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Backpacking may refer to:

  • Backpacking (wilderness), hiking and overnight camping in the wilderness with supplies carried in a backpack for the entire duration of the trip, as opposed to dayhiking or car camping
  • Backpacking (travel), low-cost, generally urban, travel with minimal luggage and frugal accommodations; it is similar to wilderness backpacking in that personal belongings are also carried in a backpack for the duration of the trip
  • Ultralight backpacking, backpacking while carrying very few or very lightweight supplies

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

There are two generally distinct kinds of backpacking:

  • Urban backpacking - travelling from city to city, sleeping in hostels or other lodging
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Simple English

Backpacking is the word for hiking in the outdoors with a backpack full of all your food, clothing, water, and shelter. Usually, backpackers hike in groups to stay safer and must think to bring First Aid supplies, sleeping bags, tents, rain gear, stoves, and food. Backpacking may be done on short or long trips. Sometimes, backpacking groups begin at a trail head with a parking lot and hike over a weekend until they work their way back to the vehicle. On longer trips, groups may settle in at a base camp and hike for weeks or even months if they are more experienced and prepared. When following certain rules, backpackers have the chance to leave the outdoors better than they found them. There are certain practices such as Leave No Trace that teach backpackers and hikers to pack out all trash and help conserve nature in every way possible such as not building fires in dry areas, saving water, and protecting the environment. When backpackers use these skills, they help preserve the beauty of nature while getting to explore themselves while outside the influence of the rest of the world.


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