Backpacking is a great way to see another country or any site within your country especially if you have a tight budget. It’s economical and a backpacking adventure can bring you to places that veer away from the frequently trodden paths of tourist traps. Backpacking is usually a communal activity, one that involves a couple or groups traveling together. But for those who are truly adventurous, backpacking solo provides its own thrill. Here’s how to prepare for a solo backpacking adventure.
Before discussing how to go about a solo backpacking trip, be forewarned that it is a very dangerous activity. If something happens to you, no one will be there to assist you. Now that the warning has been said, time to go back to the tips.
As mentioned in the warning above, solo backpacking is very risky. That’s why the first thing you should do is to be aware of the dangers of doing this. Do some research so you know what you’ll face. You should also check the rules and the laws as it applies to backpacking and camping in the place you plan to visit. For example, in some parks, it is required that you get a permit first before you can go on your adventure.
You shouldn’t just go off without informing people about what you’re planning to do. Tell your friends and family about your trip and your desire to backpack on your own. But telling them is not the only thing you should do. You should plot your trip and the paths you intend to take on a map and leave it with friends or relatives. Yes, this will mean you can’t deviate from your stated path and will restrict your movements somewhat, but it’s a small price to pay in case something happens and you need to be rescued.
You should ask someone to bring you to your stated drop off point and ask them to pick you up at the end of your trip. This way, someone knows where started and you also give yourself a definite deadline for your trip and a specific location on where to go at the end of it.
Bring a cell phone or walkie-talkie and some cash with you in case you need to contact someone or you have to change your plans because of an emergency. You should acquaint yourself with the towns that are nearest the area you are traveling and know how to get there.
You should pack conscientiously. Make sure that all the things you need are with you. It’s a crucial mistake if you leave some vital piece of equipment or tool when you absolutely need it because you just can’t ask for help. Always remember that on a solo backpacking trip you will only have yourself and you can’t rely on anyone.
Communicate with people you meet on your trip. Joggers, backpackers and campers are friendly lot and it is a good idea to chat with them to exchange information, which in turn is vital for your safety and theirs.
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