My friend asked me to share some tips on How To Plan A Backpacking Trip. So I created a checklist and we held a zoom session during which I shared how I plan a trip using various websites, google docs, apps, AllTrails.com and other resources.
During the first hour, we go through the checklist and I explain some basic principles of trip planning. During the second hour, I turn the session over to my friend and she plans her first backpacking trip to Lost Maples State Nature Area. This session was conducted live and unrehearsed. The session was long, but I think that my friend is now ready and stoked to get out on the trail.
You can download my trip planning checklist at this link: Backpacking Trip Planning Checklist
You can view a 3 day / 2 night backpacking trip itinerary and route for Lost Maples State Nature Area that I created using my method at: Lost Maples Backpacking Trip.
Watch Part 1 which presents a trip planning checklist.
Watch Part 2 which presents a live demonstration using the checklist, websites, apps, maps and other resources.
Or Watch the entire session.