WE ALL HAVE BEEN THERE, JUST STARTING OUT PLANNING OUR TRIPS MAKING SURE EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT FOR OUR FIRST BIG ADVENTURE TOUR. BUT BEING A NEWBIE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ALL GEARS SHOULD WE CARRY. BUT HERE WE SORTED THAT OUT FOR YOU. 10 MUST THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING OR HIKING

10 THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING OR HIKING

1. WATER BOTTLE
2. GOOD TREKKING SHOES
3. A GOOD BACKPACK
4. A GOOD FLASHLIGHT
5. A SWISS KNIFE
6. TREKKING MAP
7. TREK PANTS
8. ENERGY BARS
9. SMALL MEDICAL KIT WITH TOILETRIES
10. CAMPING TENT( OPTIONAL )

WATER BOTTLE

I CANNOT PUT EMPHASIS ON HOW MUCH A BOTTLE OF WATER COULD BE WORTH IN SUCH CONDITIONS. IT IS THE SAVIOUR, I WOULD PREFERBALLY SAY KEEP 2 BOTTLES OF WATER AS ONE FOR BACKUP. THESE WATER BOTTLES HAVE SAVED ME IN SUCH BAD TIMES. WHILE TREKKING YOU ARE IN VERY HARSH CONDITIONS, FREEZING TEMPERATURE AND DIRECT SUNLIGHT CAN AFFECT YOU AND ON TOP OF THAT THEIR IS A HARD TREK TO CONQUER. ONE MUST SIP WATER EVERY NOW AND THEN FROM HIS BOTTLE TO KEEP HIM OR HER HYDRATED. AND THESE BOTTLES CAN BE USED AS LITTLE MEMENTO OF THOSE TREKS WHICH YOU HAVE CONQUERED AS I HAVE MY KEDARTAL TREK BOTTLE FRAMED.

GOOD TREKKING SHOES

WHEN I WAS TREKKING NEAR BALI PASS TREK I FELT A STRONG NEED OF GOOD TRACTION SHOES. It’s NOT THAT I DIDN’T HAD ONE BUT STILL I NEEDED MORE GRIP AND BALI PASS TREK WAS REAL TOUGH. A GOOD TREKKING SHOES WILL ALWAYS GIVE YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO WALK OR GO ON THOSE TRAILS WHICH SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE BUT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CONQUER THEM. I SOMETIMES FEEL BAD TO SEE NEW TREKKERS MAKING THIS MISTAKE, THEY WOULD HAVE A BIG PRICEY CAMERA, A GOOD PHONE, POWER BANKS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR OWN SAFETY THEY DON’T INVEST A LOT.

 GOOD TREKKING SHOES, THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING
GOOD TREKKING SHOES

A GOOD BACKPACK

I WILL SAY WITH GOOD BACKPACK YOU SHOULD RAIN COVER AS WELL. WEATHER GETS TOUGH AT HILLS AND NO WONDER SOMETIME IT IS RAINING AND NEXT HOUR IT WOULD BE HEAVILY SNOWING. A GOOD ROBUST BACKPACK WITH RAIN COVER WILL SURELY HELP YOU LOT. YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A BACKPACK WHICH IS GOOD IN BALANCE AND IS VERY LIGHTWEIGHT, AS YOU DON’T WANT TO INCREASE YOUR BURDEN.

A GOOD FLASHLIGHT

WHETHER YOU ARE CAMPING ALONE OR WITH A GROUP A GOOD FLASHLIGHT WITH LONG RANGE AND GOOD BACKUP IS MUST. AT NIGHT WHEN YOU ARE CAMPING AT 10000 FT WITH NO CONNECTION WITH ANYONE IT IS A MUST TO KEEP A GOOD FLASHLIGHT. NOT IT WILL HELP YOU IN DARK BUT ALSO IT LIKE A HOPE OF LIGHT.

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A SWISS KNIFE

WE ALL HAVE WATCHED ADVENTURES OF BEAR GRYLLS IN MAN VS WILD AND KNOW HOW IMPORTANT A SWISS KNIFE CAN BE . NOT ONLY IT CAN CUT WOOD, CUT BUSHES AROUND, SAVE YOUR LIFE IN DENSE FOREST. IT IS LIKE HAVING A SAFETY WEAPON WITH A ADDED TOUCH OF USABILITY.

TREKKING MAP

YEAH, WE ALL HAVE INSTALLED GOOGLE MAPS ON OUR PHONE AND WE USE THAT BUT AT 10000 FT YOU WON’T FIND A CONNECTION. ONE POSSIBLE THING COULD BE DOWNLOADING YOUR MAPS BUT PHONE CAN DITCH US AT THAT HEIGHT. I MUST ADVISE YOU TO TAKE A GOOD WELL LABELLED TREKKING MAP. IT IS THE MOST TRUSTED WAY AND MAPS ARE DOING THERE WORK FROM CENTURIES. YOU CAN ALSO GET A GPS DEVICE WITH MAP INSTALLED ON THEM BUT STILL I WOULD TRUST A NON DIGITAL DEVICE AT THAT HEIGHT.

TREK PANTS

COMFORT IS THE KING GUYS. WHEN WE TREK FOR LONG DAYS THESE PANTS REALLY START BOTHERING. A GOOD COMFORTABLE, BREATHABLE, CARGO PANTS ARE MUST FOR A HIKING TRIP. YOUR PANTS WOULD BE TESTED IN SOME ROUGH CONDITIONS SO I WOULD SUGGEST TO GET SOME GOOD QUALITY TREKKING PANTS. GOOD TREKKING PANTS ALSO COME WITH LOT OF HANDY POCKETS KEEPING YOUR STUFF LIKE ENERGY BAR OR KNIFE SAFE. A GOOD TREKKING PANT IS ONE OF THE MOST THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING

ENERGY BARS

SOMETIMES IT IS TOUGH TO GET GOOD FOOD WHILE TREKKING. EVEN THOUGH I WILL SUGGEST YOU EAT AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE BUT THESE ENERGY BARS ARE LIFESAVER. THEY DON’T NEED LOT OF SPACE, THEY ARE QUICK TO EAT AND AS THE NAME SUGGEST THEY GIVE LOT OF ENERGY. WHILE TREKKING IN RUDRANATH THESE ENERGY BARS WERE VERY HANDY.

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SMALL MEDICAL KIT WITH TOILETRIES

YES, WE ALL WANT OUR TRIP TO BE SAFE BUT ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG, AND THIS SMALL MEDICAL KIT WHO KNOWS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE SOME BAND-AID, ANTISEPTIC LOTIONS, CREAMS FOR BURN, AND BRUISES. THESE ALL MEDICINES WILL SURELY COME HANDY WHILE ON TREK. ALSO, TAKE YOUR TOILETRIES WITH YOU, DON’T FORGET THAT MEDICAL KIT IS A MUST TO CARRY THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING.

CAMPING TENT

WHEN YOU ARE TREKKING FOR LONG DAYS, YOU WILL NEED CAMPING TENT FOR YOURSELF. WHILE SOME SHORTER TREKS WILL SURLY NOT HAVE A TENT DEMAND BUT TREKS LIKE ROOPKUND WHICH IS OF 7 DAY WILL REQUIRE A TENT FOR SURE. TENT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING.

OTHER THINGS TO CARRY ON TREKKING

HIKING POLE

HIKING POLE COMES HANDY IN SNOWY CONDITIONS, IT GIVES YOU EXTRA SUPPORT AND ALSO HELPS YOU WHILE TREKKING. HIKING POLE GIVES STABILITY AND SUPPORTS YOUR KNEES

POWER BANK

WE ALL WANT TO CAPTURE OUR TREK AND SAVE THESE MEMORIES, A GOOD ROBUST A HIGH CAPACITY POWER BANK WILL BE ENOUGH FOR TREK. KEEP YOUR ALL DEVICES CHARGED, DON’T CARRY LOT OF ELECTRONIC GADGETS LIKE SMARTWATCH OR BLUETOOTH HEADSETS AS THESE WILL NEED BATTERY TOO.

SUNGLASSES

A GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES ARE ALWAYS HANDY AS IN HIGH ALTITUDE THE SHINE OF SUN CAN HURT OUR EYES AND EVEN IN SNOWY CONDITIONS YOU COULD GET SNOW BLINDNESS.

HEAVYWEIGHT GLOVES

IF YOU ARE TREKKING ON ROUTE WHICH IS GOING TO BE VERY COLD IT IS ADVISABLE TO CARRY HEAVYWEIGHT GLOVES WITH RAIN PROTECTION.

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WARM CLOTHING

IF YOU ARE TREKKING TO A COLDER REGION TAKE SOME GOOD WINTER CLOTHINGS WITH YOU. WARM CLOTHING IS AS IMPORTANT AS GOOD TREK PANTS.

GOOD COLLECTION OF SONGS

WHILE AT NIGHT YOU ARE RESTING AND APPRECIATING THE BEAUTY AROUND YOU, A COLLECTION OF GOOD SONGS MAKE THAT MOMENT EVEN MORE SPECIAL.

IN CASE YOU NEED A DETAILED LIST OF MEDICINES TO CARRY –

  • Bandage for sprains
  • BANDAGE – FOR SPRAIN
  • BAND-AID
  • MOLESKIN FOR BLISTERS
  • FOR CUTS TAKE ANTISEPTIC OINTMENT
  • ASPIRIN – PAINKILLER
  • CIPROFLOXACIN- BROAD-SPECTRUM ANTIBIOTIC
  • ANTI-DIARRHEA

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