Best Backpacking Day Pack – How to Choose

Carrying a day pack for side trips while backpacking is another area where for a long time I fought even the slightest bit of extra weight. We would empty out our backpacks and carry one of those for any day hiking adventures when base camping in the backcountry. But, having a small day pack is…

Best Battery Backup for Backpacking – How to Choose

Increasingly, humans are reliant on electronic devices in every aspect of our lives. Backpacking is no different and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. GPS is a far easier way to venture into the wild than paper maps and a compass. Jennifer and I use maps.me on our cellphones for almost all trail navigation these…

Best Backpacking Apparel – How to Choose

The Best Backpacking Apparel Having the best backpacking apparel can be the difference between a great journey into the wilderness and a miserable one. Comfortable shoes, a rain jacket, and a warm jacket are just the start of the apparel that might be needed for a successful backpacking trip. The following is our list of…

Best Hiking Poles for Backpacking – How to Choose

Trekking poles (AKA: hiking sticks) are an odd thing for backpackers. Some of our fellow backpackers refuse to use them but others refuse to go without them. We personally love them. They are a must-have when backpacking through creeks on slippery rocks as they help maintain balance and give more points of contact in uncertain…

Best Backpacking Emergency Gear – How to Choose

Nature is wild and it can be dangerous. The best backpacking emergency gear and supplies should include items that help you not only survive an accident but also follow leave-no-trace principles. More often than not twisted ankles, blisters, broken gear, and the need to use the facilities when there are none are the great challenges…

Best Backpacking Lamps – How to Choose

I am so thankful to live in an age when backpacking can be done without a kerosene lantern or even a traditional flashlight that uses heavy batteries. LEDs have made lanterns and headlamps extremely lightweight and they generate no heat, allowing for ease of use around the campsite or directly inside the tent. Flashlights are…