25 Habits of Highly Effective Hikers Backpacker Magazine – August 2008 by: Michael Lanza, Illustrations by Colin Hayes Some people just have more fun. 1. >> The best adventures rarely happen spontaneously–you make them happen. >> Plan the details months in advance. 2. >> Plan well in advance so you have time to find the best companions. >> Communicate the details and difficulties of your proposed trip to prospective partners. >> Agree on training goals for demanding hikes. >> Ask potential companions about prior trips. >> New partner? 4. >> Identify five destinations within an hour of home for dayhikes and overnights. >> Make sure your gear is organized in one place (a big plastic bin in the garage, say). >> Keep camp foods–dry goods like pasta and rice, fixings for a simple dinner and breakfast, and perishables like cheese–on hand so you can take off on short notice. >> Set hiking dates with friends or family so you hold each other to it. >> Make sure you wear boots that are appropriate for the terrain and load.
How to Travel Very Lightly To our friends and family, my husband and I are freaks of nature. We can travel for three months at a time sharing one medium sized backpack and two small daypacks between us. This is unfathomable to most people, who cannot conceive of leaving their house without half their closet, the entire contents of their bathroom cabinets, and their complete collections of gadgets. I have had my own luggage dilemmas. While traveling alone for four months through Southeast Asia, I decided to err on the side of caution and plan for every eventuality. So I decided from then on out, I’m done packing for every possible scenario. Luckily, my husband is the original light packer and multi-tasker, so we are the perfect travel team. Why it’s important to travel lightly Traveling should be about freedom, enjoying new adventures, experiencing other cultures and a change of scenery, but for many people it is about anxiety, insecurity and fear of the unknown. Why you don’t need all that stuff How to do it Packing
Hiking Lady's How To Videos | Hiking Lady I receive lots of questions about hiking gear usage, boot fitting and lacing, gear maintenance, and more! With all of that inspiration I regularly put together write-ups and how to videos. If there are certain things you want to see let me know and I will write about the most popular topics you ask about! Happy trails! How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters One of the most asked questions from Hiking Lady readers! How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System!
Extreme Minimalism, A Minimalist Project of Travel and Discovey I’ve drawn an unusual amount of attention to my minimalism project this week. First, Dan Patterson of ABC Radio News interviewed me about my 15 things. Dan is one of those amazing interviewers that you wish you were just watching instead of getting interviewed by. Each question was eloquent and succinct. Then came a post by Scott at LaughingSquid, which really showed me the power of Tumblr. That night I had drinks with someone who had seen the story (on Reddit, which I can’t find), and I realized the story had spread. Alex Hillman let me crash on his couch after a panel last week on Rethinking Shelter at P’unk Avenue. The winning caption in a contest is “floordrobe.” The first question someone asks me when I tell them about the project is “How do you define something you own?” I don’t have a permanent address or a second pair of jeans. It’s how I imagine telling someone my child’s name would feel like. So, back to everything I own. Coffee cup? Here is the list, as of May 2, 2011.
Trails, Campgrounds, Parks and Topo Maps | Pickatrail.com 21 Tips to Help You Pack for a Trip We have compiled a great deal of packing tips after years of travelling and together with some members suggestions, we thought we should share them with other travellers setting out. 1. Security and Keeping Details Safe Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Also consider writing your home and destination address (and mobile number if you have one) on a self-adhesive sticky label to stick INSIDE your luggage in a visible place. 2. Split up your bank cards, cash, travellers' cheques and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, your bags and wallet when packing. 3. Use nalgene/small bottles to pack toiletries and other small items. 4. When you are packing things into a backpack, place the lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones on top. 5. It is always handy to have a few plastic bags around certain items, especially toiletries. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. For those using suitcases without a divider. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals! My 14 day John Muir Trail thru-hike with my son is just a few weeks away, so I've been busy preparing 28 days worth of backpacking food for us. Making your own is not that difficult, less expensive, and much lighter than buying those individually packaged meals. Are you up for the task? A healthy hot breakfast is pretty easy. My favorite is couscous, dry milk, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and cashews. 15 1/2 ounces yields 2,240 calories, or seven 320 calorie breakfasts. Add some variety by replacing the couscous with rolled oats, which is a bit heavier but also very nutritious. Now for some dinners. I may have gone a little crazy with this stuff, but did I mention that I absolutely love it? ...4 huge cans of crushed tomatoes... ...8 white onions, finely chopped... ...all in two giant pots with lots of garlic, basil, black pepper, and whatever else you love! Then into the dehydrator on parchment paper. You want it to be dry so it will break apart, not like fruit leather.
FAQ – How To Choose Clothes For Your RTW Trip – Round the World Travel Guide & Tickets – BootsnAll Travel Next RTW FAQ-Cameras, iPods, and other Gadgets » Where Do I Even Begin? Packing for a trip like this, particularly as a first timer, can be quite overwhelming. How to decide what to bring with you for multiple months, a year, or even longer, seems like a daunting task. Let’s Start With Clothes. The regions to which you are traveling will largely determine what it is you will bring with you. I’m Going To Be Trekking Quite A Bit. It shouldn’t affect your packing plans that much. For A Male, What Should Or Shouldn’t I Bring? Everyone is different, and obviously everyone is going to have their own preferences. Is There A Good Packing List Somewhere For Men? To give you an idea, here are the clothes BootsnAll editor Adam packed before he left home for a one year, RTW trip through S. Adam says, “Keep in mind that I changed quite a bit of this as the trip went on, particularly when we got to SE Asia and it was going to be hot the rest of our trip. How Does This Differ For Women? No problem.
Best Backpacking Menu Avoid the Junk food rut with a two person, seven day Backpacking Menu! Backpacking! Chicken Curry over Brown Rice, First Day Backpacking Menu Dinner Chicken Curry Over Brown Rice Ingredients: one cup tropical fruit trail mix, 1/4 package Golden Curry Sauce, 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons olive oil, one cup instant brown rice, crushed 1/2 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger, one cube chicken boullion, 1/4 cup freeze dried peas, one tablespoon onion flakes, 1/3 cup sliced dried mushrooms, and one seven ounce foil pouch of chicken in water. Tropical Fruit Trail Mix Prep: Put peas, onion flakes, and mushrooms together. Cook: To rehydrate for 10 minutes, place mushroom mix with hot water in a bowl and cover. Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Breakfast Two cups of hot cocoa or coffee; two cups dried pears, apples, and apricots; Two cups oatmeal; one tablespoon brown sugar. Hot Cocoa Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Again Bagels Lunch, Last Two Days Chili
Backpackers Checklist at OutdoorPros.com The Means of A Check List Packing a backpack seems like an easy task, until you are on the trail and forget one of the most essential items. We have prepared this infographic as well as the corresponding text to help you always pack exactly what you need. So go ahead and check it out. If you want to put it on your site there is code at the bottom as well. Infographic from the Backpacker Checklist on OutdoorPros.com Embed this on your site <br><center><img src=" alt="backpacker checklist" title="backpacker checklist"><br> Infographic from the <a href=" Checklist</a> on <a href=" Checklist How to Pack Start with your sleeping bag in the bottom for a solid foundation. Shop for camping equipment