Hiking Question

Are there any long-distance thru-hikers here? I am planning a trip in a few months to hike overnight one night. I would like to start off small. I am a lite packer. Just the basics. My question…while training for this I need to get used to the weight I will be carrying. How much should I add to my pack during each training session? I have some muscle problems which is why I need to train and practice.
My husband and daughter will be coming with me. We will be packing a small tent, sleeping bag, extra pants, shirt, socks, underwear, water, sleep mat, pillow(sm?), some canned food, oatmeal, trail mix, jerky, some other light snacks, propane tank, and burner.
Also, I read to bring 1 liter of water for each hour of hiking? We will be gone a bit over 24 hours. I don’t know what the general rule is on that.
Any other advice would be great.

A better place to ask your questions would be a backpacker forum. There are also tons of online articles that would probably answer your questions. Google “backpacking basics” “getting started in backpacking” “lightweight backpacking” etc.

The backpacker forums aren’t very active sadly. I joined one. Nothing. The videos are long-winded. I hate YouTubers that over-explain everything. Highly annoying. Straight and to-the-point YouTubers…please! Some of the articles and a book I got is long-winded as well. I like bullet points and a short explanation.

Sometimes long-winded and reading books is good. If the teacher is good there can be a lot to learn. Nothing learned is ever wasted - it makes us who we are. Nobody is going to know exactly what you’re looking for, so that work is up to you.

I am an avid backpacker and happy to give some guidance.

How far are you going and what is the Terrain like?

If you are not experienced yet with carrying a pack, I would recommend to keep mileage low, even if you are in great shape and are used to hiking many miles. You can always set up camp and go out on a day hike.

When it comes to what to bring, keep in mind that you are only going out for one night. Chances are you will not need extra clothes, or a lot of extra “just in case” items. The more you pack, the more you have to carry. If you’re not hiking terribly far, and you’re not in a super remote area, and you have other people with you, you will be pretty safe.

Do a google search for Outside Magazine Backpacking 101, and a bunch of good links will pop up. Dig in and learn some good tips!

That said, it’s your first trip! Just get out there and DO IT! It won’t be perfect, but that’s not the point. Just have fun :slight_smile: