I can still remember my first backpacking trip. I was 23, was not in the best of shape, and had no idea what I was doing. It was up in Washington, I forgot my hiking boots, and we didn’t bring nearly enough food. But ya know what? I still had the time of my life and have been hooked ever since. So much that in 2015, I spent 22 days backpacking the John Muir Trail.

I’ve learned a lot over the years, and whether you are completely new to backpacking to have a ton of miles under your belt, we offer a ton of resources to get away from the hustle and bustle and into the backcountry. From our most popular trail guides, to our favorite gear, and planning tips, our backpacking blog posts will help you plan a perfect trip under the stars.

Planning your Trip

Getting out the door is the first step! Use our detailed planning guides to help you get ready for your next adventure:

Best Backpacking Destinations

Here are some of our most popular trail guides. These guides talk about everything from permits, where to camp, necessary gear, and whether water is available on the trail.

Not close enough to you? We recommend using the app, Alltrails, to find backpacking trails near you, or check out the posts at the bottom of this page for more ideas.

Helpful Backpacking Tips

Take your backpacking skills to the next level with our detailed backpacking tips.

Thru-hiking

Ready for a long distance thru-hike that’ll leave you wanderlusting for a few weeks or months? I hiked the John Muir Trail in 2015 and Kim, our Director of Content, solo hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Here are some of resources to help you conquer a long distance thru-hike.

Building Your Backpacking Gear Closet

Looking to pick up a new item? We have a “How to Choose” Series that walks you through building out your gear closet. gear closet as well as what to consider when making some big gear purchases:

PIN THIS GUIDE

Learn everything you need to know to plan a wilderness backpacking trip, including our favorite trails, tips, gear & all of our most popular blog posts.

Top 10 Tested & Tried Backpacking Gear Items

There are tons of options when it comes to selecting gear for backpacking. Our favorites have proven to be lightweight and durable to sustain multiple treks in the backcountry.

Recent Posts About Backpacking

Baron Lakes is one of those iconic hikes in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains with several high alpine lakes to choose from and wide open views of the jagged Sawtooth Range.  Get my trail and campsite tips with this detailed Baron Lakes backpacking guide. Trail Guide: Backpacking to Baron Lakes in Idaho

Trail Guide: Backpacking to Baron Lakes in Idaho

Idaho

Plan an epic backpacking trip to Baron Lakes in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains with this trail guide.
The best sleeping bags for backpacking are lightweight, warm, and comfortable. Here's our favorite sleeping bags for variety of budgets. Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2019

Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2019

Outdoor Gear

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20 tried and true tips for staying warm while cold weather camping. Be prepared & comfortable for cold weather camping regardless of the temperature. Backcountry Female Hygiene Tips: Staying Clean on Outdoor Adventures

Backcountry Female Hygiene Tips: Staying Clean on Outdoor Adventures

Backpacking

Wondering how to stay fresh in the wild? Stay clean while camping and hiking with our female hygiene tips...
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A round-up of the best hikes in Utah. Explore Utah's epic landscapes and get tips for tackling these bucketlist trails. Best Hikes in Utah: 14 Epic Trails for your Bucketlist – MAPPED!

Best Hikes in Utah: 14 Epic Trails for your Bucketlist – MAPPED!

Utah

A round-up of the best hikes in Utah! Get tips for exploring these bucketlist trails from Southern Utah National...
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A roundup of the best bear canisters for backpacking with info on every canister's weight, pros and cons, and tips for using them. The Best Lightweight Bear Canisters for Backpacking

The Best Lightweight Bear Canisters for Backpacking

Outdoor Gear

A roundup of the best bear canisters for backpacking with info on every canister's weight, pros and cons, and...
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Prepare for the John Muir Trail by brushing up on Leave No Trace. Get tips for going to the bathroom, choosing a campsite, food storage & more on the JMT. How to Leave No Trace on the John Muir Trail

How to Leave No Trace on the John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

Prepare for the John Muir Trail by brushing up on Leave No Trace. Get tips for going to the...
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If you've ever been lost while hiking, you know it's a scary thing....but you shouldn't let the fear of getting lost hold you back. In our new blog post, we share essentials tips and tools you need to become a skilled navigator. How to Avoid Getting Lost While Hiking

How to Avoid Getting Lost While Hiking

Hiking

It’s easy to avoid getting lost while hiking with the right set of tools and trail-smarts. Learn simple ways...
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Trail map reading for hikers. Learn key features & tips for how to read a topographic map to help you navigate and understand contour lines on the trail. How to Read A Topographic Map

How to Read A Topographic Map

Backpacking

Trail map reading for hikers. Learn key features & tips for how to read a topographic map to help...
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Learn how to fit your tent, sleeping bag, pad & camping gear in your backpacking pack with these tips for how to pack a backpack. How to Pack a Backpacking Pack for a Multi-day Hiking Trip

How to Pack a Backpacking Pack for a Multi-day Hiking Trip

Backpacking

Learn how to pack a backpacking pack for maximum comfort and organization with these pros tips for fitting all...
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Ultimate Guide to Hiking the W Trek in Torres Del Paine (Patagonia)

Ultimate Guide to Hiking the W Trek in Torres Del Paine (Patagonia)

Chile

Want to hike the W Trek in Torres Del Paine? We answer all of your questions about itineraries, gear,...
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20 Havasu Falls Photos to Inspire your Adventure

20 Havasu Falls Photos to Inspire your Adventure

Arizona

Get inspired to visit Havasupai in Arizona! Here are my favorite Havasu Falls photos along with tips and advice...
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Heading to a high elevation? Learn how to recognize altitude sickness symptoms & get our tips to avoid and prevent altitude sickness while hiking & traveling. How to Prevent Altitude Sickness While Hiking & Traveling

How to Prevent Altitude Sickness While Hiking & Traveling

Backpacking

Heading to a high elevation? Read our tips to prevent altitude sickness while hiking & traveling. From altitude sickness...
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