Wilderness Backpacking Tips

Wilderness Backpacking Tips


Remote and rugged Wilderness Backpacking is an extremely rewarding activity. It’s challenging and pushes you to accomplish things that you may not have thought were possible. You can take the skills you learn in the wilderness — patience, endurance, resourcefulness — and apply them to all other areas of your life. However, you must be prepared for the worst. As The American Backpacker, I’m here to share my experiences and wilderness skills I’ve learned during my time as a wilderness backpacker.


When you’re considering your backpacking essentials, think about what type of environment you’re going to be in and how your body might respond to it. For example, if live at a low altitude and start climbing mountains, you may get altitude sickness. Other dangers may include:

  • Difficult Weather or Terrain
  • Water Crossings
  • Dangerous Animals
  • Diseases from Insects
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Contaminated Water

To make the most of your journey without getting injured or sick, turn to my articles, archives, and backpacking product reviews. I’ll make sure you’re prepared for whatever comes your way.


Backpacking involves going out into nature, from at least one night up to several months, and carrying everything you’ll need on your back. This can include the following:

  • Food and Water
  • Bedding (Sleeping Bags, Air Mats/Pads)
  • Shelter   (Tents, Tarps, Bivy’s, Hammocks)
  • Clothes
  • Cooking Gear
  • Emergency Medical Supplies

A skilled backpacker packs with the environment in mind. Proper planning before your trip is essential not only for your comfort but safety.  Rushing into a wilderness area without doing you research can be a dangerous endeavor.

2 thoughts on "Wilderness Backpacking Tips"

Cynthia A Walls says:

Andy I watched two of your videos 1st” Lost in the wilderness ” and 2nd one was the one you filmed in New Mexico. I am very impressed with all of the information that you were kind enough to share. I am very humbled to know such a kind, informative person such as yourself. Will definitely show your web page to my niece. Again, great information!!!

Cynthia, Thank you for watching and commenting. I enjoy passing on my experience and knowledge so that anyone who plans a Wilderness Adventure may have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Thank You,


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