Hiking Essentials Gear: 8 Things You Must Carry on a Trek
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“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods”
Most of those who have a little bit of experience of nature walks & monsoons treks will agree to the saying above. Such is the charm of the alluring nature especially during the monsoons!
In-fact, avid trekkers would rather be hiking in the rain than sitting inside at a desk on a sunny day! And for the frequent trekkers, their hiking essentials gear is always ready in a backpack. But for those who are venturing out for the first time, it may prove difficult to judge the important things to carry on the trek. While you do not want to stuff your backpack with unnecessary items, it is also equally important to not miss out on some crucial hiking essentials gear.
So, here’s a trekking checklist of must-have things for every trekker:
1. Drinking Water & food:
It is advisable to carry at-least 1 liter of water to drink. Although villages provide clean water from wells to drink, it is not advisable to drink unfiltered water during monsoons. Also, carry along healthy snacks like energy bars or snacks which keep you going.
Trekkers must always use shoes which cover the complete feet & provide a good grip while walking. Avoid using sandals or slippers as these are easily breakable on the rocky mountain surfaces. They also prove dangerous & slippery. Also, carry enough extra pairs of socks.
Always carry your essentials in a backpack & not a purse or a tote bag/jhola. Backpacks are designed for rustic use & top the hiking essentials gear. Backpacks allow both your hands to remain free when climbing up or down steep terrains, thus avoiding any falls.
4. Raincoats & water proofing:
Raincoats are a must have (not umbrellas) while going on a trek. If possible carry along a poncho instead of a double piece raincoat as ponchos allow extra room to cover your backpack too. Make sure to carry along extra plastic ziplock bags or sealable bags to keep your electronics & food items moisture free. Also carry a big plastic bag to dump in the wet clothes, socks etc.
Always wear comfortable clothing while trekking. Non-cotton quick dry track pants or three-fourth shorts with a long sleeve tee-shirt are the best attires. Do not forget to carry an extra tee-shirt, pair of socks & a light jacket to keep you warm & dry.
6. Mosquito repellent cream:
Mosquitoes are a nuisance during the rains & always carry repellent cream to keep them away from you. Mosquito repellents are also kept leeches away. Do not forget to check your feet for laceration every once in a while or to remove leeches which may have entered your shoes from the grasses.
7. Torch / Matchsticks and Knife:
Carry along a torch or matchsticks even if you do not plan on staying overnight. Rains might lead to unprecedented delays & you could be caught in the wilderness after dark. Having a knife handy may help too.
8. First aid kit:
These are one of the most important things to carry on trek. Always carry a set of band-aids, antibacterial cream, some common tablets & dressing in your first aid kit to treat minor injuries along the way.
Every year the number of tourists & adventurers who throng the picnic hot-spots near cities is increasing. While, it is good that people are feeling more drawn to the nature, unfortunately there is also a steep increase in the number of mishaps or accidents on these weekend getaways.
The reason could be lack of awareness of the important things to carry on a trek or the force of nature or simple getting too excited & not ensuring safety first. In all likeliness, the tourists are more engrossed in taking a selfie beside the cliff or valley than noticing the slippery moss beneath their feet.
We all need to become responsible & take care of ourselves as well as nature. We must ensure that we do not endanger the safety of ourselves & the others to get a bit more adventurous. Keep this trekking checklist handy for your next trek. At the same time, it is important to conserve the nature & leave it spotlessly clean while returning back.
Always remember – “Take only memories, leave only footprints!”
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