Backpacking is a uniquely invigorating way to reconnect with nature — and with yourself. Those who wander the trail for a time often find themselves able to think more clearly when freed from the noise of their normal, busy home lives. Whether you’re backpacking solo or with others, something about the fresh air and physical push beyond your comfort zone enables you to clear any cobwebs from your mind.
Make the most of this beautiful backpacking benefit. Keeping track of your adventure in written form will help you to remember the little details and reflect on what you’re thinking and feeling. Savor your backpacking experience to the utmost with these five travel journal prompts.
1. Close Your Eyes and Describe Your Surroundings
This journal prompt is one way to engage your other senses. When it comes to backpacking, our eyes are obviously on full alert and soaking in every sight around. But there’s a world that often goes unnoticed when it comes to the scents, sounds, and feel of the trail. Close your eyes and let your other senses take the driver’s seat — record whatever you notice about your surroundings.
2. Describe a View That Took Your Breath Away
Is there a particular sight from your backpacking experience so far that’s been particularly stunning? It might have been the picturesque overlook you were hiking toward, or you might have found an unexpected view when you turned a corner and found a glacier lying beneath you. Whatever the moment, write about it in as much detail as possible — or even try to sketch it — so you can bring the scene to life when you reread it later.
3. Write About a Moment You Won’t Forget
Life is made up of a long, winding series of moments we deem unforgettable — yet when they’re all stacked on top of each other, little moments can slip to the sidelines over time. Turn these moments into memories with this journal prompt. Whether it was the moose you stumbled a little too close to, the sound of the owls as you lay in your sleeping bag, or the feeling when you summited the peak, bring it to life through your journal.
4. Write About an Unexpected Item You’re Glad You Brought — and One You Wish You’d Remembered
Write about an item that became the unexpected hero of the trip and something you wish you’d had with you. How did this item save the day? How would the missing item have come in handy — and how did you creatively troubleshoot its absence? Don’t forget to reread this journal entry when you pack for the next backpacking expedition.
5. Describe Something That Surprised You About This Hike
Here, you’ll have the chance to reflect on your expectations and experience for your backpacking trip. The question is broad enough to let you fill in the blanks. It could be a positive surprise or a negative one — something practical or something philosophical. Unpack your time in nature by focusing on a key takeaway that you weren’t expecting.
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Written & Reviewed By Dave Gantz