We all like going hiking but what to carry has always been a dilemma with most of us. Always overpacking since we feel a lot of unwanted things are needed while packing is what ails us. These ultimately don’t really come very handy other than us having to carry extra weight along the hike.
1. 20L Backpack
This is honestly the most ideal backpack size for a day hike. It’s not too big and not too small; it’s just perfect for what the trek needs. If you have a rain cover for the backpack that will be like the cherry on the cake for your hike. The rain cover will protect the stuff inside your bag from getting wet.
2. 1L Water Bottle
Carrying a water bottle is a must on every hike and a one litre bottle is ideal for any trek. Anything more than a litre is actually a lot of weight to carry along the way. It will become a burden as the hike becomes steeper and longer. Hence stick to just a basic one litre water bottle. You can always refill it along the hike.
3. Extra T-shirt
Now if you stick to just this then it’s a game changer. If you don’t, you’ll be haunted by the fact that this article told you not to carry anything more and you have.the simple fact is that the more soiled clothes you add to your backpack the heavier the bag will become. Remember wet clothes do weigh a lot more as compared to well dried fresh clothes.
4. 5 x Garbage Bags
This is something I always recommend people carry regardless of the weather but it’s an absolute must when it’s raining. It just serves as a perfect tool to dispose of anything and everything. You’ll definitely find it a lot more convenient to pack your clothes and other important things in your backpack in smaller such garbage bags.
5. Toilet Roll
Another life saver which is arguably the most underrated travel companion. I personally never go on any trip without having one in my backpack. It’s a default inclusion. From answering nature’s call to cleaning your fingers after a meal this is an absolute must have to save you the trouble of having to roam around looking for something to clean yourself with.
PS: Remember to keep the toilet roll dry while on a monsoon trek, having your toilet roll soaked by the rain water is the last thing you want on a trip.
6. First aid kit
Always always carry a basic first aid kit. Bandage, pain relief spray, medicines for a headache, stomach pain are a must have in your kit. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Since you never know when calamities will strike.
7. Hiking Shoes
Wearing the correct shoes is an absolute must. Going on a trek is not a joke and especially in the rains when the terrain is slippery, with moss cover. Hiking shoes help with their grip and ankle cut shoes work best to protect you while walking over rocks which are not really very stable. Avoid wearing worn out shoes during a hike.
8. Power Bank
It’s always a handy tool to carry considering we all love to take pictures and videos from our smartphones. A power bank comes handy when you are out of charge. It will definitely be a life saver for rookies on their first hike who want to get in touch with their family members towards the fag end of the day. It helps keep the phone charged which ultimately results in a network which then keeps you connected with the ones who are at home at peace.
The best food along a hike is fruits. It gives you enough energy to continue the journey and the leftovers don’t end up spoiling the environment. Always opt for fruits as your packed meal while on a trek anywhere.
10. ID Proof
Yup carrying your ID card is a default thing. Never go anywhere without having that in your wallet or backpack.
11. Emergency Money
When you leave for a hike/trek make sure you carry extra money saved separately just in case of an emergency. Avoid spending this money and get it back home if no emergency arises. It’s only to be used in case of a real emergency along the trek.
The most important tool for the hike is a raincoat. Even though it won’t really help keep you dry, it will definitely help prevent you falling sick while on the hike. Make sure you have a good one which will cover most of your body if not all of it.
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