The Littlbug Blog
When it comes down to it, packing everything you need on your back is the simple definition of backpacking, but you hopefully knew that. In reality, as a backpacker, you have a bit of a split personality.
You're a hiker.
You're a camper.
You’re someone that packs their hiking gear and rugged camping equipment all on their back because you love spending time on the trail, and that’s the best way for you to do it.
For long distances.
In all kinds of weather!
Sometimes backpacking is not all sweetness and light. You might have sore feet, an empty stomach, a tired back, or all three! But that's okay. You power through it because you know the reward that is waiting.
What does being (or becoming) a backpacker really mean? It foretells that you need two strong skill sets if you want to become a competent backpacker:
- Multi-day hiking techniques to stay strong, warm, dry, hydrated, and not lost
- Camping skills along the trail, including how to provide shelter, food, water, safety, and comfort for yourself.
But there’s some good news…
Backpacking is fun!
You're a hiker, AND a camper, AND you're ready for anything.
Backpacking teaches you a lot of things, whether or not you expect it to. And we are here to teach even more!
A carefully packed backpacking pack, filled with everything you need for backpacking, and not an ounce of anything you don't, opens up vast horizons for you. And let us tell you, some of those horizons are simply breathtaking!
It's one of the most powerful things you can do. And our goal is for you to have the absolute best experience.
We are going to spend the next several months delving into all things backpacking. Whether it's great gear, fun adventures, what to pack or maybe even more important, what to leave out of your backpack! We want to share with you some of our best and worst adventures because, let's face, we all learn from mistakes too.
Which of your backpacking experiences has empowered you most in your life? Or if you are new to backpacking, what are experiences are you seeking?
We’re quickly approaching 2023, and the new year is an opportunity for a fresh start for many people or a time to set new goals in your life. Whether you’re new to spending time in the backcountry or are wanting to challenge yourself with more difficult treks this year, we’ve got some tips for setting [...]
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Some backpacking stoves require maintenance or repair kits. When you’re out on the trail, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your stove will need to be repaired. We want your time on the trail to be a success, so here’s some options for you to consider.The best advice we can [...]
Backpacking trips are a wonderful way to make memories with your family. Depending on the age of your kids, it’s important to prepare in the right way. We’ve put together a few tips for your first trip into the wilderness with your family. You know your kids best, so apply these tips as necessary, but [...]
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Backpacking is, without a doubt, a wonderful way to keep healthy and fit while also enjoying quality adventure and fun. It provides that connection to nature that us outdoor enthusiasts crave. The peace and calming effects nature provides can be so rejuvenating and inspiring. However, one needs to be prepared for each adventure as you enter into [...]
Are you feeling the tug of Mother Nature to get outside? Are you looking to have the best experience enjoying the outdoors this year? There are many different ways to enjoy nature during every season: winter, spring, summer or fall. We also recognize there are specific items that every backpacker needs to enjoy the outdoors [...]