How to Go Backpacking


Articles: 8


If you’re ready to venture beyond the car campground by putting a pack on your back and hitting the trail, you need to learn a few basics. We cover everything from trip and meal planning to how to go to the bathroom in the woods. Plus, we made a printable checklist so you don’t forget any essentials.

  • A backpacker walks across a footbridge in the woods

    Skills

    Backpacking for Beginners

    398 reviews with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars

    If you enjoy camping and hiking, take it to the next level with backpacking. Here's a primer on how to get ready for your first trip.

  • Image of male backpacker looking into the distance

    Skills

    How to Plan a Backpacking Trip

    138 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars

    Learn practical tips for planning and organizing a backpacking trip, such as how to choose a destination and pack appropriately.

  • how to pack a backpack

    Skills

    How to Pack and Hoist a Backpack

    1045 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Learn the tricks for packing and hoisting your backpack, including ways to balance the load, organize gear and ensure essentials are handy.

  • two campers connect tent poles to tent

    Skills

    How to Set Up a Tent

    190 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Learn how to select a good campsite and get tips on setting up your footprint, poles, rainfly and guylines when you’re pitching your tent.

  • three backpackers raising their backpacking bowls to cheers each other

    Skills

    Backpacking Food Ideas & Meal Planning

    321 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

    Eating is one of the best things we do on the trail. Learn tips on how to plan snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for your next backpacking trip.

  • A man using a water filter to treat water in the backcountry

    Skills

    How to Treat Water in the Backcountry

    162 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars

    Get handy water-treatment tips and learn about protozoa, bacteria and viruses in lakes and streams, and how to avoid contaminated sources.

  • A roll of toilet paper hangs on a tree branch.

    Skills

    How to Go to the Bathroom in the Woods

    504 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Before you gotta go, make sure you know where to go and how to Leave No Trace when you do.

  • Illustration of items in a backpacking checklist

    Checklists

    Backpacking Checklist

    1003 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Our comprehensive backpacking essentials checklist features required and optional gear, clothing and accessories. Hit the trail with confidence!