Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself – Edward Abbey
In the contemporary world, we get caught up so much with our everyday lifestyle and busy schedules that we human beings tend to forget sometimes that we have mind, body and soul. While the mind and body can be taken care off in different ways, the soul can only be rejuvenated only through the wilderness. While there are people out there trying their best to save the wild, it is at least imperative that all of us take a journey into the wild once in a while to soothe our senses.
So, if you are one of those, who subscribes the aforementioned statement, well, we are here to aid you, at least partly, if you intend to set foot into the wild by suggesting some cool backpacking ideas.
You will have to consider the following parameters to make your backpacking trip into the wild a memorable one.
Before setting off on a trip into the wild, you will need to assess your destination completely to get a clearer picture. First, get hold of a topographic map that will give you an idea of the location as well as being an essential ingredient if you put a step wrong to get you back on track. Unless you have a striking ability to garner a sense of direction in a totally wild place, you will probably need a compass too.
This one is very important. You need to get a good idea of the climatic conditions of the place where you plan to go. Figure out what kind of weather you will face at the time of the year. How the weather fluctuates? Whether it rains sporadically or incessantly? Or will it be scorching hot? Also, keep in mind that in some places the day temperature will be completely different from the night.
Now, we will take a look at the list of items you need to carry.
Tents are the most basic necessity while you are backpacking into the wild. Hence, it is imperative that you choose your tent wisely. The 2 most important things to consider while buying a tent are the weight and cost. You don’t have to worry though as backpacking tents come in a variety of size. You can either go for a minimalist design or a huge one depending on your preference.
You need to carry light meals, not in the sense that it is low on calories, more likely with less weight and occupy less space. Foods like oatmeal, Berries, energy bars, instant noodles will be a good option. However, if you decide to carry a bigger backpack, you can take more items as you wish.
Ensure you are drinking more water than you usually drink because, as pleasant as backpacking is, you will be tired as well, bearing the load.
The best you can do is carry enough water for a couple of days. Then you have to rely on nature’s help to see yourself through. If you are lucky, some areas will have wells from where you can fetch water. You can also get water from nearby lakes or streams. Check with the local authorities or people to find out more information.