Backpacking Basics: Everything You Need To Know To Start Backpacking


Hey y’all, I tried to pack this video with all the information I think you need to know if you want to start backpacking. The number 1 goal of this video is to make it as easy as possible for ANYONE to out on trail, especially if you don’t even know what to search for!

If you already watched my beginner backpacking playlist ( ), the new info is summarized below the table of contents.

00:00 Intro
00:45 10 Essentials of Hiking
05:15 SHELTERS
05:17 Tents
17:18 Stakes
18:28 Tarps
21:31 Bivy
23:14 Hammocks
27:00 SLEEP SYSTEMS
27:02 Sleeping Bags
29:31 Down vs Synthetic
36:55 Quilts
39:27 Sleeping Pads
39:42 Foam
41:25 Self Inflating
42:10 Inflatable
45:02 FOOTWEAR
45:10 Hiking Boots
50:21 Trail Runners
52:44 Sandals
55:08 How To Properly Fit
59:27 Camp Shoes
01:01:21 Socks
01:08:10 CLOTHING LAYERS
01:10:10 Underwear
01:12:09 Base Layers
01:13:32 Shirts
01:14:48 Pants/Shorts/Skirts
01:18:09 Mid Layers
01:21:10 Rain Gear
01:28:05 BUGS!
01:29:50 Ticks and General Repellants
01:33:03 Mosquitoes
01:35:33 Bees/Wasps
01:40:45 WATER TREATMENT
01:41:43 Boiling
01:43:43 Chemical Treatments
01:45:19 Filters
01:51:39 FOOD
01:56:54 Food Storage
02:01:35 Stoves
02:05:54 Cookware
02:10:33 ELECTRONICS
02:12:09 Backup Battery Packs
02:16:51 Solar Panel Chargers
02:22:39 FIRST AID
02:22:46 Take Care of Your Feet/Blisters
02:26:02 Plantar Fasciitis
02:27:32 Chafing
02:28:51 Sprains
02:30:17 Cuts and Scrapes
02:31:38 Poisonous Plants
02:32:34: Hypothermia
02:33:58 Hyperthermia
02:36:02 Snake Bites
02:38:49 First Aid Kit
02:40:50 HYGIENE
02:47:17 Going to the Bathroom
02:55:22 Menstruation
02:59:26 BAD WEATHER
03:00:14 Heavy Rain
03:08:25 Hail
03:09:12 Lightning
03:11:22 BACKPACKS
03:11:26 Picking a Pack
03:25:09 Fitting a Pack
03:30:14 Packing a Pack
03:32:13 CAMPING BASICS/LNT
03:32:20 Plan Ahead
03:32:49 Travel/Camp on Durable Surfaces
03:35:01 Respect Wildlife
03:36:53 Camp Fire Basics
03:38:18 Dispose of Waste
03:40:47 Be Considerate of Other Visitors
03:41:37 Leave What You Find

ADDED INFO NOT PRESENT IN ORIGINAL SERIES
*Permethrin is toxic to cats
*When removing a tick, make sure the tick’s head isn’t still attached to your skin
*Water filter can be damaged if frozen. To prevent filter from freezing overnight, keep the filter in a ziplock bag with you in your sleeping bag.
*Difference between Water Filter and Purifier: Water filter removes bacteria, but the pore size is too big to remove viruses. A mechanical purifier has small enough pores to filter out viruses.
*Section Added to First Aid: Hyperthermia aka heat exhaustion. Summary: avoid hiking in prime heat of day, take breaks, be mindful of the level of humidity. High humidity compromises your body’s ability to sweat and your sweat’s ability to evaporate and cool your body down. Carry an umbrella in exposed areas.
Signs of hyperthermia: rapid pulse, signs of exhaustion, losing consciousness, rapid shallow breathing, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness.

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