The process of planning your trip can seem daunting at first, but don’t let it intimidate you! I call my planning method the Loosely Structured Itinerary, because it’s detailed and organized but completely flexible. By doing it this way, you’ll allow yourself the comfort of having orientation and direction without locking yourself into a set plan that can't change with your experience. In my opinion, it’s the best way to quiet an anxious mind while still maintaining the integrity of the backpacking experience. So go ahead and follow these 5 simple steps to plan a trip of your own.