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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Packing for a Trek

One of the joys of traveling around the world is getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying Mother Nature all around the planet. Guest blogger shares how to pack for the occasion.

For those who are familiar with the joys of trekking they must have experienced that packing the right things is more important than anything else for such a trip. Imagine running short of essentials when you have hoards of non-essentials in your pack to carry around! This can be very frustrating and at times may be life threatening. Here I don’t mean running out of toilet paper but running out of your medications or forgetting your first aid kit!

Here are a few tips if you are planning to go on a trekking trip:

1)  Pack No More Than 1/4th of Your Body Weight:

Remember you will probably be carrying your essential trekking and packingload if you don’t have porters available. So do take your full load but always pack a light backpack which you can conveniently carry for a long day’s walk. As a rule it should not be more than 1/4th of your body weight.

2) You Shouldn’t Bring Everything  You Think You Should.

There are many things without which you can easily survive. The list can be long but this has to be worked out by you only. What is important to know is that when you have to carry it yourself every ounce counts!

3)Spare Batteries Are Essential

Depending on where you are heading you should keep your essentials accordingly. If it is a river trekking trip or a mountain trekking one the essentials will be different. But there will be some which will always be there. Never forget to pack your first aid kit, your sunglasses, and extra pair of socks, spare batteries for your torch and communication system as these can be a life saver in times of need.

4) You Can’t Know It All

What you should do first of all is get advice from someone who has been there before. If he or she is a professional guide then stick 100% to the advice. If your advisor is not a professional then it is advised that you should get maximum details from him or her but then carefully evaluate because there can be some overlooks or differences in perception that can change the entire content of your backpack.

Going out in nature can be very relaxing, joyful and educational and it’s better if you are comfortable and not overloaded.

Owais Siddiqui is an avid trekker and loves sharing his knowledge of places and techniques for great trekking.