Things To Carry For successful Trekking is the second utmost question that arise in the mind of trekkers. Trekking is not passing your holidays in a hill station. If you choose a set pattern route, you will get some modern facility. But if you choose an uncommon route, you may not get any facility that you are used to. You may have to spend your night beside a river or a hill fountain, on a pass or on a Bugyal (Bugyals are alpine pasture lands, or meadows, in higher elevation range ), in a tent under the open sky. So you have to be prepare for all types of situation. Hope you are physically fit and planned everything for a trekking. Here is a general list of things to Carry For successful trekking.
Carry things according to the route
You must choose all your thing according to your trekking route. In a set pattern route for 2-3 days duration, you will get hotel to stay and food also. So you need not carry a large number of things which is required for a high altitude trek or tough route for 7-8 days duration. Altitude is a big factor for things to carry for trekking. In high altitude trek you have to prepare for snow fall. So you have to carry things like Ice axe, or snow boot . Things to carry for trekking depends on the timings or season also. If you choose to go in a rainy season , you must carry Rain wear whatever the altitude of you route is.
General Things To Carry For Trekking
Below is a list of general things which is almost necessary for any kinds of trek.
- Photo Identity Card (Original and Photocopies)
- Trekking Boot( Must be one size larger than original size of your foot)
- Socks(2-3 pairs at least)
- Quick drys tee shirts and Track pants
- Thermal Wear(Woolly Cot)-1 pair
- Sleeping bag
- Pull over, fleece jacket
- One Down feather jacket or hollow fill jacket
- Wind cheater
- Sleeping mat
- Personal toiletries
- Small mirror, comb
- Rain wear or Umbrella
- Woolen gloves
- Water bottle
- Water purifier tablets
- Camera (If you really love mountain photography)
- Headlamp/torch (with spare batteries)
- Maps (Not necessary for known route)
- Pocket Compass (Not necessary for known route)
- Solar Charger for mobile
- Diary/pen/reading material
- Thread and needle
- Knife (Preferably Swiss Army knife)
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip protection cream
- Extra spectacles if you are used to wear
- Sunglasses with UV Filter
- Snow goggles( required specially for high altitude trek)
- Glucose, Chocolate bars and Dry food for emergency even for set pattern route.
*Full rations if hotels are not available.
- Some multi-purpose utensils
- Parachute cord
- Ski-stick/ice-axe (for high-altitude treks)
- Rope (for high-altitude treks)
- Plastic bags for wet clothes
- Tent (Can avoid if go for set Pattern route)
First aid box for trekking
When you’re going for a trekking, one of the first things you should triple-check is that you are carrying a first aid kit. Here is a list of Essential Items that you must have in your trekking first aid box.
- Assorted bandages
- Gauze pads in various sizes
- Medical tape
- Band aid
- Insect sting treatment
- Non-stick pads
- Cottons swabs
- Small scissors
- Safety pins
Suggested medicines for trekking
- Crocin (for feaver)
- Combiflam (Pain killer)
- Disprin (for headache)
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Volini/Moov spray
- Norflox TZ (for gastrointestinal problem like Diarrhea)
- Digene or Gelusil (for acidity)
- Unienzyme (for indigestion)
- Decolic (for abdominal pain)
- Antihistamine tablet (for allergic reactions)
- Vomistop (to stop vomiting )
- Diamox (for breathing problem)
- ORS (for prevention of dehydration)
- Other medication that you intake regularly
Please Note: It is better to use full sleeve shirt or full pant rather than half sleeve or half pants. Because during trekking you may have to go through a forest or bushes. Use red or yellow colored ruck sack or windcheater. This will help your team mates to track you from afar.
Selection of the right essential equipments and right use of it is very important for trekking. Bad quality equipments may call the danger. So don’t compromise with quality.
*Read “How to pack your bag for a trek” for a better packing of your trekking essentials.