Backpacking is a great outdoor activity for everyone. As captain Jako Hall says, it’s an activity that can be done by avid backpackers or amateurs who are just looking to take a quick day trip.
No matter your skill level and how long or difficult the trek is, there are some essentials you should pack. Below are some of the gadgets, essentials and accessories you’ll need to make your travelling experience as enjoyable as possible.
#1. The Backpack Itself
Start with the obvious — the backpack you’ll be bringing with you. The pack should hold roughly 65 litres or less and be light but sturdy. It should definitely be waterproof, or it should at least have a cover for rain.
The pack should feel comfortable when you wear it, with pads for your shoulders and a band to put around your hips. From a practical standpoint, there should be an abundance of pockets and compartments, and it should open both from the bottom and top so you can reach whatever you need easily.
Finally, make sure the backpack can be adjusted to the size of your body and that it feels right. You’ll be walking a while with this on your back, so try it on for size before buying it if you can.
#2. Storage Bags
A great tip is to put as much of your belongings in storage bags before placing them in your backpack. You can use vacuum seal bags to save plenty of space for your clothes. If you’re on a multi-day trip, you can put your dirty clothes in another bag to keep them separate from everything else you’re carrying.
Dry bags can help keep any cables or electronics protected from possible moisture. This would include a camera, GPS or other navigational devices you might be bringing on your trip.
Packing the right amount and the correct type of clothes is essential for any backpacking trip. You’ll want clothes that fit well, allow you to breathe and move, and are warm yet light.
It’s always a good idea to pack clothes so you can layer up — easily adding or subtracting layers as your body gets hot or cold. Remember that you should always be prepared and bring extra clothes, just in case. And keep in mind that extra clothes also could include a backup pair of footwear if you have the room.
#4. Accessories and Toiletries
Whether you’re staying overnight or not, it’s important that you have toiletries with you. This could include simple deodorant, sunblock and soap. Or, if it’s a multi-day trip, you would want to add a toothbrush and toothpaste, soaps to bathe with, moisturisers and maybe even soap to clean your clothes.
It’s always great to have micro-fibre towels to dry either your hands, your body or anything else you’re bringing with you. And never forget to bring a First Aid kit with you, just in case.
#5. Food and Supplies
You should also be prepared to have enough food to last your entire trip. This might include full meals for multi-day trips or snacks that pack a protein punch.
As Jako Hall explains, it’s important not to forget that you’ll need a container for water as well as utensils to prepare food and eat with. If you aren’t carrying water with you, consider purchasing a straw that has a built-in filtration system. That way, you never have to worry about drinking unsanitary water — or be forced to boil all your water before you drink it.
About Jako Hall
Captian Jako Hall is an experienced mariner and a former naval officer known for his strong work ethic and ability to lead and motivate crews. He pursued Maritime Studies at the University of Technology in Cape Town and has received the highest level of training in Navigation and Seamanship during his years in the Navy. After 13 distinguished years in the Navy, Jako joined the superyacht industry, following his passion for creating unique and exclusive experiences for high-net-worth clients. He’s managed multi-million euro projects that required attention to detail and efficiency and has a proven track record of operating at sea in remote and unsupported areas.