Trekking is an adventure! To be so close to nature – to revel in its exquisiteness is an amazing experience. High in the mountains or deep in the forests – whatever your trail maybe, it’ll be a memory you will always remember. But to make it a good memory, always go prepared. While you may think trekking is just a hike – it is so much more than just that. You will encounter not just the beautiful parts of nature but all of it – even the troublesome ones! Dust, thorns, heavy rains, high altitudes – there’s multitudes of factors that could take place during the trek and if you’re not prepared, the trek could go horribly wrong!
But even before packing, one needs to go back all the way to the basics – Research!
1. It is very important for one to know the terrain of the area they’re going.
2. Is it a popular trekking spot with other trekkers?
3. If so, will you find supplies nearby
4. How long will the trek take?
5. Will food be easily available? Or will you have to pack some?
6. What kind of weather will you face?
7. Is it safe? And the precautions you need to take.
All of these will help you decide on what you need to pack. For instance, no one likes to pack heavy. If the spot is a popular trekking spot, there is mostly a place where you can rent supplies for the journey instead of carrying it all the way there.
1. Footwear: Whether mountain or forest, one needs to always have hiking shoes with a strong and resilient grip. For other times, one can carry flip-flops to offer some relief to the feet.
2. Sun- Screen: It is imperative that one carry sunscreen. Sun-burns on head, hands and legs will not make the trek any easier. Protection against the harsh rays of the sun will always be beneficial.
3. Water: Or a reusable water bottle depending on the terrain.
4. Waterproof Backpack: There’s no point of carrying stuff if you can’t use them because they got wet!
5. Camping Gear: A sleeping bag, a tent, walking stick and headlamps – these can be rented or you can use your own.
6. Clothes: Make sure you have waterproof clothes for the trek. Walking with wet, soggy clothes will just leave you irritable. Carry a travel towel
7. Toiletries: Your toothbrush, travel toothpaste and facewash, hand sanitizers, soaps and basic medicines.
8. Camera and Batteries: Now, this depends on the type of trekker you are. If you want to switch off completely from the world, these are not for you. But if you want to capture all your moments, then take them along.