Must Have Essentials While Trekking
Updated: Apr 25, 2018
Every time we pack for a trip, we often over pack thinking that we might need it later. And this is the biggest mistake people make especially while packing for hikes and treks.
You literally need to pack your essentials and nothing more. Following are a few things you must have whenever you’re packing for a trekking or hiking expedition!
Trekking Poles: The quality of trekking poles play an important role especially when it comes to rough terrain and slippery areas. Combined with good trekking shoes and poles can be your best friend .
Cap: Very important part of the trekking and hiking experience as it saves face and your head from UV rays and also it helps in getting good selfies and pictures. Specially during rains , it saves your hair from getting wet.
Sunscreen : To save one from harmful sun radiations you definitely need sunscreen that too recommended by a dermatologist. Highly recommended for people belonging to countries with cold weather and lighter skins.
Binocular : Specially recommended for bird watches and nature lovers as it helps to focus on hidden views and remote areas .
Trek Pants : Highly recommended as it’ll saves you from harsh bushes which sometimes have thorns and also saves from insect bites. We have learned from our experience that kids specially need to have treks pants.
Water bottles, Snacks : It is extremely important to keep yourself hydrated all the times specially when you are trekking in remote areas and that too on a sunny day. You end up losing a lot of water and in high altitudes treks, water is the prime source of oxygen for the body.
Backpack : A lightweight durable backpack is highly recommend as it helps to you to carry essentials especially your food,water and medicines. It is further recommended to use a waterproof one.
Trekking Shoe or Trekking boots are footwear specifically designed for protecting your feet and ankles during Trekking. They are one of the most important items of trekking gear, since their quality and durability can determine a person's ability to walk long distances without injury.
Sunglasses are one of the important tools when you are going for the treks specially when the trek is in high altitude. It saves your eyes from UV rays and strong wind. It also provides better visibility if the terrain is full of snow. So make sure that you get the glasses which will cover your eyes completely. Lastly, everybody wants to look cool and sunglasses will do that job!
Keep in Mind
AMS: Altitude sickness generally refers to a condition known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It affects people in areas of high altitude, which means areas at around 2,500m above sea level. Altitude sickness is more common, and becomes more severe, with increasing altitude.
About altitude sickness: If you ascend to an area of high altitude, you are likely to experience some form of altitude sickness. Usually, the symptoms are mild and will improve if you descend. Altitude sickness is most likely to affect you if you ascend quickly especially at a rate of more than 500m per day or if you don’t allow yourself time to get used to the height (acclimatise).
What counts as high altitude?
High altitude refers to heights that are between 1,500 and 3,500m above sea level.
Very high altitude is from 3,500 to 5,500m above sea level.
Extreme altitude is from 5,500 to 7,500m above sea level.
Now you have a list of your trekking essentials and pack like a pro before your next trek!