When you are backpacking for the summer, it is important to keep a few things in your mind. You might spend a lot of time on outdoor activities but it is essential to take a few safety measures first so that you breeze through the trip.

This summer, traverse through your journey the smart way. Before you head out to your adventure, make sure you pack these essentials. Sort through your bins, or those of the stores to find the essential gears mentioned below.

A light backpack

essentials for summer backpacking

Whether heading out on a day hike or for a longer journey, pack light. An overloaded backpack will suck the fun out of the journey, as you make your way across uneven land under the scorching heat. Bring only the essential gear and load them in a pack that you feel comfortable wearing.

Calorie dense food

essentials for summer backpacking

Hiking burns a lot of calories- around 500 every hour. So if you are planning to be back by lunch and then have your food, you might get into trouble. If you start early it is for sure that you will deplete your energy reserves quickly.

When you feel dizzy and nauseous, snacks with sodium can help. So bring good salty food along on your trip.

Water bottle

essentials for summer backpacking

Even though it is really obvious, people often forget to bring water along. Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration. You can prevent it by drinking water slowly over several hours. Not drinking enough water is also a major contributor to altitude sickness.

If you show signs of fatigue, headache, or nausea, drinks with electrolytes will help you recover.

Bug Spray

essentials for summer backpacking

Bug spray will keep you from experiencing those painful and uncomfortable bites. Bugs might also transmit illness, so make sure you pack one.

Ingredients like DEET and Picaridin makes the insect repellent last longer. You should also avoid bushy areas, and as the day comes to a close, wear long-sleeved shirts for maximum protection.

Navigation Tools

essentials for summer backpacking

Apart from food and water, the next vital thing to pack is a map. You should also consider packing a compass and an altimeter to be able to read your map.

Alternatively, you can also bring a GPS with you but make sure that you pack extra batteries.

Inform someone before you leave about where you are going and when you are expected to return. In case something happens, people will know where to look for you.

Rain Protector

essentials for summer backpacking

Never trust the weather. It might be clear when you head out and pour heavily the very next hour. Weather can change dramatically, so, pack a good raincoat along. A raincoat is the difference between being rushed to the hospital and completing the trip without any hiccups.

A lightweight tent or a poncho is also intelligent carry-along if you find yourself trapped in a storm.

Extra Clothing

essentials for summer backpacking

You should always pack extra versatile clothes. Having extra layers is great because you can layer up and down according to the demands of the weather.

Always carry those extra clothes in a waterproof bag if an unexpected shower tries to ruin the trip.

Sun Protection

essentials for summer backpacking

The sun will punish you if you leave your house without putting any sun protection on. Even when it is cloudy, the sun can harm your skin. So always make sure to apply more than the average amount and your skin will thank you in return.

Also, pack a pair of sunglasses and synthetic sun-protecting clothes in addition to the copious amount of sunscreen that you’ve just applied.

First-Aid Kit

essentials for summer backpacking

Minor scrapes, lacerations, and bruises are common to any trip and they require immediate medical attention. So packing a first-aid kit is always a good idea. You may not receive any injuries during the trip, but if you do, you’ll be thankful that you packed a first-aid kit along.

Fire Starter

essentials for summer backpacking

If your day trip turns into an overnight trip, you may want an option that will help you build fire. While you can always try the way primitive men made fire- from stones and sticks, you can make your life easier by packing a lighter, a matchbox, or any other gadget that will help you build fire.

Authors Bio

Yogi and Suchna believe in taking the road less traveled and stumbling upon some hidden gems along the way! For over a decade, they’ve mapped their way across various continents, sniffed out unusual routes, discovered new flavors and stayed at quirky hostels. TheBackpackerCo is their expression of soul travel. You can catch up with them at TheBackpackerCo – Backpacking Through Western Europe.