Backpack Hiking Has A Wild Side Worth Exploring

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 Backpack Hiking Romantic? Who Knew?

A backpack hiking date is a unique way to make romance bloom. When you think of the most romantic date you could have with your significant other, your mind usually leans toward dinner, mood music and wine. Here’s a way to enjoy quality alone time with someone special, and incorporate all of those elements except in a different venue. Get set to boost up the excitement on a great outdoor or mountain path. Pack a few elements of surprise. It’s a sure cure for the usual dull or boring-type scenario.

Backpack Hiking – Set The Scene

Backpack hiking treks allow the perfect stage for an amorous camping backpack trip.  There’s the easy answer of packing a bottle of wine and bringing  a cell phone with its music playlist. Switch it up a bit and add some mood music to that play list. Choose memorable songs from the past or current ones to make new memories that will automatically bring your mind back to this hiking trip with him (her). The point is to go beyond what you would normally do as a couple and enjoying the great outdoors at the same time.  There is something magical about a campfire under the stars, especially during a full moon.


Your backpack hiking pack could contain some indulgent chocolates in your insulated hiking bag. If you see wildflowers on your journey, don’t just admire them, pick some and present them.  Find a secluded camping site for the night and enjoy the sunset and the stars. Simple things in nature can ultimately be labeled a romantic setting. Take a stick and carve your initials in a heart on the ground where you are sitting and snap a photo with your cell phone for a lasting reminder of why you are taking this time for yourselves as a couple. Pack a rose in your hiking backpack and peel off its petals on the floor of your tent.

Outdoor Backpack Hiking – Where Should We Go?

Backpack hiking can be done almost anywhere. Now that you have romance suggestions, pick the best place to go.  Here are 5 highly suggested locations within the U.S.

  • First, try the Cadillac North Ridge Trail in Arcadia National Park in Maine. The four mile North Ridge Trail overlooks the ocean and will take you up the rocky coastline with beautiful pink granite and chaparral vegetation. It is one of the most scenic hiking trails with ocean views.
  • Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii provides a more experienced and adventurous couple an 11 mile hike with various coastal cliffs and valleys. The isolated beaches and lush tropical forests are a gorgeous backdrop for romance. The beauty of this location is that fewer people who hike have the endurance to navigate it, so there is a chance of more isolation and serenity with your lover. This is not the best option for a couple who has just started dating.
  • Explore Heart Lake Loop in Anacortes, Washington, for a perfect daypack trip with your sweetheart. An obvious reason for this choice is the actual heart-shaped This hike is a three mile loop around the mountains and Pacific Northwest Forest. You can picnic by the lake and explore the forest with all Mother Nature has to offer. You’ll create a beautiful memory of your time together in this beautiful and symbolic location.
  • An adventure seekers backpacking backpack trail, Havasu Falls, Havasu Canyon, Arizona is not one for beginners. It is a spectacular destination, but hikers must trek eight miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From there, it’s another 2 miles to the gorgeous waterfalls. This would make a great challenge for a more experienced hiker. The scenery and bright-blue crystal clear water makes it so worth the hike. It’s perfect for a swim there.
  • A backpack hiking trip to John Muir Trail in California provides a location named after the writer, John Muir. He truly understood the romance and beauty that nature has to offer. This hike takes you through 215 miles of California. It winds through Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and includes Kings Canyon National Park.

Don’t feel as if you need to conquer all those miles for the sake of romance. The High Sierra Mountain Range offers back country camping with shorter treks.

Backpack Hiking Closer To Home 

Backpack hiking trails that require traveling to these locations may not always be possible due to distance and expenses.  You can do a search online for local hiking backpack trails and you will find places closer to where you live. You can save the further distances for a special vacation spot or an anniversary trip.

Wherever, and whenever you choose to go, make your backpack hike memorable by making it romantic. Don’t be afraid to head out to explore your wild side in the wilderness. If you need a hiking bag, trek on over to http://www.naturetrailbackpacks and we’ll help you find the perfect one for you.  Happy backpack hiking!

Hiking Backpack – Packing Your Essentials Simplified

Packing Your Essentials Using ABC’s

Hiking backpack organization of all the necessities you need to trek with can have you wondering, where do I put it all? Simple planning and forethought will help get you packed and ready for the trail in no time.  Tossing your stuff into your backpack randomly will have you searching frantically when you need something in a hurry and can make the difference between an uncomfortable hike and a pleasurable one.   Do you really want that frustration?  Let’s start packing with a purpose by using our ABC’s. Focus on; Accessibility –  Balance – Condense/Compress.

Yes It Will All Fit

Hiking Backpack Pockets And Compartments

Hiking bags are designed to help sort and organize your cargo.  Some things you will need during your trek that you’ll want quick access to without stopping, such as water, compass, sunscreen etc.   Other items you won’t be using until you make camp at the end of the day. You should always start by writing a checklist sheet to avoid forgetting anything important.  Once you have done that you can begin by packing from the bottom up and check off each item as you pack it.  After a few trips out, you will automatically remember items and where to pack them. You may want to make changes next trip out if you pack something too heavy in an area that throws your balance off.

What Do I Pack First?

It’s always a good idea to line the inside of your backpack with a contractor bag before you begin packing. This first step will allow everything to stay dry for less than a dollar. If you are traveling in a chronically wet area, consider investing in a pack cover, which will add another layer of moisture protection.

Hiking Backpack organization is important to help balance the weight of the load on your back and hips. The bottom of your pack should contain the gear you will use when you finish your hike for the day. Items such as sleeping bag and/or pad, clothing you plan to sleep in, casual shoes to relax in.  Soft and squishy items like these create internal shock absorption within your hiking bag for your back. If you are using a water reservoir/bladder, fill it first, then pack around it with soft items to eliminate shifting. If you attempt to place the bladder bag into your full backpack it will be difficult.  Can you guess how I know this?

Pack Heavy Items In Your Backpack’s Core

Hiking backpack gear such as dinner food (not snacks), cook stove, water bladders or bottles and bear canister should be packed in the core or middle section of your hiking pack.  Place food items or other things that have scent to them inside the bear canister. You may think all heavy items should go at the bottom, like when you pack a grocery bag.  Placing heavier objects in the center helps to create a stable center of gravity directing the weight downward instead of backward to prevent the bag from sagging. If you place these heavier items high in the pack, it will make your backpack lean or tip, throwing balance off.  If you are carrying liquid fuel for your stove, make sure the cap is secure and tight. Pack the bottle upright placing it below your food (in case of spillage) and then wrap soft items, to act as a buffer around the tank, such as extra clothing, your tent body, extra dry bags or rainfly.

Hiking Backpack Items Packed On Top

This is where you place your bulkier necessities.  You may want to place your tent at the very top in case a storm moves in and you need to set up immediately.  With sudden weather changes you will want easy access to a heavier jacket or rainwear. Keep them on top for quick retrieval.  Have your first aid kit readily available and your water purification filter or tablets handy to refill your hydration bottle. This is also where you will want to have your toilet trowel, paper and zip lock bag for used TP.  You never know when you will need these items, but they should be easy to access. 

Placing Accessories On The Exterior

Hiking backpacks often come with reversible side compression straps you can utilize to attach exterior gear. These straps must have rear-facing ends with clips instead of being sewn onto the pack. There must be a male clip and a female clip on opposite sides that you can clasp together. This gives you the ability to attach bulky things like your tent, trekking poles or extra shoes. With your gear loaded at the back end, that leaves the side pockets free for grabbing things you need on the go, such as a water bottle, sunscreen or camera. This is great for utilizing the pockets and compression at the same time. If your hiking pack lacks the amount of loops or rings to hang gear from, you can easily attach additional hooks and pockets as needed being aware of centering your load.

Packed And Ready

Hiking Backpack treks are all different. You can adjust your packing to suit your needs while keeping the ABC’s in mind.  Utilize the basics of heavy to light areas of packing your essentials, then you can experiment with extra gear and placement until it’s comfortable for you.  Happy Hiking!

Trekking Poles – Do I Really Need Them?

Trekking Poles Can Be Very Handy

Trekking poles can be your best friend or a pain in the butt. Most hikers consider them to be part of every trek they go on. How do we assess whether we really need them? The answer lies in the conditions and terrain of the hike you are taking.  Do you need help determining whether you need trekking poles or not?  If so, I can help.

Trekking poles can also be known as hiking poles, walking sticks or hiking staffs, depending on whether you are using a pair or one single pole. A trekking pole is basically a ski pole with handles, and is always used in pairs.  A hiking staff is also known as a hiking stick and consists of a single pole. Most hikers go with two trekking poles over a hiking staff.

Conditions That Require Trekking Poles

When you are trekking with a heavier backpack, a pair of trekking poles can help your balance and keep you stable, especially on a steep incline. While hiking upslope, you can use the poles to dig in and pull yourself up. When you are descending, the poles will provide good anchor points to distribute your weight with balance against them as you hike downward.

If you are uncertain as to the specific terrain of the territory you are hiking in, or if unexpected conditions arise, it’s best to be prepared with a set of trekking poles attached to your hiking backpack. Creek and stream levels are not always obvious, so measuring the water depth or determining how soft the muddy bottom is can be helpful with a hiking stick or trekking pole. While hiking, having a set of trek poles readily available to you can be invaluable if slippery rocks or wet leaves make walking difficult.

Trekking poles are good to have in bear and mountain lion country.  Hopefully, you’ll never have to fight off an animal, but having trekking poles ready in hand to ward off any interaction would allow you to be armed somewhat for defense.

Hiker With Walking Stick

A hiking staff, which is sometimes called a walking staff or travel staff, consists of a single pole that’s most effective when used on relatively flat terrain and with little or no load on your back. If you’re taller than about 6 feet, you should choose a hiking staff or trekking poles that have a maximum length of at least 51 inches.  If you are shorter than 6 feet tall, most trekking poles are adjustable.

Trekking poles have handle grips that come in a variety of materials and will affect how the poles feel in your hands.  Cork is a desirable material because it resists moisture from sweaty hands, decreases vibration and best conforms to the shape of your hands. If you sweat a lot and will be hiking in hot weather, go with cork grips. 

Rubber insulates hands from cold, shock and vibration, so it’s best for cold-weather activities. However, it’s more likely to chafe or blister sweaty hands, so it’s less suitable for warm-weather hiking.

Foam absorbs moisture from sweaty hands and is the softest to the touch.  Avoid hard plastic grips, they aren’t comfortable at all.

Trekking Poles  –  Handy Uses

Trek Poles Give You Great Balance

If you hike in an area with poison ivy, poison oak, nettles, or any other plant you want to avoid, trekking poles provide an easy way to gently push them to the side and hike on.

Use of trek poles can give you a full body workout as your arms move back and forth. This helps you expend a little more energy, which is great on shorter hikes. On longer hikes you will want to save energy. If you’re hiking 8-10 miles a day,  having another 1-5% of energy from not swinging your arms with poles can make a big difference in your fatigue level.   

If your hands tend to swell when hiking, the use of trekking poles will keep hands closer to the level of the heart, improving blood return to your heart.  Correct use of hiking poles is when your elbows angle at about 90 degrees when the pole tips touch the ground.

If you were to get caught in a sudden rain shower, the poles can be used as supports under a tarp for an ultralight shelter. Even if you’re just day hiking, having a tarp in your pack, with hiking poles to support it, is one way to be prepared for a survival emergency.

Are you subject to knee pain while hiking?  When you hike with trekking poles, you naturally shift your weight and foot strike forward, which has proven to reduce strain. Instead of heel striking, focus on stepping on your fore and mid foot. This engages the natural shock absorbers of your hamstrings to buffer any shock in your step. Shifting your weight forward when hiking with trekking poles benefits strain to the knees.

When you descend on your hike, instead of jabbing down with your hiking poles, try lowering your body and using your hands to balance and make a connection.  Most hikers want to connect with nature, and find that the poles may seem like a barrier between themselves and the earth. Another option would be to not use the poles for balance when descending. Go ahead and stretch out your arms. Touch the trees, rocks, and dirt for a more natural experience and to strengthen your core balance rather than depending on the poles.

Trekking Poles – Good Sound Advice

Don’t compromise on price when buying trek poles by choosing a cheaper style. Your poles should be lightweight, strong, and adjustable.   Carbon fiber and aluminum are both really light and work well.  If you’re going to use them hard with rough terrain, go with aluminum. Carbon offers a little more shock dampening, but can shatter if you smash them around.

Carbide or steel tips are commonly used to provide traction for trek poles even on ice. Rubber tip protectors extend the life of those tips and protect your gear when poles are stowed in your backpack. They are also good for use in sensitive areas to reduce impact to the ground. You can purchase angled rubber walking tips separately for use on asphalt or other hard surfaces.

If you are new to using trekking poles and you find yourself out of rhythm now and then, lift your poles off the ground for a moment so you can reset. Start using the poles again as soon as you’re ready. After awhile you will feel completely natural using them and you won’t even have to think about your rhythm.

Bring Them Along; You’ll Be Glad You Did

The best rule of thumb is to attach them to your hiking bag on the outside and have them for use if and when needed. They won’t add much weight to your cargo and circumstances may warrant their use, so be prepared is smart thinking. Happy hiking!

Cool Backpacks For Easy Hikes In Yosemite National Park

A Favorite Spot For Millions Of Hikers

Cool backpacks are perfect for trips to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is known as the Disneyland of National Parks, featuring 800 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to extreme. Everyone has an opportunity to observe glacier-cut rock formations, unlimited panoramic vistas, and so many waterfalls you couldn’t possibly count them all.  Why not consider a day hike of a less strenuous type? Here are five easy hikes for average nature lovers who want to experience a day in the outdoors to witness the beauty and complex structures of Yosemite.

Cool Backpacks For Hiking – Check Out Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Cool backpacks don’t have to be the extremist type for hikers who don a 60 liter frame backpack to spend days in the deep wilderness. (Although we do have those) But for a day trip to Mirror Lake, a daypack is more appropriate. Mirror Lake is easy to reach via a few trails. The most traveled option is a one-mile paved walkway and bike path along Tenaya Creek to the north side of the lake. Additionally, an unpaved trail follows the south side of the lake connecting to a larger loop. A third route to Mirror Lake leaves from Ahwahnee Hotel and crosses below the Royal Arches and North Dome to arrive at the north side of the Lake. Since you can utilize the park shuttle system, this trail can be combined with the popular paved trail to form a 2.8-mile one-direction stroll. Not actually a lake at all, Mirror Lake gets its name from its reflective beauty and is actually a shallow seasonal pool of water with gorgeous surroundings and delivers on serenity and scenery. If you visit early in the summer, there are also tons of wildflowers.

Cool Backpacks For Hiking in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

2005 — Ron Reznick

This hiking backpack trail area is located in the southern portion of Yosemite, this Sequoia grove is the largest in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. In 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for “public use, resort, and recreation.” of this area to be protected for the benefit of future generations.  There is an easy .3 mile loop from the trailhead which is about a 30-45 minute hike. It is wheelchair accessible to take loved ones who cannot walk it. For the more adventurous there is the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail which is a two mile hike from the trailhead that winds along the edge of the grove and includes 300 feet of elevation gain taking 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.  You’ll be able to trail hike among gorgeous trees such as the Bachelor and Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, and California Tunnel Tree.

Cool Backpacks For Trekking To Bridalveil Falls For A Day Hike

Bridalveil Falls

Cool backpacks provide means to carry your daily essentials of water and food on short hikes such as this one. These stunning falls are known for the way the water shifts with the wind, like a bridal veil in the breeze. This is a 15-30 minute hike that almost anyone can do. There is some incline and the path could be wet near the Falls, but it’s truly a sight to behold and well worth some dampness here and there. A large lot at the trailhead often fills up, but if you drive a few hundred meters into the valley, you’ll find a trail to the falls running parallel to the road, and you can almost always find a parking spot somewhere along there, with the added bonus of having a view of El Capitan. You may prefer this longer trail since it crosses Bridalveil Creek and some very pretty meadows. 

Cool Backpacks – Hike To Turtleback Dome

Turtleback Dome

Hikers will find this 1.2 mile hike is easy for even a beginner. From the top of Turtleback Dome you are treated to views of Half Dome and the Valley below. There are several large granite boulders on the top of Turtleback Dome. This is a fairly easy hike on granite slab from the parking lot that’s directly to the north of Turtleback Dome where you descend via the service road. Some of the trail is slightly bushwacky (the last 1/4 mile on the side of the road) to get back to the starting point. This part has a really nice view and is less crowded. It is fun to scramble up the low-angle granite. Key point to look for is the huge boulder at the top. The summit of Turtleback is a high point with no tree cover and so it gets all day sun. This is a good place if you are new to hiking or as a family outing.

Cool Backpacks – Take Lunch And Enjoy Artists Point

Artists Point

Backpack hiking to the Artists Point trail begins in the parking lot at tunnel view and is 2 miles round trip that is not overly strenuous. If you take a left at Old Stagecoach Road (without going all the way to Inspiration Point since there isn’t much of a view there) you can enjoy this hidden gem, which doesn’t get much notoriety, but the best part of that is less visitor traffic. Although you might have to climb over some tree branches, the view isn’t far away from there. Trails are clearly marked, which helps with confusion.  You can see everything that you see at Tunnel View with the addition of Bridalveil Meadow and a better view of the falls with very little crowds. The view is a lovely down valley view of Yosemite Valley.

Cool backpacks are seen on hikers everywhere, some not as cool as others. There are unlimited awesome trails and nature scenery in Yosemite National Park. You really must visit there one day, although it would take several visits to see everything this park has to offer. Wouldn’t you love to go solo, with friends or take your family to observe historical and breathtaking creations of nature over centuries? If you need a new backpack, why not hike over to http://www.naturetrailbackpacks.com and get prepared for an incredible hiking trip.  Happy hiking!

Outdoor Backpack Hiking – Bugs, Bears And Blisters; Oh No!

Hiking Is An Incredible Experience

Outdoor backpack hiking has its share of inconveniences and annoying consequences, but there are solutions to the problems. Are you armed with information of how to handle things that buzz, growl and hurt? Dealing with issues in nature are not nearly as defeating if you prepare in advance. If you could have incredible journeys in the outdoors with no fears of what’s out there, would that be a game changer for you or a loved one? The best way to meet a challenge or fear is to face it with knowledge, preparation and foresight, so let’s explore that.

Outdoor Backpack – Here’s Some Armor

Flying Insects Can Be A Nuisance

Backpack hiking trips will always have bugs. They live in nature and they multiply by the millions, so there is no way to eliminate them. Your best friend is a good waterproof bug spray that you won’t easily sweat off. If you are opposed to Deet, there are repellents that contain 30% lemon eucalypus oil that is efficient in warding off flying insects.  If you have ultra sensitive skin, this may not be for you. You may need to reapply every few hours.

Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, however,
Deet can be harmful to synthetic materials, so it’s best to spot test your fabrics before spraying the entire item. Yes, it’s a harsh chemical,  but it does NOT need to go on your skin. Spray 95%-100%  DEET on the top and bottom of your hat brim, your backpack shoulder straps or the neck and shoulders of your shirt and socks. Long sleeved shirts and pants help your skin, a hat with an insect screen works great if bugs are heavy. 

Certain times of the year, bugs are worse depending on your hiking location. Look for a high and dry camping area away from a heavy tree line. Throw a sage stick into your campfire. Its scent is subtle but highly effective at clearing the mosquitoes away.  Avoid products with heavy scents like soap, deodorants or perfumes. Scent free is the way to go.  

If bugs are a really big issue, there are locations that aren’t as buggy as others. Check the internet for information in the area you will be hiking. Outdoor backpack hikers can also use another option of treating their clothing with Permethrin to keep bugs from biting through fabric. This treatment also works after your hiking clothes go through several washings.

Bears, Lions And Tigers, Oh My!

Check Your Hiking Area For Info On Bears That Live There

It’s fairly safe to say we here in the United States we don’t have to worry about the lions and tigers, but bears are a different story. Hikers must take precautions to avoid attracting bears to their campsites and encounters with them by practicing certain preventative measures.

As beautiful as it is to hike at dawn or at dusk, if you are in bear country, you should avoid it. It’s best to hike during daylight hours. Bears are naturally afraid of humans.  Hike in a group of four or more and stay close together. Be noisy, shout, sing, whatever you feel like doing as long as it’s noise. This will make bears want to avoid an encounter with you. It is advisable for hikers to carry bear spray.

Avoid going near and dead or injured wildlife.  That is bear food. If you smell something dead or see birds circling overhead, avoid that area. If a bear feels you are a threat to their food source, the encounter could go in a bad direction.

Despite movie portrayals of bears always attacking for a human meal, they are more interested in your food than in you. A bear’s sense of smell is seven times better than a bloodhound and 2100 times better than humans. For that reason, do not cook where you camp, nor should you sleep in the clothing you wore while preparing your food.

Outdoor backpack trekkers should always bear-proof their campsite. If you are in a heavily populated bear area, you may want to eliminate cooking altogether and stick to prepared items. You will want to store your food in a bear canister that you bring or sometimes can be rented via forest ranger stations. It may seem odd to you, but things like toothpaste, chapstick and sunscreen are targets for bear interest, so in the canister they should go.

Bear canisters are usually designed to be large enough that a bear cannot carry them easily in their jaws. The lid should be very secure with a locking-type mechanism.

Wipe the bear canister down with a disinfectant wipe to remove odor transfer from your hands. If your bear canister is clear, cover it with an opaque stuff sack or dry bag to prevent bears from seeing your food items. Select a brightly-colored stuff sack to make it easy to see your canister from a distance. It should be placed on level ground (so that it doesn’t roll down to water or wind carrying it far away making it difficult to find.)

Place your bear canister approximately 20-100 feet from your campsite. Hikers differ in opinions on how far away you should keep it. Follow your comfort level but before you travel to any wilderness area, it’s smart to contact their ranger or land manager in advance to learn if any food-storage regulations are in place.

Outdoor Backpack – Bear Encounters

If you encounter a bear while hiking, fight the urge to turn and run. When you run, you could trigger the bear’s predatory response to chase.  You are not going to out-run a bear. Instead, stand calmly and assess the situation. If you haven’t been seen by the bear, leave the area quietly. Don’t take the time to take a photo or make eye contact. Slowly back away in the opposite direction from the situation. Talk loudly to the bear (say whatever comes to mind) and wave your arms as you retreat. Slowly back away from the bear in the opposite direction away from the situation. Continue to talk and move your arms as you retreat.

Before you embark on a hiking trip in bear country, it is wise to check internet instructions on how to handle a bear if it charges at you. There are many tips available and several circumstances that you could encounter, but it’s best to be prepared with knowledge.

Outdoor Backpack Hikes – Blisters Can Be Avoided

Blisters Can Ruin A Hike

A blister is formed from damaged skin that is a result of rubbing and friction, by heat, cold or dampness. If your sock or shoe rubs up against the skin of your feet for an extended period, that becomes the culprit.  It will break the skin down. Having sweaty or wet feet exacerbates the situation.

Most commonly with backpackers, your sock or boots rubbing against your skin for a prolonged period of hiking, can result in a blister or “hot spot” which is a reddened area that forms just before a full-fledged blister appears. This can be prevented by making sure your boots are well “broken in” before hiking in them.

If your footwear is either be too loose or too tight blisters are inevitable on a hike, therefore it is crucial that you  have good fitting socks and boots. Stay away from cotton socks and choose merino wool. Slipping and bunching in your socks is a no-no you can prevent.

 Outdoor backpack hikers should trim toenails and allow sweaty feet to dry and air out. You may want to apply foot powder. Dry your boots by the campfire each night before wearing them again. Remove your shoes when you are on a hiking break and air out your feet and boots for awhile. If you wade in a creek, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before resuming your hike. If your socks feel damp, put on a dry pair before heading back out.

Outdoor Backpack Beginners

I just gave you some ideas on how to avoid things that may concern you, therefore you now have three less reasons to avoid hiking out of fear.  I hope you will get out there and enjoy nature in hiking and backpacking. There is so much to learn and observe that after awhile, your experiences and exposure to the wild will give you confidence.  Happy hiking!

Hiking Backpack Quest – I Found; I Saw; I Saved!

Perfect Unisex Hiking Day Pack

Which Hiking Backpack Is Best?

Hiking backpack shopping can be overwhelming. While checking out hiking bag sites I wanted to compare some types and sizes. If your friends ask you to go on a road trip and do some day hiking with them, having good gear is desirable.  Even if you already have a hiking pack, it’s always cool to get some updated gear.  The site that got me interested was having a sale!  A good deal always peaks my interest,  so I checked out http://www.naturetrailbackpacks.com.

Experience Nature With Hiking Backpack Trips

Hiking bags, in my opinion, have to look cool and be functional. The backpacking backpack pictures on this site will get you stoked about your upcoming trip. It’s really fascinating how backpack bags have changed in the past couple of decades. The different features and even the looks of the hike packs here looked pretty sharp. More and more women currently are getting into day hiking and trekking with a rucksack.  Think how much fun it would be to take your wife and kids on an overnight camping backpack adventure. It would be a blast!

Hiking Backpack Bags Offer Variety

Hiking backpacks come in many styles and sizes. There’s a nice variety of different kinds of hiking packs on the site, but not so many that it’s overkill.  In particular, the SnugPak Sleeka Force 35 daypack has tons of storage compartments and pockets and more than enough room for a one day trip on the trail. It has the ability to carry loads of essentials in the nooks and crannies and organize them to your needs. There’s room for water bottles and a zippered compartment on the top and bottom of the bag.  Your back and shoulders will appreciate the comfort of the contoured and heavily padded shoulder straps made with moisture –wicking materials. Things can get pretty heated when you’re trail hiking and climbing.

Hiking Backpacks – Greatest Way To Carry The Necessities While Hiking

Backpack Hiking Together Is Awesome

Daypack backpack hiking is an opportunity to get some exercise and spend memorable time in the great outdoors with friends or loved ones. You can have a great time solo for some tranquil time from stress, or head out with friends or family. Kids love being outdoors and there is so much you can teach those little minds simply by being in nature. Plan to do more backpack hiking. Bookmark this website if you have plans for trekking now or in the future and get yourself quality hiking backpacks from a company with knowledge and genuine customer service.  Happy hiking!

Daypack Backpack Hiking – A Great Idea For Bored Kids

Backpack Hiking Inspires Kids

 Daypack Backpack Hikes Can Fix Child Boredom

Outdoor backpack hiking may be something you have never done yourself before, not to mention bring the kids along on the trail.  Children may love it when school is on vacation, even if parents don’t.  The first week or two kids bask in not having to go to bed as early or do homework. Soon they chime in unison “I’m bored!”  What better way to incorporate exercise with fun while sharing family time then by strapping on a hiking backpack and hitting the trails?

Daypack Backpack Hiking Will Get Your Kids To Exercise

Day pack hiking can solve parental concerns about how to prevent obesity in their children. The best answer is to keep them physically active. Many towns have daypack hiking trails in them. You can do an internet search to find some beginner or challenging hikes in your zip code. Since children bore easily, just to suggest a mere walk would not spark must interest. However, if you enthusiastically proclaimed, “ let’s head out for an adventure,” both children and adults would have a sense that something fun and memorable was about to materialize.  Something magical happens when you don that hiking backpack and head off on a path never roamed.

Daypack Backpack Hiking Provides Lessons In Nature

Kids Learn From Being Outdoors

Hiking packs give kids an opportunity to learn. Walking out the door and down the street to a park will not cultivate their thirst for knowledge.  It will just signify play time.  Mother Nature offers a chance to explore, teach and grow, for both children and adults.  When you combine that aspect with physical movement, it becomes good for everyone in countless ways.  All children love to climb. Hills and trails are perfect playgrounds for active kids to get them interested in outdoor games that are not played on a 7”screen. If grownups are enjoying a backpacking trip, chances are their children will follow suit. Help them pack their hiking bag and set out for an expedition with discovery of wildlife and how vegetation grows. Teach them respect for nature by gathering three items of trash along the hike to toss in a waste container at the end of the trail. This is a lesson they will take with them their entire life.

Daypack Backpacks Should Contain A Picnic

Pack Healthy Hiking Food For Energy

Your day pack backpack could provide lunch for a picnic. You could sit and eat while observing clouds, taking turns stating what shape the cloud reminds you of. You could play a game to teach awareness of identifying different birds.  Hiking in nature allows you to examine a rock, turn it over to discover some insects that you can put in a dish or ziploc bag to observe, and then set free.  Kids love looking through binoculars, so why not bring a pair along and show them sights in the distance that make them want to hike further on the trail to get a closer look.

Daypack Backpacks Help Kids Learn About Their Bodies

Backpack hiking also teaches children about their bodies, how they move and what it feels like to carry extra weight in their daypack. It’s okay to walk long distances and exert yourself in climbing. Yes, you may get a little tired. Take a rest, drink some water and keep moving. Kids learn a lot from mimicking the influential adults in their lives. Active parents tend to raise active kids.

A Hydration Backpack Teaches Science

Outdoor backpacks are capable of providing  many science lessons.  Daypack hiking in the great outdoors is a classroom that young children would find quite fascinating.  Questions like, “what makes leaves green?” or “why is there a circle in the water whenever I toss a pebble in?” They become nostalgic for parents when they recall asking many of these same questions about nature as a child.  There is nothing as powerful as creating memories as a family while having fun.

Daypack Backpacks Can Cure Monotony

A daypack hiking trip can entice your kids to choose an active instead of sedentary lifestyle.  Consider a hiking trip as a change of pace. Don’t be surprised if they end up loving it so much that they want to go grab their hiking bag more and more. If they somehow get bored after multiple trips, try an overnight hiking camping backpack trip, and don’t forget to pack ingredients for s’mores.  Happy hiking!

Backpack Bags – Mother Nature’s Not-So-Pretty Parts

Eventually You Will Get A Nature Call

Backpack bags are packed by millions of hikers every year. According to the Outdoor Foundation, around 7.9 million people go backpacking every year in the US. Eventually, nature’s calling happens to us all while we are hiking. Are you considering hiking but find yourself panicky at the thought of having to defecate in the outdoors? Here are some rules and tips for proper pooping while backpacking to alleviate your fears and help you relax about this concern so that you can enjoy the fabulous world of hiking exploration.

Backpack Bags- Important Things To Include

Trowel Used To Dig Hole

Hikers have the privilege of being in Mother Nature’s home. Being responsible and treating your waste properly is a question of respect that all hikers should adhere to. Have you ever visited a popular camping area and out outside camp behind the bushes, trees and rocks you find lots of little wads of toilet paper? That’s not only gross, but extremely inconsiderate.  Everyone poops and sometimes it happens when it’s least convenient. Being prepared for your backpacking trip is paramount to handling every situation. Make sure you have the following items in your hiking bag.

  • Toilet paper (amount depends on length of trip) Another alternative is baby wipes
  • A flashlight (for night callings)
  • A small shovel or trowel
  • A Ziploc-type freezer bag
  • Hand sanitizer

Find a tree or clearing with a big rock to hide behind for privacy. Figure on being about 200′ away from your campsite, trail or water source. Using your pack shovel, dig a hole 6″ deep. Put the dirt to the side of the hole. Using a tree or rock to lean against helps you balance while going, or a boulder or fallen log can double as a toilet seat.   Once you are done, wipe and toss the paper into the hole and bury it all with the dirt from the hole you dug. Don’t let your shovel touch your feces.

If you don’t have a shovel or trowel, you could use a stick but it would make things more difficult. If you are caught off guard and have to poop quick, you can always treat it like your dog’s poop and use a baggie like a glove to pick up the poop, then deposit the poop-containing baggie in a larger, sealable bag for proper disposal later. Use caution to not contaminate your hiking pack.

Don’t have any toilet paper? Big leaves that are not from poisonous plants like ivy or oak can be used, but check the leaf for bugs before wiping. Smooth rocks or a handful of sand or snow work equally well.

Another option is to pack standard coffee filters, place those on the ground, and aim. Or poop into brown paper bags. Then wrap up the business, pack it out in a waste tube, bag, or Tupperware and seal it up. Any waste should be properly disposed of after reaching the trailhead restroom. FYI…cheap toilet paper will decompose just as easily as the feces itself. Feces contain plenty of bacteria that can break itself down like a septic tank. More expensive toilet papers may contain substances to enhance the strength and softness and therefore may not decompose as quickly. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer when you are finished.

Your hiking bag should always contain zip-loc type sealing bags for toilet paper and feminine hygiene products for disposing of once you are off the trail at a restroom or ranger facility. Always choose your defecating area at least 200′ away from water such as creeks, rivers and lakes to eliminate contamination.  Being aware of why disposing of feces and toilet tissue is important will help you understand why it’s done that way. We bury or dispose of poop to avoid:

  • Minimizing the chance of water pollution
  • Minimizing the spread of disease.
  • Minimizing the aesthetic impact of our hiking trails
  • Maximizing decomposition
  • Respecting fellow hikers
  • Not to attract bears or other large predators who are attracted to the saltiness of pee. Bears smell everything, including the undigested bits of food in your dog’s poop. It’s great to have Fido along, but please clean up after him in the same manner as disposing of your own waste material.

Backpack Bags – Hiking In The Desert or Mountains

Hiking Desert And Mountains

If you are backpacking in the desert, don’t bury your fecal waste in there. The waste will not decompose due to lack of bacteria in the dry soil.   Instead, smear the dropping into a thin layer with a stick or large rock. Leave the smeared remains uncovered and the sun will quickly decompose and sanitize the area.   If hiking in the mountains, rock slabs can be used in a similar manner, but don’t use places right on the trail. Choose a way off the beaten path behind brush about 200′ in the distance.

For everyone’s sake, we should all strive to keep Mother Nature’s house clean and tidy. Never leave toilet paper behind or fail to bury your feces properly. Hikers are a community of like-minded outdoor lovers. We shouldn’t be disgusting and irresponsible toward one another. Leave no trace, ever.  Happy hiking!

Trekking Backpack Trip – How To Plan Yours

Backpack Hiking Need Not Be Complicated

Trekking backpack trips require packing contents for your weekend camping trip, where to go, and how to prepare. That may seem overwhelming. You may want to give it a try but not knowing how to get it all together, you might forego the thought. Are you worried you won’t pack the right things in your hiking bag and be stuck in the wild without something crucial? Are you afraid of nature?  What exactly is keeping you from enjoying the Great Outdoors overnight?  Here are some ideas and pointers to consider that will alleviate your anxiety allowing you to simply kick back and get your zen on.

Trekking Backpack Selection Is Crucial

Outdoor backpack choices provide a means to carry the necessities you will need for a few days of overnight hiking. You will need a hiking pack that stands up to the elements of rain or moisture in the air, a sturdy material that will endure the weight of your camping equipment and essentials, plus one of quality workmanship. If you are new to hiking and camping and have never experienced the extreme hassle of broken zippers and hiking backpack straps, do yourself a favor and stay away from cheap department store backpacking backpacks.  You won’t be just carrying a few books and a lunch bag; you’re not headed off to school. Also vital is a quality pair of waterproof hiking boots that you have worn a bit to break them in. Trust me, blisters are not fun.

Your trekking backpack , which is just another name for a hiking backpack, will need to carry certain camping gear such as a backpacking tent, either a one man tent or a 2 person tent depending on whether this is a solo hike or not. Try to keep it around 3-4 lbs for ease of carry. It’s wise to have a camping mat to put between the floor of the tent and your sleeping bag for warmth and dryness, and for sitting at the campfire to keep you dry from ground moisture. You’ll need a sleeping bag that is lightweight but provides insulation from the cold ground. Some folks use a camping pillow. I often use my hiking pack as a pillow. A battery-powered lantern and a flashlight with extra batteries, plus matches in a waterproof container are must haves. If you plan ahead, you can save some dryer lint and pack that for an excellent lightweight fire starter.

Camping Backpack – Tools For The Trail

Your outdoor backpack should always contain a waterproof map, compass (learn how to read it before the trip) and your phone with GPS. Never count on just your cell phone alone because some remote areas may not have cell service or your battery could die with no way to recharge it in the wild.  Carry some basic tools such as a Swiss army style knife, a headlamp, and zip ties. Even if you are not a cook, you may want a lightweight (less than a pound) backpacking stove that can boil water fast for dehydrated food, coffee or soup. You will need to consider the fuel type you will be using and what equipment comes with your stove as an all-in-one option or if you need separate pans and cups. I love my MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s compact, lightweight and inexpensive. Bring a Spork with you , which is a combo spoon/fork, or some plastic forks and spoons since they are light weight. Using that idea you risk them breaking in your hike bag.

Trekking Backpack Food To Bring

Dehydrated Foods Are Quick And Easy To Fix

Trekking backpack bags carry your essential food and water for the entire length of your excursion. You shouldn’t laden your hiking pack with heavy canned goods. Hiking|camping is different than driving your car to your camping spot where you can bring all kinds of dishes, pots and pans and silverware along. You need the minimal stuff. Dehydrated food that only requires boiling water is as simple as it gets.  Lightweight non-refrigerated breads, granola bars, ramen noodles and beef jerky are popular. You need a good combination of protein and carbs for nourishment while hiking. I like the brand Good-To-Go since it tastes like real food, not cardboard. Individual packets of peanut butter, cream cheese, mayo and jelly are lightweight food options, as well as packets of tuna, chicken and salmon. It makes sense to keep your food in a bear canister (even if you are not in bear country) to not draw any critters to your camping area.

Hikers Need To Stay Hydrated

A hydration backpack with a sleeve for a hydration bladder can holds a day’s worth of water.  For carrying your water in bottles in your backpacking backpack, you can refill them IF you know there are water sources along your hike that you have verified on your map. In that case you will need water purification tablets to make sure the water you drink will not make you sick. That would surely ruin your trip.  Plan on consuming at least 2 liters of water per day you are hiking.

Examples Of Things To Carry In Your Trekking Backpack

Trekking Backpack Packs – Clothing And First Aid

Your trekking backpack will also be your “luggage” for the clothes you will need. Depending upon the time of year you are hiking, it’s always a good rule of thumb is to dress in layers since you may begin hiking in the early morning when it’s chilly and end up sweating in the afternoon, so you can remove pants while you wear shorts underneath and a flannel shirt while wearing a tank top beneath. Suggested material is moisture-wicking pants like you might wear at the gym. Shirts should be of the same material. For a weekend, take 3 pairs of wool (never cotton) socks, 2 pair of underwear, a warm jacket, a hat, sunglasses and a bandana, which can be worn backwards as sun protection for your neck.  An extra pair of pants and T-shirt are always a good idea in case you get wet from a sudden rainfall.

A camping bag should always carry first aid items for cuts, scrapes or blisters while hiking. A must-have is duct tape, which is excellent when applied to blisters or cuts and has countless other uses.  For a weekend you shouldn’t need a whole roll, so you can wrap several yards around a pencil for a lighter load. Include bandages, triple antibiotic gel like Neosporin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol, Benadryl or similar anti-histamine in case of allergic reactions to plants or environment, plus an anti-itch medication and hand sanitizer.  Sunscreen is an absolute must, and you should reapply every 90 minutes. Antacid tablets, bug spray and any medications you take should be in a waterproof container.  This may sound like a lot, but some of these items you may not use very time, however, if you need them you will be darn glad you have them. Small sized tubes and bottles should be lightweight and not take up much room.  This list would actually have many more things added if you were hiking for longer than a weekend.B and camping overnight is an experience well worth every second. Good planning and preparation will insure the most pleasant of excursions. Whatever you may forget to pack the first time, I can pretty much guarantee you will remember on future hikes. Experience is always the best teacher.  Feel free to comment below if you have a tip or suggestion for new hikers. We were all new at it one time, so help is always beneficial.  Happy hiking!

Camping Backpacks – Weekends Are Meant For Outdoor Fun

Nature is So Nurturing

Camping backpacks are easier to carry than luggage. I’m already packing mine. By Tuesday of every week, I am dreaming about the weekend and where I’ll be hiking. I’m planning and making food, I’m checking weather conditions online and I’m feeling a surge of anticipation for putting the work week behind me and giving the stress to my Mother….Nature that is. Not many people can afford two week luxury vacations, but there is no reason to not take time for yourself in the great outdoors and experience the calming tranquility of a weekend adventure that awaits you in hiking and camping.

Camping Backpacks Are Different

A camping backpack is not like little Susie’s second grade book bag. It’s used in the outdoors on hiking and camping missions. A hiking pack needs to be designed for the elements outdoors and with a means of carrying it comfortably once you pack it will all of your necessities for a couple of days. You never realize how much “stuff” you use until you need to contain it. With practice and experience, you will quickly learn what is truly needed and what is just extra when you are camping overnight.  Rain showers do pop up, even if you double checked the weather report. You will need a hiking backpack that is water resistant, or cover it with a hiking gear bag meant to make it waterproof. Susie’s book bag, most likely will not have multiple compartments for organization of things you need quick access to on the trail. It will not have MOLLE webbing to attach other hiking gear and pouches that contain necessities, as many outdoor packs do.

Camping Backpacks – How Do I Choose?

Camping backpacks selection can be overwhelming, but the folks at http://www.naturetrailbackpacks.com will help you decide on which type works for the activity you will be using it for. They are a great e-store with knowledgeable staff.  No question is too crazy. For hiking overnight you will need a large backpack that can accommodate a sleeping bag and small tent, plus food, water, first aid supplies and some hiking gear. During a day hike, for example, you would use a small hiking backpack. A good rule of thumb is the longer you will be on your journey, the larger the hiking bag should be. It can also be confusion when the size of the hiking pack is stated in liters. For a beginning guideline, camping overnight could be done with a 18-25 liter hiking day pack. Hiking and camping for the weekend would require more like a 35-45 liter outdoor backpack.

Camping Backpacks Can Contain Surprises

Camping backpacks filled with the essentials for being outside all weekend are not as daunting as they sound. If the “where to go” part confuses you, search online for hiking and camping areas in your zip code. You may want to opt for a guided tour your first few times, which is not a bad idea if you are an inexperienced hiker. There are groups that hike together that can help you be social and make friends. If you want quality time with your significant other, that’s OK too. The beauty of hiking is that you get to choose where, when and how often you go. You can plan everything in advance, which is great for campsites that need a reservation for you to pitch your tent there. You can also “fly by the seat of your pants” and be totally spontaneous. That can be very romantic and carefree. H

Feeding Each Other Is Sexy

Camping backpacks in nature screams romance, yet not many people totally get that. You’ve got blue skies, sunshine, wildflowers, bright stars and moon, campfire light, seclusion and a sense of freedom to do whatever makes you happy. It truly is an aphrodisiac to the senses. A five-star hotel can’t compete with a night under the stars. There are double-size air mattresses and sleeping bags to get cozy. When you toss some grapes and non-dairy cheese into your backpack bag, you can feed each other a late night snack. Spending your time around the campfire talking about the future or reminiscing about the past keeps your relationship alive without the pressures of a tourist type get-away where you are on the go every minute among crowds of strangers. An obvious mention is that the cost is minimal to enjoy the wilderness. You could always shop ahead of the weekend for a little trinket or memento to tuck away inside your hiking bag to surprise your partner with.

Camping Backpacks Bring Home To The Outdoors

Camping backpacks can carry all you need for a weekend. We all like our creature comforts, but packing for a vacation trip is different. You stuff all you can in a suitcase and pray it doesn’t exceed the 50 lb. limit that the airlines impose. Think of packing for a weekend camping hike as different, yet similar. Your time and attention will be spent exploring nature, relaxing under a beautiful sky and empowering your body to move and climb. The only imperative things needed are nourishment and water, protective clothing and outerwear for weather changes, sunscreen, first aid items and some camping gear. You won’t need a whole bag just for hair products, makeup and shaving. Hiking is “roughing it” and feeling good about things being natural, so you can travel much lighter.

Pack For Back To Basics

I am already psyched about going to snowshoe hiking this weekend, but other parts of the country aren’t having the colder temps we are experiencing, so I am longing for the camping hiking opportunities that are coming soon with Spring approaching. Why not take advantage of a romantic weekend to get some exercise, alone time to nurture a relationship or solo hiking to decompress from a hectic week. It’s all good.  Happy hiking!

Backpack Hiking Weekend Plan