Hiking and backpacking is a great way to discover the world outside the common routes. It is adventurous, you get in touch with nature and it can be done pretty low budget. However there are a few things to consider before you start hiking and backpacking. First of all make sure you read enough information about hiking and plan your trip ahead, more information about hiking and backpacking for beginners can be found here. Getting to know your route before hand is no luxury. Calculate where you might run into problems and communicate with people back home where and when you will be hiking. Get into good shape before you leave. Walking for hours on end with a considerable amount of weight on your back is something that needs training. Of course it is essential to train your leg muscles, but having a strong back is just as important. After all those will be the muscles who will be carrying the most weight throughout your trip. Make sure you get a check up from your doctor to clear out any unknown problems before leaving. Out in the wilderness it will be hard to find an emergency room. Think about your company; Do you want to go alone or with a friend? One other very important point is your gear, but that is a subject that deserves its own post since each hike needs a different type of equipment.