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Basic Backpacks

It’s about that time to start planning backpacking trips. There’s a plethora of helpful information out there so for beginners, we will try to breakdown some backpacking basics so you don’t carry unnecessary things and learn to pack light but not compromising with the bare essentials on your next backpacking adventure.
First thing first before planning a trip/tour/trek, check the weather, trail conditions, road condition, accessibility, and any other wildlife information that may be critical to the area.
You’ll want a pack that is the right size and capacity for you. Knowing how to adjust it to fit your body can make a big difference in comfort. As per our experience we prefer carrying a water proof Day pack of 20ltrs for storing things which you are going to use more often, a Backpack with rain cover or dry sac and a waist pouch for your currency and other essential papers for example on a regular travel of 03-05 days a 35lts backpack is ideal but if you are planning for alpine trek for same duration where you have to carry your own camping gear then good quality bright colored water proof 55ltrs backpack will be perfect now comes the confusion part should I buy different backpacks or should I look for one size for all of my travel needs?
As per our recommendation a backpack of 55ltrs with long head will be perfect and ideal for any sort of travel. Look for HIGH SIERRA Titan 55 backpack – 55 L which comes with Lifetime stitching guarantee, Perfect for hikers or travelers and Durable and comfortable. Or Lowe Alpine Aeon 35ltrs Hiking Backpack (Anthracite) but this backpack do not have rain covers so need to add a fully water proof dry sac.
Some essentials to pack include your Camping, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, compact kitchen(Stove and camping utensils), first aid , food, water + filter, clothing, pocket knife, cord, aluminum graded Flash/torch light, sunscreen, bug repellent and wag bags for properly handling the waste.
Pack layers for the weather, accordingly. Long layers might be needed for cooler weather and thick foliage while having a light or short layer is great for warmer days hanging out at camp. Keep your rain layers accessible while on the trail and your warm layers away from anywhere that could get wet.
Always protect your Sleeping bag trust me it will be a nightmare when you sleeping bag is wet and you cannot do anything. Some light weight recommendation-Full sleeved cotton T-shirts, Dry fit T-shirts, Down jackets, fleece jacket, Rain/wind sheet, good Gore-Tex pants with inners layering and a heavy water proof jacket. Last but not the least always follow the rule of layering because it gives proper insulation to the body and prevents the heat loss during the night.
Your shoes can really make or break your experience depending on the distance and terrain you are covering. Consider a shoe like the Salomon Men’s Quest 4d 3 GTX Backpack which provides Light & cushioned with running shoe adapted technology, yet supportive enough for backpacking, the Quest 4D waterproof hiking boot has optimal cushioning and traction-plus GORTEX will keep water off say rain and for great breathability in warm temps, keeping your feet dry and comfortable all day long.
Don’t forget trusted socks and always carry an extra pairs (Cotton, Woolens).
We will be going to add more details on this topic on a regular basis with various shared experiences.

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