Hiking, Camping and Backpacking Tips and Tricks| Go Ultralight, Stealth Camping and Cooking on Trail
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Hiking, Camping and Backpacking Tips and Tricks| Go Ultralight, Stealth Camping and Cooking on Trail

Hi, everyone! We are Angelina and Dima from Walking Nature
World. We are in the middle of autumn now and it
means that the hiking season is coming to an end. So we decided to share with you in this video
our lessons that we’ve learnt after being hiking, camping and backpacking for one year. So all the beginner backpacker’s stay tuned
because there will be some useful hacks and tips for you! Let’s begin! The main discovery of this year were the campings. It is an excellent option th stay in for the
night. Because here in Europe they’re everywhere,
easily available and convenient. So we had a great experience with them, just
right. And talking about the stealth camping it became
easier for us in many ways and we’ve learnt so many different things. So now we are not so scared of sleeping outside
anymore and we have more experience to pick the best place to camp. And we’ve learnt that in order to have the
best experience you need to come at the place quite early so that you have at least few
hours of daylight left. So you have more chances to find the best
spot. But you know not everyday is perfect and sometimes
you’ll come at the place at the dusk so that you have no powers to search any longer and
you’re very exhausted. So you just do your best every day. So our overall tips would be: The ground should be as flat as possible,
if it’s not possible the head of the tent should always go higher than the legs. Also look out for the spiky plants and bushes
that are very dangerous for your sleeping pads. The best secluded spots are far from the cities,
villages and private houses, out of the routes and roads. So if you find yourself in the forest, it’s
always the best option to stay in because it’s very rare that anybody can disturb or
find you. And in most of the cases it is the warmest
and the most quiet spot you can find because of the trees and bushes protecting you from
all of the sides. If you’re in the field, it’s a bit more complicated
because you have to pay attention more and keep in mind more things. So the best field is the one with the mowned
grass with no colt on it or hay laying around. This wil guarantee that no tractor will come very early
in the morning and disturb you. Personally to us it has never happened but
it’s better be safe than sorry. So overall we enjoy the stealth camping a
lot because it allows you to wake up to such scenic locations, the most scenic locations
you can find. And it often better than any 5 star hotel
you can find. So for us sleeping in a tent is freedom in
many ways. We love having our own little things around,
sleep in our own sleeping bags and having this little cosy corner of ours. These feelings are the best for us and we
won’t exchange it for anything else in the world. So now when we’re hiking we always carrying
and sleeping in a tent. During our last Camino de Santiago del Norte
hike when we were stealth camping we even managed to take the shower in the forest. And it was the best feeling ever after the
hot sweaty day. We just had the 1.5 litre of water bottle
and it was great experience so we will definetely repeat it the next season. Talking about cooking we absolutely can’t
live without our cooking stove, cold food is not for us. The best experience we have cooking in a tent
because it’s more protected from the wind. When we cook outside we use our mat around
our cooking stove and it protects from the wind just fine. Also we found that for cooking outdoors the
best food is the one that can hold lots of liquid like for example oats, purees and soups. So that it can stay hot longer and you don’t
have to eat the cold food. The huge difference for us made the spices
mix that we started to bring with us to our hikes. Specifically curry, oregano and pepper mix,
that is our favourite. So now our food tastes so well that we don’t
feel like our diet changes a lot from the times when we are at home. So we can hike for longer months without feeling
any difference and don’t suffer. With the time we learnt that the plastic spoons
and forks that we were carrying are not the best option to go at all. When they started breaking at us and deformating,
not holding the high temperatures. So ocassionally we bought the good old wooden
spoon and we were shocked by how well it performed. So it doesn’t break, it holds the high temperatures,
it’s natural and lightweight and it doesn’t scratch the pan. So don’t waste your time searching for the
best plastic cutlery – go for the wood and you won’t be dissapointed. Our experience with dry food mixes wasn’t
the best because we found that they have lots of spices, onion, pepper that we feel like
it’s too much or not enough. So we tend to prepare our own food having
just the basic stuff like rice or any cereals and then adding to our taste our own spices. And only that way it tastes good to us. So just try it yourself but we found that
it’s very hard to find the dry food mix that suit your taste. Also during our last biggest hike Camino de
Santiago del Norte we faced a big problem when we couldn’t find any gas in any shops
or gas stations. We were struggling a lot with that. And we were even considering of changing the
system of our cooking stove but we really couldn’t find one that was available in every
shop. Right from the beginning when we were just
starting out in hiking and backpacking we tried to go as ultralight as possible finding
things with the mark ultralight on it. But when you’re just strating it’s very hard
to figure out everything at once. So now we realized that it wasn’t as ultralight
as we could go now. So recently we just changed our sleeping pads
and already could downsize our backpack significantly. So now it’s turn for our sleeping bags and
our tent. Because we know that our overall joy from
the hike and our health depend on it a lot. And this way we can go more kms and more days
in the row. So for now it’s our main goal and priority. We also changed our super heavy DSLR for mirrorless
lightweight camera. And it was the best decision ever. Because we like taking great quality pictures
in our hikes. And now we don’t have to sacrifice it because
of the big weight. Now we can carry it everywhere with us and
we love it the same as our old kind DSLR. Another life saver was extended phone battery. It makes our phone work without charging up
to 4 days and for someone constantly using and relying on navigation is a must have. Totally recommend it. Cheap and great. During this year of hiking we learnt that
we definetely can do more than we ever thought we could. Having lots of these moments when you fell
like you already can’t move forward and you feel very exhausted. But then you put yourself together and continue
hiking – it’s the greatest feeling ever and it feels like a superpower for sure. For us we figuered the golden mean is 15 to
17 kms a day – this is our norm when we don’t feel broken apart at the end of the day. And most importantly this way we have time
throughout the day to shoot nature details, animals, birds, all the little things around
and not just fly by them. This is very imporant for us, we enjoy the
hike a lot better this way and this is definetely our style of shooting. Even during our biggest hike Camino de Santiago
we had no calluses on the feet. It was we were doing less than 25 kms a day. In this case you’ll have little to no problems
with that. But everybody’s different so it will depend
on your physiology, shoes etc. Trail running shoes are great for hiking – soft,
light, very adaptable and durable. We’ll go for it from now on. During this time we got to truly believe in
the philosophy of walking for the sake of walking, not the destination and amount of
kilometres. Having no particular goal and enjoying every
minute of your way, noticing little things and making memories to last. This would be our philosophy forever from
now on. So always choose quality over quantity. Our beliefs in the minimalistic approach got
stronger with that time. This approach was always close to our hearts
and we try to live like that. But having backpacking for a year we realized
that we really don’t need so many things to live. All we truly need is a shelter, a tent, several
things to cook with and several things to wear. And that’s all. Now it even feels weird to go back to your
normal life in the apartment when you have so many furniture and things around that are
mostly unnecessary. The most important things in life are not
materialistic – you understand it and feel it on your own skin, they’re not just the
words anymore that you hear all the time. You get your own understanding so it definetely
clears your head and changes the way you look at life. Being close to nature and animals brings light
to all the environmental and the ecological issues that our earth is facing nowadays. You see it and you feel it with your own eyes
and heart whether it would be industrialization, agriculture, deforestation, traffic, amount
of roads etc. And you don’t just hear or read it from somebody
– you see it and it jumps right into you. So you won’t be indifferent to it anymore. You can’t be and you shouldn’t be. And you want to make your own little contribution
right away. You get so addicted to hiking that you wish you could
never stop. Exploring new places and live your life in
that manner. All you do is walking and hiking. So think before you start that’s definetely
a risk you’re taking. And these were all of our thoughts and tips
after one year hiking and camping. And if you have any further questions left
as always feel free to leave us a comment below or drop us a private message in our
Facebook group or Instagram account where we post our latest photos. We hope this information was useful to all
of the beginner hikers and backpackers out there! To keep up with us subscribe to our Youtube
channel, we’ll keep you updated here, and as we gain more experience we are planning
to continue these series next year. Have a great hike everybody and see you on
our next video!


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