Backpacking is simply hiking for an extended period of time. Hiking refers to short walks in the outdoors while with backpacking you will need to carry a backpack with food and supplies. This is normally to allow you to camp overnight in the wild. It is physically strenuous and you have to plan for sometime before doing it.
Though nature is beautiful, it is not without it risks. This is especially true for city boys and girls who playing baseball is the most physically challenging thing that they do in a day. You will need to be in good shape and also be well versed with the various risks you can encounter while backpacking.
Always carry a map and a compass with you. If you are going to follow trails in the wild, you should be aware that anything can happen and you can get lost out there. If you get lost and do not have adequate amount of water with you, dehydration becomes more likely. A compass, a map, and adequate drinking water will save your life during emergencies.
We try and get away from city life but we get bad weather instead. Do not ignore any weather forecasts. Make sure you have a quality tent in order to save yourself from sleepless nights in storms. You will never regret backpacking with a good quality tent.
It may seem surprising to some, but the wilderness is where wild animals live. You should always be aware of the dangers that wild animals such as snakes can cause. Insects and bugs can also be very serious problems. Always carry bug sprays with you and learn to keep away from snakes.
It is not our idea to scare you from backpacking. It is just prudent to be aware of any risks that you may be exposed to. This can not only save your life but also make your backpacking trip more enjoyable. You will have more fun if you know that you are prepared for any eventuality in the wild.