The best way to get started with backpacking is by making sure you’ve packed all the right essentials. Outside’s Bryan Rogala walks us through the items he brings on every adventure.
Of course, the first supply you need for any backpacking trip is fairly obvious: a backpack. Invest in one that’s sturdy enough to hold up during bad weather or rough conditions. Bryan recommends a 50-60 liter pack– large enough to fit all your essentials without getting too heavy. You’ll also need a two-person tent, 20-degree sleeping back, and sleeping pad to ensure you have a comfortable place to rest. Then, for the smaller (but equally important) items: Pick out a high quality backpacking stove for cooking on the trail, bring some moleskin for blisters, find a comprehensive trail map of the area you’re visiting, and (last but not least) fill a small bottle with whiskey for some post-hiking relaxation.
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