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Packing for Trekking
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 nonessentials 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:
Pack Light: Remember you will probably be carrying your essential load 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.
Drop Nonessentials: 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!
· Bare Necessities: 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.
· Seek Advice: 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 the nature can be very relaxing, joyful and educative as long as you are comfortable and not overloaded.