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11 Pro Tips for Packing for Your First Backpacking Trip

I’d consider myself a pretty experienced backpacker—last summer, I spent more than three months backpacking 1,000 miles. But it was only two years before that I went on my first backpacking trip. It was 10 miles one way, I didn’t prepare properly, and I hadn’t really hiked before. I could barely lift my pack, it was so heavy, and my sleeping pad swayed precariously every time I took a step. Despite being wildly unprepared, this trip started me on the path toward some incredible outdoor experiences . But I do…

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