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Backpacking Supplies: The Essentials to Have on Hand

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick • edited by: KJ Fitness,Ink • updated: 5/18/2009

Backpacking supplies are all those essentials that are imperative to have in your backpack while you’re trekking and when you stop to set up camp. Unlike car camping, you’ll want just the bare necessities for the best experience with safety and comfort in mind in that order of importance.

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    Our Bright Hub commitment to you is to provide articles as dependable resources to make informed decisions about exactly what you’re searching for. Our goal is to present you with the relevant information boiled down to the essence (in this case backpacking supplies) as clearly as possible before you get pulled on many different links by the sellers of the goods you’re researching who want your money. Find out here exactly what you need before you shop. Carrying everything you need to exist for a few days in the middle of nowhere is an unbelievably liberating experience. Consult this two part series to know just what to bring.

    Advances in technology have paved the way for a trend that has exploded for those venturing into the wilderness for extended treks which is known as ultralight backpacking. Your primary backpacking supplies strapped to your back such as the packs themselves, tents, sleeping bags, apparel (to include raingear which used to be quite heavy), stoves, sleeping pads, and pots/cooking gear have all come down significantly in weight. That all translates into more comfort and mobility for the destination hiker out on the trail. The amazing thing is that in most cases, the functionality and effectiveness of these articles has not suffered as a result of making them lighter.

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    There is a lot to be said for the benefit of checking out the local sporting goods store for what they have to offer, especially when it comes to buying new gear. Try and find that person in the store who is an enthusiast Mystic Lake and knows what they’re talking about. For the supplies and gear that you already are familiar with, scour the internet for the best prices. And if you’re thinking about organic hiking boots, check out the informative article Organic Hiking Boots: The Conscientious Footwear Decision. Trekking poles are also a highly recommended addition to your gear supply. Learn all about them in Use Trekking Poles for Hiking: The Benefits and Basics

    Now, let’s move on to where you’re going to buy all these supplies, gear, and equipment. The good news is that there are many sporting goods outlets and web based sources all competing to get your business. Moreover, there are different brand names for many and most of the supplies you will need. Do a little research before you shop. Type in ‘reviews’ for any of the products listed above that you will need. Backcountry.com is a great resource for that. Here’s a small list of trusted stores, brands, and/or websites to buy your supplies and get good advice on individual products; REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, Patagonia, Marmot, Moosejaw, Campmor, Altrec.com, Mountainsmith, Bob Wards, Camel Back, Kelty, and Osprey. In part 2 of this series you’ll get the specific list of everything you’ll want in that pack to make for a memorable, safe, and comfortable expedition.