Preparing Yourself For Backpacking

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Preparing Yourself For Backpacking

Backpacking can be confusing, exhausting and possible dangerous. Therefore, preparations need to be made. Hostels usually offer single beds in private rooms, doubles, or dorm rooms. Without constraints or firm schedules, backpackers are completely free. With only your pack on your back, there are no limits to what you can do or see. Cheap rooms are available in hostels in most cities and towns around the world. Some hostels are huge, providing beds for hundreds; others consist of a single room in a friendly family home.Many hostels offer a wide range of activities - from city tours to white water-rafting. Essential gear for your trip will include Backpack ,Fast Drying Towel, Walking Shoes, Socks and Underwear, Long Underwear, Pillow Case, Sleeping Bag, Passport, Spy Wallet, Day Pack, Camera . Safeguard your important documents and money - Get one of those thin money belts that fit inside your clothes. That way you can carry your passport and money with you at all times.Hostels have probably been around for over a thousand years as a low cost place for a traveler to stay for the night. Today, many hostels are not unlike budget hotels where the only significant difference is the price.

Point one shoe each way, so they cradle your head, and lay a shirt or other piece of clothing over them. Use less stove fuel by cooking out of the wind. Block the wind with a improvised windscreen of some sort. Cooking time can double in even a slight breeze. Evaporative heat loss results from evaporation of moisture (this is why your body sweats to cool off). To reduce this form of heat loss, you need to stay as dry as you can. Wear your rain gear when walking through wet bushes, and don't sit directly on snow. Conductive heat loss results from heat being conducted away from your body by direct contact with colder things. Don't sit directly on cold rocks or snow - use your sleeping pad, or sit on a log (wood is less conductive than rocks). You probably won't find it in backpacking catalogs. Every titanium pan I've seen weighs more than the cheap aluminum pan I bought in a local dollar-store. They make backpacking pans too thick. I removed the handle and added a wire hanging handle to my soup pan, and it weighs about two ounces. A light seat cushion can be made from a sleeping bag pad. Use an old basic blue foam pad. Cut a square about 12 inches square out of it.

So, how do I know this gear is so great if I haven't used it yet? Well, because I've watched lots of other people use this equipment and listened to their praise. And then I've compared it to what I had in my backpack at the time and thought, wow, their gear is so much better than mine. But isn't that the way of the backpacker? So here's what I've seen lately that's now on my own wish list. Photo: That's my friend, Sueanne, on the South Bass Trail in Grand Canyon. Every time I see her gear, I add something new to my list of gotta-haves. You want to use my Jetboil? She has flame. And talk about compact, convenient and fast. As I said, my friend's dinner was cooked in no time, and then the stove and little fuel canister fit all nice and snug in the pot that attaches to the stove.

I want. I definitely want. That night, I scribbled, "Jetboil," in my little notepad. Okay, I DO have one of these now, and I love it! Really easy to use, easy to adjust, fast and compact. If you're in the market for a backpacking stove, I highly recommend a Jet Boil. It's nice and compact. The Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System is compact and lightweight, and the whole system can be stored inside the FluxRing cooking cup, reducing the entire 15 oz Flash to only 4.1" x 7.1" of packed size. You can also customize and expand the functionality of the Flash by adding companion cups, a 1.5-liter FluxRing cooking pot or any other Jetboil accessories you'd like. The Flash requires the use of a Jetpower Fuel canister, which is sold separately. Each Jetpower fuel canister provides enough energy to boil 12 liters or 100 cups of water and, at only 3.5 oz., stows conveniently inside the Jetboil cooking cup.

Need a double serving? If you need something larger than the Companion Cup, you can purchase the 1.5-liter pot made especially for the Jetboil stove, with handles and lid. It also comes with a cozy and cover. The burner and fuel container packs right inside the pot, and the plastic base cover turns into a serving plate or bowl. This pot is compatible with all Jetboil burners. Here's another add-on or "instead of" for the JetBoil stove. This lightweight (10-ounce) fry pan has a plastic bottom cover that does double duty as a preparation/eating plate, and the handles fold flat for storage. The curved sides make flipping and stirring easy. FYI: You'll need a pot support kit to use this with the PCS/GCS burner. I do have stuff sacks, including one really nice compression sack that squishes my minus 15-degree sleeping bag into the size of a basketball, but the rest are old and on the heavy-ish side. So I definitely want some new ones of various sizes. Dang, I love being organized like that.