Make it easy:
Keep it light:
Pack the good shit:
Don’t be cheap with trail food. At the end of the day, your newbie is going to be sore, sweaty, cold and hungry. A warm, delicious meal goes a long way in alleviating a hard day of suffering.
You’re not a tour guide and the wilderness ain’t disneyland. Part of the joy of backpacking is being completely self-sufficient. Everything you need to survive a night in the wilderness you carry on your back. However, it’s also a big responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly by your newbie. Sharing responsibility not only keeps your newbie engaged but also teaches backcountry skills.