New Backpacking Gear

When you are out in the wild and are going for an adventure it is always a good feeling when you know that you have the new backpacking gear that is reliable and will not fail you when need it the most. I always believed that you get what you pay for and it has served me well. There are so many choices and manufacturers for new backpacking gear out there that it can get a little distracting at times but not to worry this will give you a good sense of direction in finding the right new backpacking gear that suites you.

First is finding out what type of backpacking you will be doing in order to decide which route to go in getting you new backpacking gear. Do you go extreme like climbing up faces and repelling as well? Are you the backpacker that likes to go on long trips out into the wilderness for long periods of time? Or there are the normal ones that will go for a short excursion for a day or two? Any of these require you to be well prepared in case any thing happens that you did not count on, and most of the time that is what happens. These are a few good companies that I like to use, Eureka, Granite Gear, Jan sport, Coleman, Mountainsmith, the list goes on and on but just try to choose the best new backpacking gear for your needs depending on which type you will be doing. You will always find quality gear it’s just finding what suites your needs when looking for new backpacking gear.

Trying to remember everything to take can always be a chore too especially when you get there and realize that you forgot the tent or your boots. Keeping your new backpacking gear in a well organized space can help with this. Here is a good checklist to go through when preparing for a backpacking trip- Map, Compass, Flashlight or Headlamp, Extra Food and Clothes, sunglasses, FIRST AID KIT IS A MUST HAVE! Pocket Knife or Bowie Knife, Waterproof Matches, Fire starter, Water, Bottles, or a Camel Pack, Bug Repellent, and Sun Screen. These are only a few of the many that you will need but they are the things that will keep you alive if something terrible happens, God Forbid it does, but better safe than sorry right? Over all just keep yourself equipped with the right gear, be safe, make good decisions and it will be a trip you will not forget, and don’t forget to take pictures as well.

Backpacking in Maputo, Mozambique

Thousands of backpackers pass through Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, each year. It is worthwhile spending at least 3 days in Maputo before travelling inland to the traditional backpacker destinations of Xai-xai and Tofo. Mozambique’s history of colonisation by the Portuguese has left a colourful and eclectic legacy in Maputo, where the fusion of Portuguese and African cultures gives backpackers the opportunity to enjoy unique cultural and culinary experiences.

Maputo has two major backpackers that accommodate travellers, Fatima’s Place and The Base. Both of them offer dorm beds, single rooms and doubles at reasonable rates. Fatima’s Place is generally busier and louder than The Base, sometimes making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The accommodation facilities at The Base are cleaner and more comfortable than at Fatima’s Place, and The Base’s location is more central as it is closer to the bus stop used by the major bus lines that transport passengers to and from Nelspruit and Johannesburg.

The most famous tourist attraction in Maputo is the fish market at Costa do Sol. It is relatively easy to get to the fish market by using one of the chapas, or local minibus taxis. The fish market sells freshly caught fish, and upon walking in, one is greeted with a visual spectacle of seafood. When walking through the fish market, one can see live clams in large buckets, endless heaps of prawns, large lobsters and crayfish and dozens of local fish species. Fish and other seafood are sold by weight, and customers are expected to negotiate regarding the price. Store-owners will often initially quote inflated prices which they are willing to reduce through negotiations.

In a section adjoining the fish market, there are various restaurants where patrons can sit down and eat the seafood purchased in the fish market. These restaurants expertly clean, spice, cook and serve the seafood to their patrons. Purchasing fresh seafood from the market and immediately enjoying it as a delicious meal is a memorable experience.

Mozambique is well-known as a producer of cashew nuts, and visitors to Maputo can purchase freshly roasted cashew nuts, as well as raw cashew nuts that are sold by the kilogram. Cashew nuts are also used in the production of a local alcohol, Cajoe, which should not be indulged in by the faint-hearted as it is known to be very strong.

Maputo also has a lively nightlife, and there are a number of live music venues towards the south and east of the city. There are also a number of popular nightclubs, the most famous being Coconuts and Navau, both of which are frequented by locals and travellers alike.

Catembe Island, a small island located across the stretch of water in front of the Maputo Harbour, is also a worthwhile attraction for backpackers. There is a ferry that transports passengers between the harbour and the island, and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Visitors can explore the island, enjoy a meal at a local eatery, and drink a local beer at one of the many bars on the island.

Maputo is a city with a unique cultural heritage. Backpackers using Maputo as their point of entry into Mozambique should spend a few days exploring the sights and enjoying all that the city has to offer.

History Of Backpacking

Backpacking today is a lot easier and more fun then it was in the when it started. People are able to backpack with all the things they love from their homes, such as computers, phones and even watch TV on their trips. Due to all the latest technology like solar panels to charge all their equipment. Back then it was a different story. A lot of people backpacked for necessity either because of disease, starvation, wild animal attacks or robbers to name a few. It wasn’t till the 17th century people traveled for educational or entertainment purposes.

Wealthy European men were sent on a “grand tour” one last hurrah before they settled into marriage and careers. Just like the pre-college trips the teenagers in Europe take these days. Giovanni Careri was the first pioneer to travel the globe for fun. He did this travel in 80 days and wrote the accompanying book “Around the World in Eighty Days’. He was able to do this by smuggling valuables from country to country. The earliest backpackers were the ancient hunters-gatherers. Where they followed animals and ate the wild fruits. These nomadic tribes were the Aborigine Australians, South African Bushmen. Pygmy Tribes of the Congo and the Native Americans.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus ventured to America and David Livingstone explored Africa in 1841 are just two of the many explorers who paved the way for backpackers. In 1920 Lloyd F. Nelson invented the camping backpack by adding a pack board to make the pack more comfortable. Before that the backpack was just a loose sack with shoulder straps. In 1965 President Lyndon Johns proposed the National Scenic Trail Act which encouraged individuals to discover the outdoors and appreciate nature more. This provided hikers with well-defined trails to follow. Greg Lowe designed the internal fame backpack which distributes pack weight across the hips. And the backpacking gear got better from wooden frame to aluminum tubing, heavy canvas to waterproof nylon, steel cookware to titanium, wool clothing to quick dry synthetics and petroleum/wood for stoves to alcohol/butane.

In 1910 backpack is coined. In the 1940’s post World War 2 more people had time to travel so the travel trailer and camping grew in popularity. Because of the military design backpacking gear goes lighter with aluminum-alloy frames. Then the lighter frames become popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Then 1970’s lighter weight nylon backpacks are everywhere. In 1990 the program Leave No Trace Behind is developed. In 2000 all the best innovations in shelter, sleeping bags, cookware get lighter and easier to carry.

The best is yet to come as the principles of the program Leave No Trace Behind become important for our eco-conscious society and so backpacking will grow more and more. Leave nature as you found it don’t disrupt it and our beautiful wild life will continue to flourish.