Basic Gears for Backpacker

Basics: Gear

For Beginner bacpacker, you must have to know commonly basic gears. Here are the basics gear:
Hiking Boots
You don't have to spend a ton of money to get started backpacking, but you should think about investing in a good pair of hiking boots. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than the blisters created by ill-fitting boots.
You want a quality midweight boot with good support. Try them on at the end of the day (feet swell during the day), and wear your hiking socks.
Fit is very important; your heel should fit snugly without slipping, and there should be plenty of wiggle room for your toes. Walk around the store for awhile with the boots on to see how they feel; if you experience any discomfort, keep looking.
Unless you'll be hiking in a hot, dry climate, I recommend waterproof hiking boots. Hiking in wet socks is no fun.
Here's another item where the right fit is crucial.
Using a cloth tape measure, measure your torso length from the c7 vertebrate (the one at the base of your neck that sticks out when you tilt your head forward) to your waist at the iliac crest (the top of your pelvis).
Use this measurement to choose the right length backpack.
For an overnight or weekend trip, you'll want a pack with a 3000-4000 cubic inch volume.
Consider buying a rain cover if you expect wet weather; you can also use a thick plastic bag (like a trash compactor bag) as a liner.
Camping Tent
A quality backpacking tent is a must for an enjoyable trip. Choose one with a full coverage vestibule, and look for a reasonably lightweight model--4 to 5 lbs for a 2 man tent. A dome tent is the easiest to set up.
Tent dimensions vary considerably; set it up and get inside before you buy, especially if you are a tall person.
Sleeping Bag & Pad
Choose a sleeping bag that is rated 10 degrees colder than the coldest temperature you expect to encounter. A 20 degree bag is usually sufficient for most people's needs. Unroll it in the store and get inside. It should be snug, not cramped.
Down bags are more expensive but lighter and longer lasting. Synthetic bags are cheaper and better for wet weather (down loses its insulating power when it gets wet).
Look for a lightweight sleeping pad that is at least 1 1/2 inches thick.

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Backpacker Basics For Beginners

As a backpacker, you must have motivation and enthusiast, I am excited that you want to learn the backpacking basics!
It tells me that you, too, have felt the "call of the wild", the desire to escape civilization and experience the wilderness up close and personal.
You are in for some amazing experiences.
Of course, you might hate it and decide it's not for you. That's okay, too; at least you're willing to try something new. You can only grow from that.

Backpacker Motivation and Enthusiasm

Backpackers face many risks, including adverse weather, difficult terrain, treacherous river crossings, and hungry or unpredictable animals (although the perceived danger from wild animals usually greatly exceeds the true risk). They are subject to illnesses, which run the gamut from simple dehydration to heat exhaustion, hypothermia, altitude sickness, and physical injury. The remoteness of backpacking locations exacerbates any mishap. However, these hazards do not deter backpackers who are properly prepared. Some simply accept danger as a risk that they must endure if they want to backpack; for others, the potential dangers actually enhance the allure of the wilderness.   Wikipedia

Before we begins to making a plan, read Definition Backpacking that you must have to known.

Backpacker Basics: Making Plan

When you're just getting started to be a backpacker, it can seem like there is a lot to learn. There is; I've been backpacking for years and I'm still learning new things.
However, you don't have to master it all at once. Spend a little time learning the backpacker basics, and you'll be fine. The more you do it, the more you'll learn and develop your own style and preferences.

9 Factors – Choose Backpacking Gear

Gear is important equipment for backpaker. So, backpacker must have to choose the Best Gear For Backpacking. Every backpacker have her/his own option to choose gear. But there are several factor to consider.  Here are the most important factors to consider :

  1. Type Camping or Hiking : What type of camping you'll be doing. Car camping tents don't need to be as small or light as canoeing or backpacking camping tents.
  2. How often you plan to use it. The more it gets used, the more durable and weatherproof it needs to be.
  3. Destination place: How condition the destination place?  Choose gear and bring the gear which support for camping and hiking activity in destination place.
  4. Wheater : What kind of weather you expect to face. Will you be camping in a lot of rain, heavy winds, or even some snow?
  5. Community: How many people you'll be camping with. Tent capacities are usually optimistic. Buy one rated for 2 more people than you'll actually have if you want some elbow room.
  6. Safety first: The right good gear is support for backpacker safety. But usually, the right great is more expensive.
  7. Flexibility: Good gear is support for backpacker movement. More simple gear is more flexible.
  8. Durability : Buy the gear which have long durability. But sometimes for some important gear, you must have to get new one.
  9. Budget to spend: How much you can afford to spend. Generally the more you spend, the more durable, comfortable, and weatherproof your tent will be. I recommend buying the best camping tent you can afford.
edited from: Best Tents For Camping