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  • 15 Backpacking Tips For Your First Backpacking Trip

    Day 2 of my first ever backpacking trip! I’ve come so far since then – and you will too!

    Is backpacking on your bucket list? Do you dream of sleeping under the stars and waking up to mountain views, exploring the backcountry that day hikers never get to see?

    Backpacking is an incredible experience, and one thats changed my life in amazing ways! But backpacking for beginners can be super intimidating.

    When I first started my backpacking journey 2 years ago, I was overwhelmed by everything – what kind of gear I needed, where to go, and yes, how to 💩 in the woods.

    Since then, I’ve backpacked over 100 miles (mostly solo), doing section hikes on the Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and thru-hiked the Trans-Catalina Trail in 2024.

    This guide covers the 15 most-essential tips for backpacking I wish I knew as a beginner, so you can hit the trail safely and with confidence your first time backpacking.

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    The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace for Hikers

    You may have heard about the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace – but do you know what they mean? Every year millions of Americans visit our parks, forests and deserts looking for adventure in the pristine wilderness. Sadly, every summer trails and recreation areas are littered with trash and…