20 Signs You're Due For a Backpacking Trip

Backpacking trips are addictive. If you haven't been out in the backcountry for a while, you might start some strange habits that other non-backpackers might not understand. Don't worry, we get it. Here are 20 signs that you may be due for another backpacking trip.

  • You take a big drink at every water fountain you pass just in case you don't come across another water source for a while.

  • Your neighbor caught you digging 'cat holes' behind their bushes.

  • Your eating utensils are always one wipe (on a dirty shirt) away from being clean enough to eat with.

  • All of your toe nails have grown back.

  • You've forgotten the true joy of eating beef jerky under a shady tree.

  • You measure distances in 'could get there before lunch', 'it'll take a few breaks' and 'probably around the next bend'.

  • You think clean socks are just a novelty.

  • You start randomly calling people at the office by 'trail names' and refuse go back to their real names.

  • Sometimes you're so hungry you don't even bother to just pick out the M&Ms from the trail mix.

  • You've cut the handle off of your toothbrush just because it seemed unnecessary.

  • When you run into strangers on the street you ask them how far to "XYZ" or you randomly start telling them about your sleep last night, as if you were old friends.

  • You've left a 1,000-word comment on a YouTube video all about how they're doing it wrong.

  • You've practiced the perfect selfie face and are pretty sure you've got it down.

  • Your once awesome outdoorsy Instagram feed is now filled with pictures of your dog and funny stuff you see around town.

  • When your air conditioner kicks on at night your pretend it's the wind picking up.

  • You don't have any idea what phase the moon is in tonight.

  • Someone offers you a whole Clif Bar and you swear you'll be their best friend FOREVER.

  • You've completely forgotten how painful the blisters were on your last trip.

  • You choose not to cook anything that requires more than 2 cups of boiling water.

  • You have small duct tape stashes around your house because you just never know when you'll need it.

If you have any of these symptoms we suggest you pack up and hit the trail right away.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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