New To Backpacking – All backpackers in the world come across a time when a few of their friends start developing interest in backpacking.
They may ask hundreds of questions.
Have a hundred other doubts and whatnot!
Yes, this can be overwhelming.
But if you want to help them, we have something for you.
Guide Friends New To Backpacking
Here are four tips for guiding your friends who are new to backpacking.
So, are you ready?
Let’s get going then.
Let Them Have Their Questions
The first thing that you need to do is let them bombard you with their questions (not literally, but welcome them).
They may ask you about the expenses.
They may ask you about accommodation.
Getting lost in the jungle.
And everything else under the sun.
Just hear them out and give answers from your own experiences.
Once this is done, their minds may be at peace concerning the idea of backpacking.
So, you can now move ahead and guide them.
Tell Them What Not To Do
On your backpacking journeys so far, you would surely have made a number of mistakes.
On some days you might have forgotten your documents in the hotel room.
On some days you might have left the cash.
And on some days you might have spent a fortune on something that wasn’t worth it.
All of this might have led to some sort of trouble.
And if not that, you might just have kept thinking about it.
Now that you are guiding your friend(s), you wouldn’t want them to make these silly mistakes, would you?
So, educate them.
Tell them about how you made these mistakes and how these affected your backpacking experience.
Even though backpacking is a lot about thinking less and travelling more, some precautions must be practiced for a safe and memorable experience.
Tell Them What to Do
Once you have told them what they must not do on their travel escapades, it’s important for you to tell them about what they must do.
For example, carrying the right set of essentials so they don’t get stuck unnecessarily.
Most of us have been through a time when we were on a trek and couldn’t find matches to lit up a bonfire.
Try to keep your buds away from such trouble when you can.
Tell them about the tools that they must carry.
For reference, here’s a small list.
- A magnetic compass
- First aid kit
- Knife and other similar tools
- A pair of hiking boots
- A lighter, in case you may want to set up a small bonfire
Apart from these, you may also suggest your hunting enthusiast friends to safely carry their ammunition using condor MOLLE pouches.
This will keep magazines from being lost and will keep them close so they don’t have to waste time in panic situations.
Educate Them About the Importance Of Observing and Acquiring
Backpacking is one of the most adventurous sports that one can participate in.
It lets an individual’s mind be expanded and allows it to explore the beauties that are there in the world but often go unnoticed.
And then, it’s an experience that can’t be inherited or conveyed in words.
To make the most out of it, your friends would need to live, observe, acquire and improvise.
So, talk to them about this.
Tell them how it’s important to keep their ears and eyes open during their backpacking journey.
Once you have communicated the pointers above, your friend(s) will probably be adventure ready for starting their backpacking journey.
And we’d love to hear about their experiences.