10 Backpacking Tips for Beginners

1. Tell a friend/relative where you will be. This is good in case of an emergency, or if you do not show up at a certain place on your planned date.

2. Have good hiking boots. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to boots. They should be comfortable and have good grip. 

3. Filter all water you get along the trail. Use a water filter, and don’t let crystal clear water trick you into thinking it’s 100% clean. Treat your water!

4. Remember sun protection. Hiking all day will expose you to harmful UV rays. Protect your skin & eyes with sunscreen and sun glasses. A hat is a good idea, also.

5. Join a hiking group. This will help you make friends, gain hands-on experience, and it is motivating to be around other hikers.

6. Brush up on survival skills. Prepare yourself of: reading maps, knowing your navigation equipment, knowing basic first aid, and knowing how to use nature to help in case of an emergency situation.

7. Use trekking poles. They will help you maintain stability and balance while hiking up and down, and even while crossing streams/rivers.

8. Have a warm sleeping bag & a comfy sleeping mat. Getting a good night’s rest is important, especially when you are exerting so much energy during the day. Having a nice sleeping mat to put over the hard ground will help.

9. Choose clothing for all weather conditions. Clothes that layer well is ideal.

10. Take breaks while hiking. You’ll have good days on the trail, and you’ll have bad days. Listen to your body. Rest when you need to.


Do your research ahead of time. Make yourself a list to use as you’re packing and preparing for your adventure. That’s what I did.

Happy hiking, and remember to be safe out there!


Much Love,


PS – Please check out my book: UNIQUELY UNLOCKED


Author: Suzie Bosko

Born in Fremont, California and now living in Utah, Suzie M. Bosko is an author, blogger, former prison wife, survivor of narcissistic abuse, and lover of the outdoors. She also manages InmateBlogger.com, a website dedicated to giving inmates a voice through the therapeutic power of writing. She believes in letting the incarcerated share their opinions, struggles, and inner thoughts as a way to kickstart their rehabilitation and growth. Please leave a comment, or you may email suziebosko@gmail.com.

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  1. Another side of love for me. I am married. I love my husband. We’ve been together 16 years. We aren’t young. The man my blog is about – Jamie Cummings – and the book I am writing is also about love. I am 30 years older than he is. I am the grandmother of his son. In November i will have known him for 11 years. We have been through so much. His crisis – my crisis. He never had anyone in his life that cared enough a bout him to ask him how he was – about anything. It startled him because he said no one ever tried to “conversate” with him about life or made him feel that he mattered. Over these years a love grew – human to human. A love that didn’t matter how old someone was or what race they were or anything they might have done in the past. The heart can be a big place with lots of love in it. It isn’t “Owned” by one person. It doesn’t threaten the man I’m married to I know there are people who wouldn’t understand why two people separated by miles would want to be married, or what was the point of it anyway. But people who are married and living in the same house doesn’t mean they will have a good marriage.

    Another inmate that I have been writing to for the past couple years is on death row at San Quentin. In the past year his x came back into his life ( they weren’t married) and the love that had been dormant sprang to life again and in his last letter he said they were talking marriage. He will never get out of prison, yet there was enough value in their lives to want to “be” together. I had never known him to be so happy and it was so nice to hear that from him. I think there are things married people on the outside might not understand about marriage that inmates and their significant others already know..

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