The last time I went on my solo backpack trip was before my marriage, which I was eager to attend with all my inexperience lacking solo backpacking tips. Recently, I went on my first solo backpacking trip after a long quarantine to visit my friends and family who I have not seen for a while. My journey was surely a great experience as most of my planning worked out nicely. The trip is technically not a backpacking solo because I was driving around with my car without any backpack. Furthermore, it doesn’t feel as good as going with my wife and kids (or maybe it does but I can’t just say it like that knowing that my wife would read this).
However, I was able to relive my young days, and the trip brought back lots of nostalgia. As I have recalled many of my backpacking alone experiences. I need to write them down and share with you some lessons that appeared on the path. I hope this blog will be helpful for your solo backpacking journey, especially for those who are backpacking alone for the first time.
Backpack with others
Make use of your hiking friends and family to guide you through the early phases. If that isn’t an option, search for outdoor organizations, groups, and guided trips to get you started with backpacking. After you’ve become used to backpacking in groups, you’ll be more equipped, both physically and emotionally, to go solo.
If you’re new to backpacking, spend a season or more traveling with others before attempting a solo journey. Get your equipment dialed in and familiarize yourself with how everything works. Before embarking on solo backpacking, practice sleeping in the woods and developing basic navigation skills with other people.
Select the location and route
While it is always vital to plan your trip carefully and completely regardless of the number of people traveling. This stage is especially crucial when backpacking alone.
The first step in organizing a solo backpacking trip is deciding where you want to travel. Are you traveling to the California mountains to pan for gold? Are your trip is to your homeland in Europe to see your homeland and experience all the amazing things it has to offer?
Whatever you select, it is critical that you thoroughly organize your vacation. You can avoid getting lost this way, and you can let those who care about you know precisely where you are supposed to be on any given day of your trip.
One of the best parts of traveling alone is that your destination is entirely up to you. You don’t have to worry about what the other people in your group want to do. This will allows you to experience everything you want to do and see more quickly. You won’t be worried about being bogged down by side trips in which you have no interest.
Contact the Local Ranger Office
Next solo backpacking tips, contact the local office of the agency in charge of the land you intend to backpack on. They frequently receive new information before it is released online. Whatever national or state agency you contact, they will provide you with the most up-to-date information on dispersed camping regulations, permit requirements, and current access road and trail conditions. Inquire about your exact itinerary and any suitable campsites they may have.
Following the pre-planned route
Read up on your route as part of your pre-trip preparation. Online trail descriptions are a good place to start, but studying a topographic map of the area you want to visit will provide you with the type of in-depth knowledge you need to backpack solo properly. With Google Maps, you can get a good sense of the terrain, find and pick suitable campsites, mark trail junctions and important landmarks, and plan the best path to escape in case of an emergency.
Pro solo backpacking tips: You may search Google for public tracks from other hikers and backpackers to assist guide your route planning.
Share your status
One of the most crucial things you should do before going on a solo vacation is to share your ideas. It is essential for all trips, but especially solo backpacking by yourself. I have listened to enough stories of outdoor adventures gone awry. A similar pattern always emerges: the missing backpacking alone person or group did not leave their itinerary with friends or relatives. When the crap hits the fan, it might be the difference between being rescued swiftly or not at all.
When I went on a solo backpack, I personally told my wife (my girlfriend then) and my parents.
If you are planning to make a trip to Idaho, maybe my traveling blogs can help, especially if your location is in Boise or McCall.