Hi, I am new to all this hiking and backpacking stuff and only decided to start because my doctor told me to but despite endless internet searches and various trips to camping and hiking shops i still don't know, what sort of stuff do i need to carry in my backpack? so far i've been told to take:
Energy foods (Kendal mint cake etc...)
and clothes... anything else i should stick in?
P.S.I am only thinking of going camping and hiking in the peak district so far, not the middle of the antarctic
knife and cork screw
tissue paper can be handy sometimes
Zip-lock plastic bags of assorted sizes. Great for keeping your matches, maps, etc. dry. And, you can store the smaller bags in the bigger ones.
First-aid kit! (I know this from experience )
Rope. Its very useful, for anything from trying a backpack strap back together if it breaks to a clothesline.
warm hat and gloves
spices (cooking without them is boring, bring at least salt and pepper)
paper plates (hate doing dishes)
disinfecting baby naps (cleans hands, faces, cuts, dishes, tents, everything...)
Really good walking shoes/boots (already well worn in)
Firewood (if your campsite requires you to bring your own)
Hmm... I'll let you know if I think of anything else...