Many people consider a first backpacking trip as a rite of passage that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Whether you want to enjoy the freedom that backpacking can provide you with, or you are keen to experience different cultures from all over the world, then your first backpacking trip will create memories that you will look back on fondly for the rest of your life. However, heading off without your family and with all your possessions in a single backpack can be daunting and challenging, so it is important that you are prepared in order to make the most out of your trip. To make the process even easier for you, we have put together this guide of four things you need to know before your first backpacking trip, to ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime.
While you will want to be planned and prepared for what is to come during your backpacking trip, it is important that you learn to be flexible and go with the flow. Not everything will go exactly to plan, and you will have to be prepared for some changes to your original schedule. Traveling is the perfect opportunity to let go of the rigid schedules that make up our day to day life at home, so embrace the freedom that traveling provides you with and go with the flow of travel. Let your journey take you where you end up, and you may find that you experience even more than you anticipated.
You can eat cheaply
A backpacking trip doesn’t come cheap and if you plan to be away from home for a lengthy duration, then the costs will soon start to add up. Therefore, it is important that you live as cheaply as possible throughout your trip and watch what money you are spending. Many first-time backpackers make the mistake of eating in tourist regions and at expensive restaurants, but the best tip we can give you is to eat where the locals eat. This is how you get cheap authentic food that tastes the best! After spending some time on the road your whole perception of ‘cheap’ will change and you will soon learn how to spot the best deals.
Have the right gear
It is crucial that you have all the gear and equipment you need throughout your trip, and that you invest in good quality products. The last thing you want is to need to re-purchase items while you are away because you may have limited access to the best deals. Therefore, before you leave home, you should invest in all the right gear that you need but keep it to a minimum because everything you take away with you will need to fit in your backpack. You should also invest in the best hiking boots for your money as having a comfortable and good-quality pair of boots will make all the difference to your backpacking experience.
Pick your traveling companion carefully
While you may have had a pact with your best friend since you were kids that you would go backpacking together, you should be careful when picking your travel companion. Even the best of friends can clash during the intense experience of backpacking, so think carefully about who you want to spend every day with for the duration of your trip.
Going on your first backpacking trip can be the experience of a lifetime, and by being prepared you can focus your attention on making new friends, learning about new cultures, and embracing everything that the world has to offer.