Outdoor Trip Planning

Adventurers exploring a map and talking about different routes.
Interested in going on your own outdoor adventures but don’t know where to start? Follow these pre-trip-planning steps and be more prepared in no time!

Step 1 – Before You Go

  • Determine your goals and objectives! What, why, and with whom?
  • Take the time to research and plan.  Download the FREEDOM Journal [PDF]
  • Learn about and respect the rules and regulations of Public Lands and Wilderness Areas. Visit Leave No Trace
  • Take a class. Back country travel requires a certain level of expertise and knowledge. PE 115 and PE 116 give you the tools and knowledge to get started hiking — rain, shine or snow!

Step 2 – Research Your Trip

Step 3 – Pack for Success

  • No need for a large shopping trip; many of these items can be found at thrift stores, around your own home or borrowed from friends and family.  We also rent gear: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, snowshoes and bear canisters.
  • Plan out with all of your items in plain view, then decide what you REALLY need.  If you don’t think you’re going to use it, leave it at home.
  • Read more on Fix.com’s How to pack for your first backpacking trip about steps for getting you packed up and adjusted.

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Last Updated May 9, 2023