Usually, when people think you’re going backpacking, you’re just going back to nature. In fact, a lot of people might think that you’re going native.
I know people who go backpacking with bare minimum equipment. In other words, they don’t even bring a tent. A lot of them just bring the shirt off their back.
At first, when I first met these people, I thought they were crazy. I thought that this was a really lousy and irresponsible way to go backpacking. Can you imagine bringing nothing on your trip? Talk about being unprepared-or so I thought! I was under the impression that these were the same type of people who would bring a knife to a gunfight.
Well, I finally gave in one day and went with them on a trip. And believe me, it blew my mind.
I’m not saying that it’s right for everybody, I’m not saying that everybody should try it, nor am I evangelizing for this type of backpacking, but it really took my backpacking experience to a much higher level.
Now, I’m not a newbie. While I’m not saying that I’m some sort of globe-trotting professional backpacker, I’ve logged a few miles, if you know what I mean. I’ve gone through Southeast Asia, North and South America, Eastern Europe – I know the drill.
So when we went backpacking, it really blew my mind because we didn’t bring anything. We didn’t even bring a tent. And that was what’s so awesome about our trip because we basically relied on our wits.
We would find spare wood and then create a campfire. We would find berries and we would cook the berries. We would find water, then one of the backpacking team leaders would know how to purify the water, and on and on it went.
It’s as if you go on this trip with no preconceptions and no precautions. The only thing that you pack is your trust in your abilities to make it all the way through.
Think about it as some sort of survival trip. It really is. It’s not just a test of nature, but a test of yourself as well.
It really blew my mind. I can say, with a straight face, that this was one of the best trips I ever went on.
And what really took it to the next level was when somebody whipped out a hoverboard and everybody was just taking turns on the hoverboard as we walked trail after trail and as we rested at campgrounds.
Do yourself a big favor and consider getting a hoverboard. You might be hesitant about traveling without a tent and other basic equipment, but you definitely won’t go wrong if you bring along a hoverboard.