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Do’s and Don’ts | Backpacking after 50 years of age 

Backpacking after the age of 50 can still be an enjoyable and enriching experience. Here are some dos and don’ts to consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey:


1. Consult with your healthcare provider:

Dawki river camping boating

Before embarking on your backpacking trip, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are in good health and physically capable of undertaking the journey.

2. Plan and pace yourself:

Dawki boating, backpacking experience

Plan your itinerary with consideration of your physical abilities and energy levels. Allow for enough rest days and don’t rush from place to place. Take breaks when needed and listen to your body.

3. Pack light and smart:

Hiking in meghalaya

Prioritise essential items while packing and keep your backpack light to avoid unnecessary strain on your back and joints. Pack comfortable and appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for the climate and activities.

4. Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet:

Lunch at Dawki

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of your body. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and maintain a balanced diet to keep your energy levels up.

5. Stay active and exercise:

Engage in regular exercise leading up to your trip to ensure you are physically prepared. Strengthen your core, legs, and back through activities like walking, yoga, or swimming.

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6. Prioritise restful sleep:

Tawang room vibe

Restful sleep is key to maintaining energy levels during your backpacking trip. Invest in a comfortable sleeping bag or mat, use earplugs or eye masks if needed, and establish a bedtime routine that helps you unwind and relax.

7. Research and plan backpacking accommodations:

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Look for accommodations that offer comfort and convenience. Consider options such as guesthouses, hotels, or even renting private rooms through platforms like Airbnb. Pay attention to reviews from fellow travellers.


1. Overexert yourself:

sangestar lake Tawang

Avoid pushing yourself beyond your limits. Take breaks when needed, don’t rush to cover too many places in a short time, and listen to your body to avoid unnecessary injury or fatigue.

2. Ignore safety precautions:

Floating in dawki river

While backpacking, it’s important to prioritise your safety. Be cautious of your surroundings, especially at night or in unfamiliar areas. Keep your valuables secure and follow local safety guidelines and advice.

3. Neglect travel insurance:

Dirang monastery prayer wheels

Regardless of age, travel insurance is crucial. Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip interruptions, and lost belongings. Read the policy carefully to ensure it meets your needs.

4. Forget about personal comfort:

Meghalaya local guide hiiring

As you age, personal comfort becomes a priority. Ensure that accommodations have appropriate amenities, such as comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, and easy accessibility.

5. Miss out on local experiences:

Dirang Monastery garden

Don’t forget to immerse yourself in local culture and engage with the local community. Participate in local activities, try local cuisine, and interact with locals to make the most of your backpacking adventure.

Remember, age should not be a barrier to backpacking. Embrace the journey, be prepared, and take necessary precautions to ensure a delightful and safe experience.

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