Just as the spring snowmelt provides a steady flow of water coming from the high mountains, there is also a steady flow of new water bottles flooding the market season after season. We waded through hundreds of options online and narrowed it down to the top 20 bottles.
For triathlon-specific swimwear advice, see the REI Expert Advice article, Triathlon Gear: How to Choose. Shopping links: Men's swimwear; Women's swimwear; Men's Swimsuits. Baggy swim trunks are fine for water exercise or the beach, but they inhibit effective lap swimming.
Living with bugs is a part of the trail, and you can get to a sort of zen state where they don't bother you; you can also develop ninja-like mosquito killing skills. I read a article by a forester who built the Poplar Ridge shelter back in the 60's, and still maintains that section of the AT near Rangely, who doesn't, and never has used bug dope.
If you are wondering how to pack for backpacking, the most important piece of information I can give you is this – pack light. Whether you are camping or hiking, going to Europe or Asia, traveling as a baller or on a budget, it doesn’t matter. You need to travel as light as possible.
Using deodorant/antiperspirant without complete washing is a waste of time as it only prevents odor, it doesn’t make it go away. Since thorough washing of underarms and groin is impractical while backpacking, use of deodorant would also be impractical. I find the idea of an Editor at Backpacker Magazine asking about controlling body odor laughable.
Extended trips of 5 days or more usually call for packs of 70 liters or larger. These are also usually the preferred choice for: Winter treks lasting more than 1 night. Larger packs can more comfortably accommodate extra clothing, a warmer sleeping bag and a 4-season tent (which typically includes extra poles). Adults taking young children backpacking. Mom and Dad wind up carrying a lot of kids' gear to make the experience enjoyable for their young ones.
Learn how to stay dry & choose the right trail, clothing & gear with these 5 simple tips for hiking in the rain. Don't let wet weather keep you indoors. Learn how to stay dry & choose the right trail, clothing & gear with these 5 simple tips for hiking in the rain.
The 2 options that I suggest when camping/backpacking, are: #1 use a small amount of toothpaste (just enough to give you that clean feel), or, even better, #2 use a drop of natural peppermint oil on your toothbrush and brush as usual. Minty fresh, without the chemicals that sometime are found in toothpaste.
Cover up: It may seem counter intuitive to put extra clothes on in hot weather, but the added coverage can provide necessary protection from UV rays, especially for people with sensitive skin. A lightweight long-sleeve shirt, sun sleeves and a neck gaiter can provide effective protection.
A backpacking quilt (usually down-insulated) or hoodless sleeping bag can be a lighter-weight option to consider. While not necessarily lighter, some “bed style” backpacking sleeping bags feature an oval opening over the torso area with an attached, adjustable comforter.
Backpacking is an adventure that blends hiking with backcountry camping. It lets you broaden your horizons beyond the car campground to enjoy a richer, more immersive outdoor experience. A key distinction from day hiking is the size of your pack—your backpack (and you) must carry all of life’s essentials on your back.