Backpacking Tip | How to Prepare for a 3 Day Backpacking Trip

In this backpacking tip, Eric Hanson explains how to prepare for a 3 day backpacking trip. Starting with a trip to the grocery store, Eric shows you some of his favorite meals and snacks before loading everything into his pack and heading off to Coyote Gulch in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.


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either guys Merrick Anthony with backpacking TV I'm checking in from labert in Utah awesome little spot outside of Zion National Park and I am preparing to do a couple of night backpacking trip I think it will be a two nighter in the central southern Utah area the Escalante area so I just wanted to go through and show you how I prep and prepare for my backpacking trip and then I'm going to take you on the trip with me here first we're heading to the grocery store we've got a couple of favorites a couple of go twos for backpacking meals first one is tasty bite these things are awesome super delicious and easy to prepare I like to add a few extra things to them that's a great base meal so that's meal number one and for meal number two these darn good Chile's are darn good although one tip for you don't prepare this if you're trying to impress anybody because whoo baby you'll be stinky we're Noel's not my favorite way to start the day but it's easy and it works so I'm doing it flavor pack super flavor pack I like my protein pepperonis an awesome way to get up for the daytime I've done that where I've hiked backpack for about five days straight with pepperoni these things are magical wasabi soy nuts and you can even chop them up and add them to a meal for an extra blue these things Adele's smoked chicken sausage are just about the best thing ever pretty much backpack with them all the time the pre cooks they don't go bad at least for a while and they are just incredible flavor punch to your meals they're awesome I love them swear by them pretty much is my life goal to be sponsored by Adele's all these coffees and I'm not doing any of them is a better way I will show you peanut butter is basically always a go-to for me it's kind of a comfort food ideally I will carry only like a half jar of these on the trail but I love it and so I'm getting it so it came to outside of Diane last night and today heading into Escalante so I'm doing a two-night backpacking trip with a couple of friends so just running through again what I'm taking here on the trip so I've got my thumb rest sleeping bag NeoAir extra light sleeping pad that thing as money tent I'm using the MSR hubba-hubba and four water filtration I'm taking this Guardian which is pretty hefty for a backpacking filter but because we're going into the escalante which is very silty the one of the things that this does really well is it itself cleans so won't get clogged up with silt as I am filtering water from potentially really silty sandy dirty water sources if I was going to a place with a cleaner water source I'd like to take something a little bit lighter duty than that but this one will ensure that it won't get clogged up for water storage and taking my dromedary I really like taking a drama because they're barely and they collapse as the water goes out so it doesn't always take up a huge amount of space in your pack the breakfasts I'm doing just some simple oatmeal peanut butter and coffee for coffee I'm doing these Alpine starts these things are awesome they're basically like the Starbucks vias but they're way better got some snacks just doing beef jerky Clif bars and a little bit of tuna for my lunches as well as these almonds these are wasabi almonds other things that I need to make sure I have with me headlamp bringing extra pair of socks ex-officio underwear because those will pretty much last me the whole time so I really only need one pair and just taking a puffy jacket in case of weather and that's basically it I got my pack packed up I put my sleeping bag in the very bottom something that's not too lightweight actually just like a space filler for the very bottom in the middle lower portion the place that's going to go next to my lumbar area that's where I want some my heaviest stuff it's important to keep the heavy stuff close to your back the farther away it is from your back the more it will act as like a lever to pull you backwards and then I have my food up top a couple of snacks in my brain where it's easy access and then some some clothing and some additional things here the top portion of my pack so that's how I prepare for a 3 day backpacking trip stay tuned up next we are heading into the fantastic coyote Gulch in southern Utah it is a true Utah classic and you definitely do not want to miss it so stay tuned for the next video coming up now

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  1. hey great product placement! only…I'm only looking into my first 3 day hike. looking for more than I got this, and this, and this; thing about a how to video is you might want to actually show how to! not just find sponsors asshole.

  2. This is a strange idea but for a snack, buy a pizza lunchable, repackage it and replace the cheese with babybell swiss cheese which is shelf safe, good idea for kids

  3. Hey Eric. I had a question about your choice of protein. The adelis precooked sausages say that they need to be kept refrigerated. How long do they last? I'm nervous about packing these in my bag and getting sick in the back country.

    Thanks for your channel I've enjoyed it and have learned a lot!

  4. I'm happy that you're posting again. But the videos that preceded these new ones seemed more professionally done. Are these new vlog-style videos going to be the new format on the channel? What can old time subscribers expect from the direction this channel is takin? 🙂

  5. Great food ideas! Thanks! I bought a couple droms for my son and I last year. We used then on a 1 night test run for backpacking this spring. They held a good amount of water and we're very tough. Problem is… The water tasted HORRIBLE! I could not drink it without retching. I read they changed their design a while back. Sadly it is a common complaint.

  6. Just found your channel. thank you for the food ideas. I've been putting together my pack for 8 months now not the lightest but inexpensive and durable. Buy once. I'm on to the food aspect now. I hope soon to get a total pack weight for a two night.

  7. Cool. Learned a few things on layering the backpack. I will be on a three day trip in the Belgian Ardennes near Bouillon, starting this saturday. Safe travels!…..

  8. Coconut electrolytes drinks.

    PROPERLY CHECK OUT ALL NEW PEANUT BUTTER PRODUCTS. Some new product "nut butters" are made with soybean or tofu (textured vegetable protein – say SOYBEANS), and these have been recalled for toxic bacteria sickness. Tofu-products highly easy to get contaminated – even in vakpaking – been there, gotten sick …) Not a refrigeration issue – it is bacteria and soybeans/tofu/TVP processing and getting germ-infected that develops later in the package … and whether the employees are truly sterile and clean workers as well – just like foreign workers in meat processing plants and slaughter houses, and foreign-grown unclean vegetable produce.

    They are adding in soybean meal, and soy oil into almost all foods now. This is toxic to pets (and some allergic people – like peanut allergies etc) … and part of all the new pet food ingredients that is causing the mental/emotional/neurological organ failures and tics of the pets … they can't digest the soy, and it becomes toxic to the nervous system … chewing and licking on the feet etc. All neurological damage. Most peanut butter (Target was shocked) is now peanut butter SPREAD. Only Laura Scudders (vastly smaller jar/bottles now – and the true original peanut makers in smaller jars remain pure and true.

    Western white caucasians should be wary of high (asian and asian-introduced) soy product ingredients, and whether they have toxic and allergic reactions to such products.

  9. Nice to see you doing some more vids. I must compliment you on your pack, I have the same one but unfortunately didn't get to use it on my section hike up the AT this past spring bc my 14 year old son begged to use it for the trip and I gave in and used my old Army pack instead. The things we give up for our kids, never thought it would be my favorite pack 🙂

  10. Just came across this video like 5min ago 😂😂
    This probably won't happen but can you please do a budget backpacking setup for somewhat broke student? I'd appreciate it very much and very body that watches I would hope 🙏🙏

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