Whether you’re going on an overnight hike or a multi-week wilderness adventure, these budget-friendly backpacking tips will help ensure you’re ready for your next trip.
For a natural mosquito repellent, use sage. Just bring some in a plastic bag on your trip, and throw it in the campfire to keep the mosquitoes away.
Tell Time Without a Watch
Figuring out how much time is left to hike in the afternoon can be tricky sometimes. You don’t want the night to fall and get lost getting back to your campsite.
For an easy way to figure out how much time is left, use your fingers. Put your hand up in the sky and place it right below the sun. Count the number of fingers it takes to reach the horizon from the bottom of the sun and multiply that by 15 (each finger equals 15 minutes).
That will be your total number of minutes left (ex. four fingers x 15 minutes = 60 minutes left).
Make the Most of Your Water Bottle
There are several tricks you can use involving your water bottle,…