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Trek packing hacks- Lighter and Smarter

 

“I like being near the top of a mountain.

One can’t get lost here.”

 Wislawa Szymborska

Does trekking mean merely walking on mountains?

No, it is an experience for a lifetime. To climb, to achieve and to wander without route map. But, is it that easy or can we make it easy? 

Yes, we can. Just a little bit of walking practice and few packing hacks can make this journey a lot more easier. So be ready to pack smartly and enjoy the trip.

What is trekking?

Trekking is a form of walking either on high or low altitude. Treks can be divided into three grades i.e. Easy, Moderate and Difficult according to their level of challenges. In India there are many popular treks especially in the Himalayan region and a large population is attracted to adopt it either as sports or a Hobby.

Trekking is undoubtedly a mix of adventures and thrill with lots of conversations and beautiful landscapes. Going for a trek is one thing you can not miss. However, people have a general notion that it requires some eve of fitness or experience. The most important question comes up for them is how to prepare for a trek.

Let’s find out what are the necessary things you need for the trek and their features to look for. This will help you to make your trek more exciting and memorable.

Backpack

Your bag is going to be your partner for the whole trek, so choose it wisely. There is no need to buy a huge bag with frames and lumber through the forest with body aches. You can either go for daypack or backpack depending on the duration of your trek. Keep the following points in mind before buying.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

 

* Light Weight bags will maker your journey lighter
* Good Quality bags will never let you down
* Waterproof
* Contoured and padded backs
* Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
* Padded hip belts
* Durability

Inflatable Sleeping Pad and Sleeping Bag

No matter where you plan your trip for, camping sleeping bag is another partner to support you. Sleeping pads are important for you to rest properly. Since you will not find other comforts, but you can at least get a good sleep. There are a number of options in lightweight available which makes it easy to carry. A number of lightweight options also do a nice job pulling double duty for easy backpacking trips. There are points to keep in mind before selecting your sleeping bags to make your travel easy.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

* Always go the for the complete fit
* Check the temperature ratings
* Rectangular bags are the best option
* Type of insulation or filling
*Lightweight
* Strong Zips

Shoes


Your shoes play a huge role during trekking. It is very important to choose the right size, right type and right material for the trek. You must carry the shoes according to the weather (Cold, hot, or snowy) and type of trek you are going on (Hiking, trekking, expedition). Avoid taking boots as it will take a big space in your bag. Always select the right type of shoes. Keep it one size larger as you may have to wear warm and thick socks. One rule: Wear, don’t pack them.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

* Select the right type of shoes

Warm and dry terrain: low-ankle hiking shoes.

Cold and rugged conditions: trek boots.

Snow or glacier trek: trek boots with crampon-ready features

*Trekking boots should be made of industry-accredited material.

*Waterproof and breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex or Nova dry.

* Patented anti-slip soles will add to the reliability of the boots.

*Always try the shoes for the right fit. Ideally, buy one size larger boots so that it fits with your layers of socks or woolen socks.

Gloves

It depends on the type of trek and mandatory while trekking on snow or in the winter season. It offers invaluable warmth and protection when the temperature drops. Right fit and right material of gloves will help you enjoy the weather without any harm.

 

Socks

Socks are a bit tricky, especially if you are going for cold weather. You have to keep your toes warm but warm socks use much of space. So, instead of keeping 2 or 3 pairs of warm socks keep 4 to 5 thin and warm socks and wear them in layers. Even if the weather is wet or cold, it is easy to dry them.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

*Make sure your socks fits your well.

*Choose the right height of sock to protects against abrasion with your footwear.

*For warmth and comfort check for an amount of cushioning.

*Fabric: Choose Merino wool fabric socks

Jacket

While on trek especially to high altitudes, where temperature changes frequently, jackets play an important role. Whether it is snowing, windy or chilled you have to keep yourself warm. Other than that it can be used in many other ways. You can make it a pillow, tie on your head and keep the sun away and keep your luggage light. If you can increase your budget get one, which also works like a raincoat.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

*The most important thing to consider is to choose the jacket according to your intensity of trek i.e. Easy, moderate or difficult trek.

* Always go for comfort

*Waterproof jacket

*Choose the material as per your trek requirement

*Downline jackets for freezing temperature

* Go for Lightweight

Trekking pants

A great pair of hiking pants will offer comfort, freedom of movement and the versatility to perform. It will help you ease of hiking, jumping or climbing in a range of environments. Most of the trek pants you will find is made up of nylon.

TIPS FOR SELECTION

*Keep it light, stretchable, waterproof and of a good element

* Again go for comfort.

*It should protect you from windy weather and well ventilated.

 

Other Accessories

 

Warm hat, sunglasses, Handkerchief, scarf, base layer shirts or t-shirts and gloves.

Kit

Prepare one for yourself. Don’t forget to keep large bottles of moisturizer and sunscreen as you will need them the most. Water Bottle, torch, needle, and thread, wipes, earplugs, Swiss knife, warmer, book, dry fruits, and chocolates.

Last but not least, a CAMERA and A Small Diary or PEN…

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