How To Pack For Your Bookish Backpacking Trip

Headlamp:

It’s all well and good to bring a book with you on your camping trip but reading by the light of the moon is going to be pretty darn difficult. Some people like flashlights for this. I prefer a headlamp because if I use one hand for my book and the other for snacking on trail mix then I am the happiest of campers.

Plastic bag and/or dry bag:

This is particularly necessary for all you backpackers out there. You planned ahead and brought your book or e-reader but forgot to account for rain or accidentally dropping your pack in the water. Protect your stories! If you’ve only got one or two thin books, then a larger Ziploc bag will do the trick for this, but if you’re bringing a stockpile of books or just want extra protection it might be worth your while to invest in a dry bag!

One extra book:

My rule of thumb is to figure out how many books I think I’ll read on the trip then bring just one more thin volume. Reading by the campfire is one of the best feelings out there and it would be a shame to spend every evening enjoying good stories except your last. Make sure you end the trip on a high note and bring an extra book.

Notebook:

I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t a notebook for writing? Why would you need it for reading?” Well, I don’t know about you but I’ve found that I manage to lose bookmarks at an absolutely astonishing rate. You don’t want to be using up all your toilet paper as bookmarks. Plus, I think it’s just always a good idea to have notebook handy. You never know when you’ll need to write down a revolutionary idea.

Bookstore Budget:

Camping is the absolute best, but the second best feeling when camping is when you take a little break from camping. You emerge into the nearest tiny town feeling somehow simultaneously filthy and refreshed. Somewhere between devouring a pizza and enjoying a beer you wander into the local bookstore. This is your chance to buy a book that will forever and always remind you this fantastic camping experience…make sure you have money with you to buy it! Plus, it’s always fun to support local bookstores!

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Guide Book:

It’s easy to get caught up planning the books you want to read for enjoyment. Don’t forget the guide book, especially one with a map in it. They’re sometimes less fun to read than the stories you choose, but almost always more necessary!

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