a discount hiking backpack at a reduced price.

A few hiking necessities that you shouldn't leave home without:

* Water is always the first necessity. Take as much as possible; it is easy to become dehydrated when hiking, especially in cooler weather when you are less likely to be aware of it. Your body always needs water.

* Water purification tables are useful if you will be relying on streams as a water source.

* Food of course. Try and pack meals separately so you don't have to open and expose food every time you are hungry. It will save on space and it encourages you to only take what you need. Dehydrated meals can be useful and light in weight to carry if you will be away overnight.

* Carry a detailed map of the area you are planning to hike.

* Compass

* A small first aid kit.

* Lighter.

* Torch plus spare batteries.

* Sunscreen and insect repellent cream.

* Rope.

* Knife.

* Small roll of toilet paper.

* Lightweight wet weather jacket

* If you are planning on staying out overnight you'll also need a sleeping bag and cooking implements.

Packing for your hike is an important issue. You'll need to be very organized and pack related items together. This will make it easier for you to find them when needed.

Check online at surplus stores, and watch for end-of-season and closeout sales for discount hiking backpacks. Always check the specifications of the pack and make sure that it has the capacity that you need and that the weight is manageable.
About the Author
Alison Stevens is an online author and maintains The Hiking And Camping Website to assist hikers, campers and backpackers with camping recipes and equipment tips.
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