New to Backpacking? Try a Mock Overnighter
Best yet, a mock overnighter allows people to test out and practice backpacking in low commitment, non-scary terms. Since these MicroAdventures can be done super local, close to home, they don’t require a lot of planning or fanfare.
Most importantly: Set up your shelter—including sleeping bag and sleeping pad—just like you would in camp. Then pull out your stove (if local regulations allow it) and cook yourself up a meal.
If you have time, get in a nap in your tent. Otherwise, get in your tent and do some reading or do a crossword puzzle.
Walking a mile or two with your pack will be enough time to reveal some major discomforts in either your back or the way you packed it. That way, next time you do a Mock Overnighter, you can pack your backpack differently until you find a set up you like.
The best part of the Mock Overnighter is you’re also getting in physical training. Just hitting the trail or walking for an hour with your full-pack is a great way to transition into or transition back into longer days with a big pack.
Have you been on a mock-overnighter or practiced backyard camping? Let us know in the comments!