how to make backpacking not totally suck?
June 2, 2011 9:45 AM Subscribe
What are your packing and predeparture tips for making light-moderate backpacking trips more enjoyable and less painful and exhausting?
posted by dahliachewswell to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My SO loves hiking and backpacking; I like it alright but even when I'm in good form, schlepping up steep hills for hours is tiring and painful for me, both physically and psychologically. I'm just one of the those people for whom no astonishing view at the top really makes the pain of getting there worth it. It's not that I don't like roughing it or being in nature (I love camping and walking on relatively even terrain, physical exertion, getting dirty, etc.), it's just the particular physical strain of hiking in mountains that gets me. While I know I don't have to go on every trip SO dreams up, staying at home while he goes on adventures for days at a time is not a fun or sustainable solution for me.
I've got a reasonable amount of trips under my belt at this point, I've got good boots, a correctly fitting pack. What other things might I do that will make the whole experience more enjoyable?
I'm curious about any predeparture exercise or nutrition suggestions anyone might have. Should I carbo load or eat more protein the week beforehand? Do more workouts than usual, or take it easy in the days before a trip? But I'd also love to hear any and all packing tips, mental tricks, etc. that you find handy. Also, I'm a female, if that affects things and we're usually talking trips of 1-5 nights tops.