This isn’t going to be an instructional blog outlining everything you need to know before heading out into the wilderness. There are a whole bunch of resources and I am no expert. Before I get into my goofings in the woods, these are the things that are important to me when I go backpacking. You can hike your own hike and camp your own camp but please be safe, be nice, and have a good time.
Have your 10 essentials of backpacking: Navigation, Sun Protection, Insulation, Illumination, First-aid, Fire, Repair kit/tools, Nutrition, Hydration, & Shelter (1).
Know the terrain and the weather you will be in.
Be prepared for animals you may encounter.
Tell somebody when and where you are going.
Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, Be Considerate of Other Visitors (2).
Know the rules and conditions where you will be backpacking.
Stay on the trail & use established campsites if possible.
Don’t litter & learn how to poop properly (I might make a post on how I relieve myself at a later date).
Say hi to other campers and and share the trail. Get out of the way if you want to stop, yield to people going up hill, treat others how you would like to be treated…that sort of thing.
Have a Good Time
Don’t be a grump.
Take care of yourself and don’t overexert yourself.
Also…I dunno I really like sharing.
(1) Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills; 8th Ed; Mountaineers Books; 596 pages; 1960 to 2010; ISBN 978-1594851384
(2) © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: http://www.LNT.org.