Backcountry camping can be one of the most rewarding ways to camp out.
Why do you go camping? You go because you love nature and being outdoors. You want to get away from all the trappings of modern society.
You don’t want any flashing TV screens, ringing cell phones or computers.
Just the sounds of nature.
To truly get immersed in nature the best way to go is backcountry camping, especially in the National Parks. The campgrounds there are fine, but with all the people coming in and out and all of the noise, they just don’t compare. You can check out this guide to Big Bend National Park camping in the backcountry for some good examples.
When preparing for your backcountry camping trip, you should remember that there will be no running water or electricity, so be prepared. I generally like to bring a gallon and a half of water per person per day. That should give you a little extra to cook with.
You’ll also want to be certain that you bring along plenty of camp cooking gear, ingredients and recipes for when you’ve stopped for the night. Nothing makes a backcountry trip better than a hot dinner, followed by a hot breakfast in the morning with plenty of coffee (get some ideas here).
There also wont be the safety of campground lights or other people, so make sure that you lock up food in bear boxes or in hard top vehicles so animals aren’t attracted to your camp.
If there isn’t a vehicle or bear box available, you can put your food in a bag and tie it up in a tree. Just do it well away from your camp in case it does attract wildlife.