This is Day 6 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.
Backpacking is about setting up a home for yourself out in nature, where you can eat and sleep in relative safety and comfort. The process of thinking about what you need when you are outside 24/7 is really apparent when it comes to sun protection.
Prior to getting into backpacking I would never wear sunglasses. I would just tough it out and wear a hat.
I distinctly remember the first time when I wore a tinted visor on my motorcycle helmet. It was like a breath of fresh air. My whole body relaxed. By having happy eyes I could focus on the road. It was then that I realized how uncomfortable it was trying to see on bright, sunny days.
With that said, I still waited five more years to get a pair of sunglasses. I didn’t want to pay for prescription shades and for some silly reason, I’m self-conscious wearing sunglasses. For my last birthday, after sharing with my boyfriend that I wanted to get clip-on-shades for when I go backpacking, he gave me a pair that matches the shape of my regular glasses. I love them! And I’m fairly certain I don’t look dorky in them, but I could be wrong.
My clip-on-shades are so important to me, that when I leave the house I make sure I have my keys, wallet, phone, utensil pouch and sunglasses. Once again, thank you backpacking for making my life better.
How else has backpacking enriched my life?
Check out the Table of Contents for “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I’ll be writing one new post every day during the month of October.