My wife and I will be doing our first overnight backpacking trip this weekend. We do a lot of day hikes, and are both very athletic and outdoorsy. Not yet concerned with being ultra lightweight or anything like that. Just trying to enjoy each others company and some beautiful scenery. We will be heading into the Smokys and staying at one of the campgrounds that you don't have to reserve in advance. Will be about a 4 mile hike in and 4 out. Were just trying to keep it easy for the first time to get the hang of it.
Now to my question after my long winded intro. What advice do you guys/ladies have for the first time out? Anything that you forgot to pack your first time that cant be left behind?
If there is a bear pole, how do we hang our food from it? What length of paracord do i need to make sure to bring to do that? Can i just hang it in a dry bag?
Since its expensive to get started, we don't have all of the ultra light stuff, but our tent is 5lb4oz Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 (I'm tall, had a hard time fitting into the lighter ones that I could afford, I'll carry that extra pound or so to not sleep like a sardine), packs wife 3lb13oz mine 4lb (osprey kestrel), sleeping bags 35* Mountain Hardwear Lamina hers is 2lb1oz, mine 2lb7oz. Beyond that, our stuff is mostly mix/match and stuff we already had.
I really appreciate any help!