Backpacking Tips Blog

Don't miss a tip! Each added or updated page on our Backpacking Tips site will be included in this blog page and the RSS feed. Keep up to date automatically in your browser or RSS reader by clicking on the orange RSS button to add our RSS feed to your system.

Homemade Trail Mix

QUESTION: What is a good homemade trail mix? ANSWER: We always say that the best homemade trail mix is the one that contains things you like and will

Continue reading "Homemade Trail Mix"

First Time Backpacking - What About Food and Bears?

Hey Guys! Finally a site where you can ask questions. I love going to the stores larger than most continents like REI and Gander Mountain to look at

Continue reading "First Time Backpacking - What About Food and Bears?"

Do I need liner socks for backpacking?

QUESTION: What are liner socks and do I need them for backpacking? If so, why? ANSWER: Liner socks for backpacking or hiking are thin moisture-wicking

Continue reading "Do I need liner socks for backpacking?"

Where do you put your backpacking bag?

QUESTION: Let's say you're backpacking and want to travel light and your food, clothing and other gear is in your backpack. Also since you want to travel

Continue reading "Where do you put your backpacking bag?"

Here's How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking or Backpacking

Learn how to pack a backpack correctly for short or long hiking and backpacking trips. Tips for internal and external frame packs.

Continue reading "Here's How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking or Backpacking"

Backpacking Tips - Tips from the Hiking Trail for Backpackers

Top backpacking tips, based on real-life backpacker experiences of a father-son hiking team.

Continue reading "Backpacking Tips - Tips from the Hiking Trail for Backpackers"

The 10 Essentials List - Ten Hiking Essentials for Survival

Here's the famous 10 Essentials List for hikers and backpackers. Learn why all ten are necessary for your survival.

Continue reading "The 10 Essentials List - Ten Hiking Essentials for Survival"

Backpacking for Beginners: How to Get Started Right

Are you a beginning backpacker? Don't miss the valuable tips and essential info you'll need to know before hitting the trail.

Continue reading "Backpacking for Beginners: How to Get Started Right"

Best Pack Weight for Backpacking Trip?

I'm looking to do a 4 day back country trip, and I haven't done it in ages. What's a average weight a pack should weigh for a trip like this? ANSWER:

Continue reading "Best Pack Weight for Backpacking Trip?"

Coffeeeeeee!!! Use Loose Tea Filters for Backpacking Coffee

I know everyone has their own method for making backpacking coffee on the hiking trail, but I have discovered an extremely easy lightweight alternative

Continue reading "Coffeeeeeee!!! Use Loose Tea Filters for Backpacking Coffee"

Great Homemade Fire Starters for Backpacking

Before you head out backpacking you can save your selves many problems starting a fire by making simple extremely lightweight homemade fire starters that

Continue reading "Great Homemade Fire Starters for Backpacking"

lightweight survival tools for backpacking

Here are some essential tools that I take on every backpacking trip and have served me well. First is 3-4ft of 3/8 Surgical tubing, which can be used

Continue reading "lightweight survival tools for backpacking"

I Want to Go Back to Philmont Because...

Almost everyone who has hiked and backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico has said at one time or another, I want to go back to Philmont!

Continue reading "I Want to Go Back to Philmont Because..."

Backpacking Supplies Tip - Duct Tape Lighter

Here's a great backpacking supplies tip for lightweight emergency preparedness: On your regular lighter, wrap it neatly as many times as you would like

Continue reading "Backpacking Supplies Tip - Duct Tape Lighter"

Don't wash all of your wool socks at the same time!

On a long backpacking trip we arrived at a camp where we would stay for two days, and I decided to use that time to wash all of my Wigwam wool hiking socks

Continue reading "Don't wash all of your wool socks at the same time!"

Backpacking Tip - Orange Garbage Bag Liner

One of my best backpacking tips I've used and taught my Scouts over the years is to use an orange colored trash bag to line their backpacks. This serves

Continue reading "Backpacking Tip - Orange Garbage Bag Liner"

D-List for Dreamy Backpacking

My Top 5 Backpacking Tips Are: 1. D-Feet: In order to enjoy the simplist or most challenging walk, the feet must be in shape and well fitted for the walk.

Continue reading "D-List for Dreamy Backpacking"

5 Backpacking Tips from a New Hiker

Before 2010, I had not backpacked a single step. Now I've packed over 100 miles including a 9 day 54 mile trip with my son & his Scout Troop! Woo Hoo!

Continue reading "5 Backpacking Tips from a New Hiker"

Frank's 5ive Faves.

My Top 5 Backpacking Tips Are: #5 - Learn alternate ways to navigate. GPS units fail, maps get wet, compasses break, batteries become exhausted, but the

Continue reading "Frank's 5ive Faves."

The Essentials... Out and Away

My Top 5 Backpacking Tips Are: 1. Know Yourself: Skills and Limitations. It is nice to rely on gear, guides and guesses, but in the end, it comes down

Continue reading "The Essentials... Out and Away"

Add Your Comment!

Please give us your comments and tips about the topic on this page.