How to Make the Most of Your Backpacking Gear before You Go

Figuring out what to bring on a backpacking trip can be incredibly daunting. There are a huge number of conditions to consider, including climate, trip length, difficulty of excursions and size of your pack.

Here are some important general things to consider when shopping and putting together your gear.

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7 Great Multi-Purpose Things for Travel

Sometimes you don’t have a lot of room in your bag or you’re trying to reduce the number of things you’re bringing. Multi-purpose travel items help you manage both. They might cost you a little more, but their usefulness and practicality are often worth the difference.

Backpacking Tales: Top Five Things I Would Fight to Keep

When I traveled through Latin America, I had a 65L pack full of stuff. But I quickly learned what were my absolute essentials: things I felt I couldn’t live without, worked hard to protect or were determined to fight for if someone tried to rob me.

25 Essential Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

In October 2011, I had just started backpacking around South America. I didn’t speak any Spanish, I was incredibly homesick and suddenly realized I didn’t really know why I had signed up for the Inca Trail in the first place.

Still, I managed to soldier on, hike the Colca Canyon the week prior, and accumulate a wealth of advice and tips for other aspiring hikers.