Backpacking is all about being on your own and getting to enjoy the bounties of nature all around. Without having to book expensive hotel rooms or care for closed ones, backpacking is the complete opposite of a traditional vacation.
It doesn’t require any long time planning, no high budget required and most importantly is filled with adventure and fun. As easy as it may sound, getting ready for backpacking may come as a challenge for many, especially those who wish to step out for the first time. You have a small bag with limited space and a long list of things to take with you.
To make your travel easy and comfortable, it is crucial to pack intelligently.
If you plan on a long backpacking that could last up to a few weeks or months, here are the things that you should pack:
1. A Backpack
Choosing the right bag for your travel is the most important task. Go for a bag that is lightweight yet spacious so you can easily fit in a few essentials of yours. Also, the locks on it should be steady and be designed out of fabric which is spill proof. This will help keep your things free from getting spoiled and make trekking easier.
2. Travel Adapter
Even if you plan on visiting a town that is well established, finding the right adapter for your electronic items and gadgets can be one difficult task. So save yourself the pain and before your gadgets run out of power, remember to pack a universal travel adapter for quick charging!
3. Day Backpack
A great alternative of bigger backpack for shorter routes, the day backpack will come in handy when needed the most. This super lightweight bag can carry you valuables without weighing you down. So when you have to travel a short distance in the day time or jump on the bus for a quick drive, this bag with all the essential items is what you would want to carry along.
4. Toiletries and Clothing
A few extra packs of toiletries and a pair of t-shirt and trousers won’t hurt anyone. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, especially to a place with the least human contact, carrying extra toiletries and clothing will help you survive through. It is always better to switch jeans with trouser as not only are they comfortable to travel in but also light in weight, making your backpack super light for traveling.
5. Security Travel Belt and Padlocks
You wouldn’t want your valuables going missing while backpacking. Carry padlocks in your bags o when you reach a hostel or any point of stay, you can guard your stuff with the locks. Also, a traveling security belt will allow you to keep your money well hidden in the secret compartments. So in times of need, you can quietly take a dollar out and buy whatever is required.
6. Food, water, tent, survival tools
While backpacking, the idea is to carry things that will help you survive through the days rather than carrying things that are used as a luxury. Do not over stuff you bags and keep them light if you wish to enjoy your travels!
The various backpacking saw types
A pocket chainsaw, bow saw, and folding saws are the main backpacking saws you can find. To attain the required results, you will have to use them differently. Simply stated, how you will use a bow saw will be different from how you are going to use a folding saw in your cuttings.
- Folding saw
Just as a switchblade, a folding saw folds out of the handle. If your work involves cutting branches, you cannot go wrong with this saw. Wear gloves to get a secure grip that will ensure maximum effort usage. First, confirm how the saw you opt to operates. Some of them work on either pull or push.
Make sure your body weight is close to the cutting blade. With this, you will be able to control your cutting without struggling. Avoid forcing anything for your safety. For instance, when cutting branches, hold the folding saw firmly and as close as you possibly can. With this, you will be stable. Also, cut near the collar of the branches so that your tree will have a good healing chance. You may use other branches for control and slow down as you are about to finish cutting the branch.
- Bow saw
In most cases, bow saws operate on both pulling and pushing, therefore effective for various cuttings. To ensure safety, it is good to do your cutting from above to prevent debris from hitting you. When using bow saws, start with the slow operation and accelerate as you continue.
If you are dealing with big branches, it will be good to do an undercut. This means a small cut under the branch. With this, you will prevent the branch from splintering off when cutting from the top. Make sure you are in control and balanced when using bow saws. You can use both hands although most individuals prefer gripping the branch they are cutting with one hand as the other handles the saw. As with the previous one, slow down when getting towards finishing the cutting.
When using pocket chainsaws, keep in mind that the cutting will be different from that of a regular chainsaw. Similar to other chainsaws, it has blades but the handles are on the ends. Wrap the chain around the branch or tree you are cutting while pulling alternatively with both hands.
The forth and back motion eventually cuts through the large branch or tree. Unlike regular saws where you can exert your weight into the cutting when using a pocket chainsaw, lean back as you use your weight in pressuring the chain. For this reason, ensure you have to ensure balance and a steady base.
This makes pocket saw unsuitable for cutting smaller trees or branches since they might bend due to the force you apply. The best way you can use this type of saw is when cutting a large branch that is on the floor. By this, you can press the branch down using your feet as you cut using the chainsaw.