Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, there are few summertime activities so fulfilling as backcountry camping. After all, what's better than exploring the wilderness with everything you need strapped to your back?
"Backcountry camping" (also known as backpacking) means you'll be hiking deep into the wilderness and spending at least one night with the native flora and fauna. Backpacking requires preparation, since "winging it" in the backcountry can spell disaster. Remember, there aren't any convenience stores or ER's out there!
By outfitting with the right gear, your adventure can be as safe, comfortable, injury-free, and fun as possible. Make sure you check off all of the following items before you head out. Enjoy your trip!