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Backpacking tips?

kathleenpilon

I tried backpacking when I was younger and completely failed, I was back home in 2 days. This summer I want to travel and try backpacking again. As a women traveling alone, what tips would you give me? 
Jun 13, 2019 @ 05:27 pm

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MorganThorne

What type of backpacking?

My tips are different if you are talking about travelling vs hiking/camping. I do both and love them.

Overall, I've never had issues being a woman alone - and I'm disabled too. When doing the travel style I stayed in hostels, despite being a bit older than the normal crowd, and made friends. Just check reviews and make sure the hostel suits your taste. I'm not a partier, so I went for ones that said they were quieter. If you want a party, there are always lots of those to be found too! I've backpacked in Mexico and Central America, for reference.

For hiking/camping I would say make sure you can carry your gear for the distance you need to. A 50lbs pack doesn't feel that heavy when you first put it on, but it feels like 1000lbs at the end of the day. A good pack with hip belt is essential. I also favour hammocks for sleeping, since they're lighter than tents.

For both, let someone know where you are and where you're going. Check-in regularly, even if it's just to say hi or a social media update. Use your common sense and listen to your gut. If it feels sketchy, get out.
Jul 19, 2019 @ 06:44 pm
Broken_Bliss

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It's hard being in a new place and not knowing anyone. Add in communication barriers and that makes it even harder. I would recommend finding a friend to go with you. Nothing seems as bad when you have a friend to share the experience. It's also safer than travelling alone.

If you can't or don't want to find someone to go with you, make sure you always let someone know where you are and where you'll be heading next (you should do this anyway, but definitely if travelling alone). Look up where you can stay in the area you are heading to and make reservations if you are able. It sucks to get somewhere just to find out there is nowhere to stay. Hostels are great options or you could always pack a tent, but that may be more trouble than it's worth.

Have a dictionary of the local language if you don't already speak it. Most people are more accommodating when they see you are at least trying rather than relying on other people to understand English.

Have fun and be open to new experiences!
Jul 22, 2019 @ 08:37 am

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