/r/backpacking

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A subreddit for traveling backpacking and wilderness backpacking, not restricted to one or the other. All posts must be flaired "Travel" or "Wilderness"

A reddit for Backpackers who are traveling around the world. Here you will find anything and everything on the topic, from transport, accommodation, food, health, and gear.

Link flair is now required. Add these to any new posts. There are two categories:

  • Travel: Travel Backpacking in urban or semi-urban areas
  • Wilderness: Off-grid Hiking or Camping

Rules and posting guidelines:

  1. All posts must be flaired "Wilderness" or "Travel"

  2. Submissions must include a short paragraph describing your trip. Submitted content should be of high-quality. Low effort posting of very general information is not useful. Posts must include a trip report of at least 150 characters or a short paragraph with trip details.

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  4. All photos and videos must be Original Content

  5. Be courteous and civil. Polite, constructive criticism of ideas is acceptable. Unconstructive criticism of individuals and usage of strong profanity is unacceptable.

  6. Follow Rediquette.

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First backpacking trip pointers

I can read wikis and watch videos all day but I like personal tips! A friend and I are planning our first trip sometime in September. Don't mind sharing that we are going to Yellow River State Park in Iowa. Chose that area as it's one of the only backpacking trails here and I'm use to 6-7 miles hikes in the appalachias. My buddy was in the army so he's use to rucking around but it's my first time packing for 2 days of hiking/camping. I have tons of good daypacks I've snagged while out in WNC and a good 2 person hiking tent.

September is right after rabbit season starts and the state park allows hunting anywhere in the forest as long as it's not on the trail or campgrounds. There's 8900 acres so I plan on bringing my smaller .22 to see if I can bag us a dinner one night and bringing a small telescopic fishing pole to see if we can catch any pan fish.

I'm a big baker/cook so I plan on making a few meals to make at camp and trying my hand at making some fry bread while at camp.

Please drop any tips or hacks that youve learned! One thing I'm looking for is anyone with hide tanning knowledge while out camping. Seeing tons of ways to do it but curious what's worked for people.

2 Comments
2024/07/12
15:40 UTC

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HELP with transport

I am a solo backpacker who needs help with getting to Lake misurina in Italy from Innsbruck Austria. June 17 at 7:20 am. So if you know anyone who lives in the area or is driving that Way than i would love to drive with Them. And i am Willing to pay ofcourse

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2024/07/12
15:32 UTC

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✈️SOUTH AMERICA OR SOUTH EASTERN ASIA? ✈️

Me and a friend of mine are arranging a backpacking/ volunteering (trough Worldpackers or work away) trip (hopefully starting by the end of September and staying there bout 1-2 months) but we’re undecided if whether going in South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia) or South Eastern Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines) What would you suggest in terms of having fun, means of transport, accomodations (hostels) safety, costs, people, adventurousness experiences and all the differente opportunities that those countries might offer? You can even just comment below leaving a thought in general about the previously mentioned countries Thanks in advance 🫶🏻

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2024/07/12
15:24 UTC

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**Trekking In Nepal ( Upper Mustang) Guide recommendations***

I am planing a trip to Nepal in April with my sister in law and my niece. We want to do a trek in upper mustang. I am nervous about booking a guide blind without any recommendations because I have heard of people being rushed and hurt due to bad guides and so on. I would appreciate any recommendations of guides who charge a fair price and provide a good experience. 

Thank you :) 

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2024/07/12
15:22 UTC

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Backbacking Thailand

Hello together,

I will go backpacking for 4-5 weeks in Thailand. I don't know what backpack I should buy.

A friend of Mine has the "HOMIEE 45L" but I think it looks quiet small. Although I like the price and weight.

I really like the first look of the "Forclaz Travel 900 -50+6". The small backpack and the suitcase opening seem very usefull. But I don't know if 2,4 kg is too much.

Maybe someone has some experience with one of these backpacks or someone can recommend me an even better backpack.

I am thankfull for any help. Thank you

3 Comments
2024/07/12
14:24 UTC

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Lost Coast Trail (CA) for a first backpacking trip?

Hi all.

Background: My gf and I want to do a backpacking trip in early September in CA. I’m from CA and I’ve done a number of backpacking trips (maybe 5/6 generally pretty strenuous elevation wise but not huge mileage wise) and have camped many other times but I’m by no means an expert. My gf has never backpacked before and she’s only camped a few times. We live in a city on the east coast and we try to stay fit and do day hikes here and there but we don’t manage to get out into actual hills all that much.

Plan: I’m desperate to show her the wonders of the Redwoods while we’re in CA but it looks like a lot of the Redwoods NP backpacking camps are closed. I’m wondering if the Lost Coast might be the one. I’ve always wanted to do it. It intrigues me due to the redwoods (there are redwoods here right?), crazy rugged landscape, low elevation gain and the ready access to fresh and saltwater. It deters me because I’d imagine hiking on sand and small rocks and having to choose a path and dodge tides for your first time backpacking would not be ideal.

What do y’all think? I’m also open to any other suggestions for good, starter backpacking trips (ideally in the giant redwoods) for us in northern CA.

11 Comments
2024/07/12
13:11 UTC

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Cusco Machu Picchu advice

Has anyone done the 1 day Cusco Machu Picchu hike? It’s a 6 hour hike up Machu Picchu.

Is it challenging? I’m fit and in shape but never really attempted something like this.

7 Comments
2024/07/12
12:52 UTC

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In which european country can I get a tattoo for less?

Hi. I'm a traveller and I also need a cover up tattoo for my leg. So, I'm asking, where do tattoos cost less in Europe? Of course I'll be considering hygiene and quality also before getting it, but I'm just wondering about the average price

19 Comments
2024/07/12
11:47 UTC

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Onward Ticket / Südamerika

Wir möchten nächstes Jahr eine Weltreise starten und davon für 2-3 Monate in Südamerika reisen, stehen aber vor der Hürde des An- & Aus/Weiterreise Ticket. Wir möchten flexibel reisen und haben eine ungefähre Route festgelegt welche aber nicht durch gebuchte Weiterflüge beeinflusst werden soll. Es gibt die sogenannten Onward Tickets (Gültige Flugreservierung welche nicht angetreten wird). Benötige ich für jeden Grenzübertritt innerhalb Südamerikas ein neues Onward Ticket oder muss das Ticket nur einmal bei Einreise in Südamerika vorgezeigt werden? Denn sollte man sich immer ein neues ausstellen lassen müssen, kann dies zu einem ja auch zu einem Kostenfaktor werden.

Meine Idee wäre z.B: Einreise nach Südamerika über Brasilien im Februar. Bei Einreise zeigen wir ein Ausreiseticket (Onward) welches von Costa Rica mit einem Datum ab März oder April ist (90Tage Visafrei ist hier berücksichtigt!). Gleichzeitig können wir bei jedem neuen Grenzübertritt innerhalb Südamerikas dieses Onward Ticket vorzeigen.

Oder ist es bis dahin nicht mehr gültig und erlischt?

Aktuelle geplante Route von uns: Brasilien, Chile, Bolivien, Peru, Galapagosinseln, Kolumbien, Costa Rica

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2024/07/12
11:05 UTC

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Should i solo travel to argentina?

I am 19 yo male and have a few months off so i had the thought of traveling to argentina for the duration of about a month, I am really invested in exploring this amazing country but not sure if i will enjoy the trip as much as i would with my friends/family. Would love to hear your experience and how safe it was, also how much should a trip like this cost(considering i’m on low budget)?

4 Comments
2024/07/12
10:28 UTC

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Impulsive Trip to Phillipines with 5 days Notice, Help.

As the title says, I booked flights to Manila for the 17th. I've never been the the Philippines, I'm in Thailand right now, I'm a Canadian. I saw flights were cheap, I love nature and the Philippines seemed nice so eh why not right?

WELL NOW I GOTTA FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT!

I'm giving myself a budget of 60 CAD a day over all, not including my flights in and out of the country. Inner country travel let's say 250CAD. I'm there from the 17th to 30th of July. I've never solo travelled before. This will be interesting.

A bit about me: energy is nearly an infinite resources for me, back in Canada I've driven up to 800km in a day just for a day trip, in Thailand I drove 20 hours on a motorbike over 4 days doing the Mae Hong Song loop (I don't actually have a license idk if that's chill in Philippines). I love hiking, will gladly wake up at 1 am to start hiking. I LOVE FISHING. I've fished my whole life so experiencing some of that in the Philippines would be sick. Camping, cliff jumping, snorkeling, you get the picture. Tldr: mother nature by fav milf

Any help guidance advice locations, greatly appreciated. If anyone in the country shows me around I can show around Thailand this summer or Canada anytime after :) thanks

6 Comments
2024/07/12
10:16 UTC

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what are some tips for the heat?

i’m doing a lot of bush camping trips this summer. however i’m not looking forward to the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous heat.

5 Comments
2024/07/12
10:00 UTC

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A Wild Backpacking Tale: The Crazy Landlady and Her 4 Golden Retrievers

Hey everyone, buckle up because I’ve got a story for you that’s straight out of a bizarre travel movie. This happened around 2009-2010 during my work-and-travel year in Australia, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

After landing in Sydney and soaking up the city vibes for a week, I craved the beach life of the Gold Coast. I quickly bonded with some English backpackers at a hostel. We decided to move in together to save money and embrace the party lifestyle. It was fantastic while it lasted, but as our funds dwindled, we had to part ways.

I found myself on a train to Bundaberg, trying to ignore my anxiety by watching *Jumanji* on the onboard screen—a movie that had traumatized me earlier in life. My anxiety wasn't helped by the hostel I checked into, which was the worst I’d ever seen. The mattress springs poked through the sheets, and the bathroom was horrifying. Determined to find a job, I spent my days hunting for work, moving from park to park to use free Wi-Fi. My English sucked back then, limiting me to cleaning jobs, kitchen work, or woofing jobs (working on a farm).

One day, I stumbled upon a Gumtree ad: "Help needed in the house, 4 Golden Retrievers need your attention, some light house and garden work, for free accommodation and food." As a dog lover, I was intrigued. Even the $200 deposit seemed worth it for a safe place to stay.

My friend Rick, also struggling to find work, decided to join me. I asked the woman from the ad if she needed more help, and she agreed. Rick made his way from Melbourne, and we reunited, excited about the opportunity.

We arrived at the house—a typical suburban one-story home with a neat yard. Four Golden Retrievers greeted us enthusiastically. The landlady, a middle-aged woman with a thick Australian accent, welcomed us warmly. She seemed bubbly, albeit a bit odd.

We handed over our $200 deposit, and I was just happy to settle into a normal bed. I probably ignored all the warning signs because I was hungry and exhausted.

However, things quickly took a strange turn. The landlady warned us constantly about the dangers outside, especially indigenous people, urging us not to open the door to anyone or speak to neighbors. Odd, but I figured she was just overly cautious. Rick and I signed an agreement, handed over our money, and settled in.

The routine was simple. The landlady left the house daily, instructing us not to talk to anyone or enter her bedroom, where the dogs stayed all day. We cleaned, did some gardening, and spent our evenings at the beach, discussing our peculiar host. Her behavior grew increasingly controlling and paranoid. She would nitpick how we did things and lose her temper over minor issues. Rick and I noticed she mentioned the word "blossom" in almost every third word she spoke. We started calling her "Blossom" as a joke among ourselves to cope with the absurdity.

The neighborhood was eerily quiet, with well-kept lawns and friendly faces we were forbidden to interact with. Blossom kept the dogs locked in her bedroom all day, which felt wrong, but we were too focused on our chores and staying out of trouble to question it.

After about a month, we knew we had to leave. When we asked about our deposit, Blossom claimed it was gone, deducted for so-called damages. Rick managed to get his money back after a struggle, while I received only $100. Rick left first, and a week later, I made my exit, feeling both relieved and unsettled.

Six months later, back in Southport and working as a receptionist at a hostel (my English had improved by then), I was enjoying a beer with some backpackers when I overheard a couple talking about a woman with four Golden Retrievers in Hervey Bay. My ears perked up. I turned to them and asked if she was paranoid and warned them about all sorts of people. They nodded, and my curiosity took over. I bombarded them with questions, piecing together their experience with Blossom.

It turns out Blossom was wanted for identity theft and multiple frauds. Her paranoia stemmed from fear of being caught by the police. The puzzle pieces fell into place. Blossom’s warnings, her erratic behavior, and the obsessive control all made sense now. We continued talking about her, laughing about the craziness of it all, as the couple had stayed with her as well. But secretly, I was just happy I only lost $100 and didn’t end up starring in *Wolf Creek 2"! Anyone else had an encounter with "Blossom"?

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2024/07/12
07:49 UTC

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Dolomites hut-to-hut pants

I will be doing the southern portion of the AV1 the first half of August. I’m seeing online that some people recommend rain pants. I am from SW US and have never owned rain pants. Does anyone have opinions on if they are needed for a Dolomites trip that time of year? I will be staying in refugios.

I was going to bring a pair of light windproof pants, hiking shorts, and a wool base layer pant. I will bring my rain jacket of course.

Thanks all!

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2024/07/12
07:02 UTC

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Sierra Designs Jupiter CD 3

The above tent is available on market place in my city. I’m aware that it’s been discontinued for a while and I’ve asked the seller when they got it (waiting to hear). Does anyone have experience with this tent? And will something this old still be water proof?

I’m currently using a pretty cheap tent off Amazon but it’s a bit too short for me and I’m not in a position to invest in a good new tent yet.

2 Comments
2024/07/12
05:49 UTC

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Vietnam Visa Advice

Hi, I am a British citizen and passport holder, I arrived in Vietnam on 01/07/24 and got a visa on arrival (the passport control officer just stamped my passport) until 14/08/24. I would like to travel to Cambodia for 10 days and return to Vietnam on 09/08/24, meaning I would still have 5 days until my original visa for Vietnam would expire. Is it possible to do this? - can I leave Vietnam to Cambodia for two weeks then return on the same visa I was given on 01/07? I would really appreciate any advice, thank you.

10 Comments
2024/07/12
04:52 UTC

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Which backpack size should I get?

Hello! I’m booking a one way ticket from Canada into Ireland with the plan to travel all throughout Ireland, Scotland, England then over to Europe. I realize this will take me quite some time so I’m stuck on what backpack size I should use. It’d be nice to have a bag that I don’t have to check at the airport but at the same time, being away for so long I think it’d be reasonable to have a larger size for all my things. Any advice helps!

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2024/07/12
04:20 UTC

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Recommendations for Youtubers that do not film themselves in the third person when hiking.

For me, it takes away knowing they have to do a double back for their shots in third person. I guess I like watching for the forward progress.

If they are at camp or taking a break them setting up the camera to film themselves or talk to the camera is fine.

16 Comments
2024/07/12
04:09 UTC

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First Backpacking Trip

I’m going on my first backpacking trip this weekend for 1 night. Besides food, what am I missing? Anything that I should not bring?

45 Comments
2024/07/12
01:42 UTC

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November-February

Asia, South America, or Central America.

Which area for the best weather during this time? Looking to do lots of hiking and exploring.

1 Comment
2024/07/12
01:39 UTC

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November-February

Asia, South America, or Central America.

Which area for the best weather during this time? Looking to do lots of hiking and exploring.

1 Comment
2024/07/12
01:37 UTC

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November-February

Asia, South America, or Central America.

Which area for the best weather during this time? Looking to do lots of hiking and exploring.

0 Comments
2024/07/12
01:36 UTC

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Struggling finding a WHV job

Hi everyone, I'm a 20 years old backpacker. It's been more than a week since I arrived in Cairns.

I applied to a lot of job postings online and I also printed my resume and went physically in all places looking for hospitality jobs, but nothing.

My first goal was to work in a farm so I called all the surrounding farms but they were full. Which seems a bit strange to me, as I was reading very recent farm ads (less than 2 days) from over 200 people wanted but once I called on the phone they tell me chr are full. I also tried moving to Mareeba but nothing. Unfortunately, I can't rent a car because you have to be 21, otherwise I would have tried going to the farms in person and asking.

I have both experience in hospitality (unskilled jobs as a waiter) but especially in farms I have a lot of experience, and this is all included in my reusme.

I would also be willing to move to more remote areas or other cities where there are more opportunities, especially for farns. What do you guys recommend?

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2024/07/12
01:11 UTC

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Are there any channels devoted to backpacking that aren't just trying to sell me something?

Looking for something like a YouTube channel, podcast, or blog that covers backpacking but isn't so centered around selling me new gear.

36 Comments
2024/07/12
00:56 UTC

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First Time Backpacking Tips

So me and my girlfriend have decided we want to go and do some travelling next year when our flat contract runs out and I'd love gets some tips from people with some prior experience.

I've done some (minor) travelling in Asia before but never on this scale. We're looking at six - nine months around SE Asia, starting in June. We know this is the wet season, but we're not too put off by it as we want to see more of the world and the timing just works - also we're Irish so not strangers to rain 😅

Ideally we want to travel fairly light and we're budgeting approx. €1000 each per month. Nothing set in stone as to where we're going but we're thinking of the usual spots, starting in Thailand then going to Vietnam, Loas, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines (no particular order).

Any recommendations/things you wish you knew before you started off would be amazing!

Thanks 😁

3 Comments
2024/07/11
21:09 UTC

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Staying cool while backpacking

Somehow I keep managing to plan my backpacking trips when the entire western US in the middle of a massive heatwave. Took my gf on the Rockbound trail in Desolation Wilderness last year during the "hottest day ever recorded on earth" (you can fact check me on that but I do remember reading about that after we got home) last July and she got heat exhaustion about 4 miles in. I was genuinely scared by her condition for a few hours but thankfully, after some rest in the shade and a lot of water and electrolytes, she recovered and was able to hike out the next day no problem. Now, we are about to head out to Lake Genevieve tomorrow during this crazy heatwave. It's been over 100 in the valley and in the 90s in the mountains every day this past week. It's only a 5 mile hike to the lake but a lot can happen in 5 miles, as you all know already. Does anyone know how to mitigate heat related illnesses and injuries while on trail? I'm worried that my gf will have the same reaction to the heat during our hike and I want to make sure she's safe and enjoys herself on the only trip we can take together this year. Edit: Thank you all for the advice! We are still going, despite the heat. I have taken some tips and implemented them and I think it will help a lot. If I remember, I will update again when we get back

13 Comments
2024/07/11
20:29 UTC

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Need advice backpacking from anywhere in Europe yo to Helsinki Finland!

Hi I’m going to be staying with family in Helsinki Finland for 2 weeks in august. I haven’t booked my trip yet (I have miles to use) and want to go on a backpacking trip through Europe for 1-2 weeks before. I can fly into anywhere? Any suggestions and then travel my way up to Finland? I’m a college student so looking for any advice and budgeting tips!

2 Comments
2024/07/11
19:15 UTC

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