How Do You Lead a Backpacking Trip?

By Michael Ferguson

Leading a backpacking trip is a great way to explore the outdoors, build relationships, and gain lifelong memories. It can also be a big responsibility and require careful planning and preparation. To ensure a successful hiking experience for you and your group, here are some tips for leading your own backpacking trip.

Research: Before heading out on your trip, research the area you plan to hike in. Learn about the terrain and any potential hazards like wildlife or bad weather.

Make sure you have all necessary permits or fees required by the park or land management agency. This will help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time during your hike.

Plan: Once you have done your research, create an itinerary for your backpacking trip. Plan out where you will camp each night, what trails you will take, and how long it will take to complete each day’s hike. Take into account any potential obstacles that may slow down or stop progress such as bad weather or difficult terrain.

Prepare: Make sure all members of the group are prepared for the trip before departing. Everyone should have the proper gear including tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, clothing to protect from the elements, food and water supplies, first aid kits, and maps of the area. All members should also be physically fit enough to handle the amount of hiking required each day.

Communicate: As leader of the group it is important for you to communicate clearly with all members throughout your trip. Let everyone know what is expected of them during each stage of your journey including when and where to set up camp each night as well as any potential dangers they should be aware of along the way.


Leading a backpacking trip takes careful planning and preparation but can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With proper research into the area being hiked in ahead of time as well as making sure everyone in the group has all necessary supplies and is physically fit enough for the journey ahead; a leader then needs to provide clear communication throughout their adventure. By following these tips one can ensure a safe and successful backpacking experience for everyone involved!