If there is an adventurist inside you, you must have desired of going on a trekking trip at least once. But do you even know what the essentials to be kept in a trek are?? If not, then this is the right place to upgrade your knowledge. Well, there can’t be a universal list apt for everyone but it can be a comprehensive one. So, let’s have a look at the trekking gear you require for a seamless and hassle-free trek.
To carry your baggage in a trek, the backpack is the best alternative. The backpacks are designed in such a way that these put a lesser strain on your body by evenly distributing their load on your shoulders and hips, making them easy to carry for several hours. So, it is a must for any trek, be it for a couple of days or a week. Invest in a good quality backpack, as you would not like to harm your body just to save a few bucks.
A daypack is a smaller version of a backpack that is lightweight but quite big for a few extra small items. It is usually reserved for shorter and day hikes but to pick the best one, you shall consider a few factors, like the length of the pack, size of the pack, pack type, capacity required, etc.
- Hiking Jacket
Depending upon the weather and location of your trek, you shall pick your hiking jacket. To be on a safer side, you shall go for something breathable as well as water-resistant (in case of rainy locations) and warm jacket for colder ones. You can put on a fleece jacket on colder days. Fleece comes lightweight, mid-weight, and heavyweight; pick the apt one based on the forecast and your stamina to carry the same.
- Hiking Pants and Shirts
Layering is pretty important for your top as well as the bottom. If your trekking location is expected to face a severe cold, fleece pants are a decent mid-layer option. Yoga pants and tights can be chosen for great flexibility but the same turns out to be a failure in the areas with bushes and sandstones. Zip-off pants are also trending these days amongst hikers. Go for long-sleeves UPF-rated shirts for protection against UV rays. Type of the pants and shirts depend upon your preference but the quick-drying fabric is kind of mandatory for everyone.
- Guidebook, Map and Compass
In most of the trek areas, your phones run out of network, so it’s better to have a downloaded map or a hardcopy of a guidebook. The things may be planned in the best possible way but when it comes to execution, things may differ. The guidebook is a compressed source of information and a big savior in such circumstances. You shall have a map and compass too as you shall know where you are heading to.
- Caps and Hats
Don’t forget to keep a hiking hat in summer days and buff and a beanie cap for colder and windy days. If you’re hiking in the desert or the like sunbaked location, wear a wide-brimmed hat. A wide brim can also turn out to be helpful in case it starts raining while you trek. In your backpack, keep a wool or synthetic cap to insulate your head in cooler areas.
- Hiking Sandals/ Trekking Boots
Get the hiking shoes/sandals of your proper size whether you choose ultra-light trail shoes or mountaineering boots.
- Miscellaneous, yet important items
Socks (thicker or thinner based on the weather), sports sunglasses (to shield your eyes from all directions), camera with its pouch (for capturing all your not-to-miss and not-to-forget moments), rope, items of personal hygiene like toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen lotion, toilet paper, lip balm, moisturizer, insect repellent, soaps (for bathing and washing), duct tape, trekking poles, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, rain poncho (especially in monsoon), and backpacking tent are just to name a few.
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