By reading the other pages on this site, you have been able to review the features and benefits of various equipment and supplies that you will need to take on your hike. Now, lets put it all together inside the backpack of your choice.
Here are the equipment and supplies that you will have in front of you:
BackpackTent or ShelterSleeping BagSleeping PadStove & FuelWater Pump (or other purifier)Water Bottle(s)Map & CompassFlashlight or Headlamp
Each Pack is Different
Each piece of equipment packs differently. Therefore, we will have to discuss this subject matter in generalities. Sitting in the middle of your living room floor with all of your supplies in front of you is the best way to figure out how to pack a backpack. The size and style of your personal backpacking ensemble will determine the details.
What NOT to Put in Your Pack
Take out your hiking boots/shoes, water bottle(s), sunglasses, knife and an initial set of clothing and put in a separate pile. These items will n…
Great choice – there couldn’t be anything better to get really close to nature and explore the great outdoors. Being in and exploring the great outdoors is exhilarating. With any vacation you need to plan; camping vacations are no different but to say they should be more detailed. You wouldn’t want to arrive to find you’ve forgotten …. Oh no! The tent! Planning your trip should start with where you are going and what you are planning to do. When you and your family have decided this, a checklist can be prepared. It is wise to prepare the checklist well in advance as this will enable you to include most everything you feel you need. There are also many pre-designed camping checklists available. Some campers often plan a menu and take the required food for their entire camping vacation. Quite a few camping sites are now equipped with power so taking along a small refrigerator is a bonus if there is packing space available in your vehicle or trailer. Try to vacuum pack foods for better pres…
Whether you run 5 K’s, 10 K’s or marathons, sports nutrition plays an important part in your running plan. Listed below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about nutrition and running.
Q: In order to stay properly hydrated, how much fluid or water do I need to drink?
A: Dehydration effects your health, your mental capabilities and your running performance so it’s really important to get enough fluids before, during, and after your run. At a minimum, you should be drinking 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water in a day.
But when exercising, especially in the heat, longer runs, or heavier exertion runs, the recommended amount is 16 ounces of fluid 2 hours before running and then more before you start. If you are on a longer run, bring fluid with you (I recommend the Fuel Belt Helium).
After a long run, be sure to replenish body fluid lost by drinking two cups of water for every pound lost through sweat. Thirst is just a sign of dehydration, so don’t wait until you are …