Since 2011, Justin Marrus has worked for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, where he serves as a senior assistant district attorney. Justin Marrus enjoys staying in shape by hiking, long-distance biking, and long-distance backpacking.
Long-distance backpacking is challenging and sometimes difficult, but also extremely fun and rewarding. One of the hardest parts of backpacking is packing for the trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for a multi-day backpacking trip:
1) Be prepared for rain. No matter where you go, it is extremely likely that you will encounter rain at some point. Pack appropriate protective gear so that you and your pack stay dry.
2) Wear layers. The mornings are cooler and the afternoons can get hot, so it is essential to wear layers that you can take off as you go and put back on when the sun starts to go down.
3) Invest in quick-dry clothing. Quick-dry clothing can be washed at night and be dry by the morning, keeping you feeling fresh and clean.
4) Pack light! Be realistic about how many pairs of shoes you need, pack lightweight hiking pants instead of jeans, and find a compact, quick-drying towel — there are many things you can do to keep your pack light.