In this fast-paced, technology-driven world, it’s a breath of fresh air—quite literally—to slow down and unplug on a hiking or camping adventure. Sometimes, the most addicting aspects of backpacking are the little moments of magic you experience along the way—the incredible views, the sense of adventure, the physical challenges, and the mental exercise. They all swirl together to provide a particular sense of gratification once your journey comes full circle.
The key to a successful camping or backpacking experience is making sure you’re well prepared. You never want to overpack because that could slow you down, but at the same time, you need to make sure you have all of your go-to items.
In this episode of Into the Wild, Cliff Hodges, owner and founder of Adventure Out, an outdoor school and guide service in Northern California, gives us his best tips for preparing for time spent in nature. Because when you’re properly prepared, all you’ll have to worry about is soaking up as many of those magic moments as you can while wandering quietly through natural outdoor playgrounds.