Through proper storage you can avoid flattening your jacket, and when a jacket becomes flattened over time, you can easily extend your puffer jacket's life!
Striving to drop weight from your backpack should be a key for all hikers as it helps you hike with less body stress, just be cautious in dropping too much!
Making sure to drink enough water and not to start becoming dehydrated is super important when you are out on a hike as hydration is vital to success.
I believe most hikers are undernourished which leads to the little incidents of injury over time, these things that take people out of the hike.
When you take on the Appalachian Trail you are committing yourself to 4-6 months of consistent travel, you want to have a place to stop and call home.
You want to size your backpack to the task. You will be looking to carry this backpack over 2000 miles and over time it will wear on you and your body.
A good R-Value can mean a big difference in a comfortable sleep system. You definitely want to ensure you properly are prepared for cold nights!
For 5+ months you will camping and moving city to city. Unless you are covered under your parent still then you will need to have some kind of safety net.