Lets put this straight! You are an ardent adventure lover, You’d rather chose to travel to rural areas and spend time in the wilderness than a smooth road trip. That’s good but the most important question you should be asking to yourself first is,
What should your trekking backpack include?
You need some cool set of gears to get going, the surroundings are not going to be anywhere near homely.
Okay, think of five “must haves” when you think of spending some time in a hilltop or a mountain ridge or an uninhabited area. Hold up! just to make sure, that’s what you’ve been thinking of doing at least for a few days right?
If you are still reading this then you should quickly think of those ‘must haves’….
Did the list feature any of these?
- Oxygen Cylinder
- Gas Mask
- Flare Gun
Of course, It didn’t. It might have scared you instead, did it? That’s okay, you don’t need to think of any of those. You are not going on rescue mission anyway. That was just to lighten up the mood!
On a serious note, to make your travel experience cherishable for the rest of your life you just need to have a list of gears you should actually be having in your backpack and that includes
- A pair of good shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Wind Cheater
- Hiking T-Shirts
- Trekking Pants
- Hat, Sunglasses
- Energy Bars
- Quick Drying Towel
- Thermos, Water Bottle, Knives
Well, the gears to carry depends upon the landscape, weather and the altitude of your destination. The above list is the most generic one.
One thing you do not want to compromise your budget on should be your footwear.
Imagine walking through a rough terrain with a shoe that gives you nothing but discomfort.
There is a wide range of footwear designed just for this purpose.
- X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots – Men’s
- Moab 2 Vent Low Hiking Shoes – Men’s
- Keen Men Targhee II Hiking Shoes – Men’s
- Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots – Women’s
- X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots – Women’s
- Sawtooth Low BDry Hiking Shoes – Women’s
2. Base Layers and Jackets
A base layer is the layer of clothing/fabrics closest to your skin and is important to keep away the moisture. The material used in making the base layer should be able to quickly evaporate the moisture off your fabric.
Based on the altitude you will be travelling, the requirement of the jackets may vary. However, a windcheater will always come in handy.
Selection of base layers, on the other hand, is very important and should not be taken lightly. Be it summer or winter, rainy or sunny, appropriate base layers helps the process of ‘wicking’ which helps maintain your body temperature.
Just so you know, water reduces the amount of heat in your body. During cold weather base layers helps keep the water/moisture away by evaporating it quickly off the fabric. This means your body heat is safe with you. That’s why having a good base layer is very important while you trek.
You might want to check out:
- Merino 150 Crew Base Layer Long-Sleeve Top – Men’s
- Merino Midweight Half-Zip Base Layer Top – Men’s
- Midweight Base Layer Bottoms – Men’s
- Merino 250 Midweight Pattern Crew Base Layer Top – Women’s
- Midweight Base Layer Crew Top – Women’s
- Midweight Base Layer Half-Zip Top – Women’s
3. Head Lamps
You might lose daylight before reaching your destination, that’s always a possibility. Having a headlamp is a good idea as your hand might always be occupied with something or the other on an adventure travel.
Going adventure does by no means you lose all your sleep and rest, right? You need to sleep and you might not find an even surface for it. Carrying a lightweight hammock is a good investment.
There are other accessories attached to it if you decide to take a hammock with you, we’ll discuss that later.
Before you leave to make sure you make yourself comfortable setting it up and also make sure you can really fall asleep.
It’s very rare but some people just cannot sleep in a hammock.
- DoubleNest Hammock
- SoloPod Hammock Stand
- Ember 2 Hammock Underquilt
5. Insect Repellent
Wild can sometimes get seriously wild. A tiny pierce on your skin can paralyze you to the worst. Make sure you carry an ointment or maybe a spray to use before you go to sleep.
There is a small misconception about the carabiners.
Most of us believe carabiners are only used while rock climbing or mountain expeditions, but these little shackles are a piece of boons when it comes to adventure travel.
You might want to build yourself a DIY hammock in the wild to spend the night but you cannot DIY a carabiner.
- Positron Screwgate Locking Carabiner – Package of 3
- Mini-D Carabiner
7. Survival Tools
These tools revolve around your ability to cut open edible fruits like coconuts and to make use of whatever you find to make yourself a shelter out in the wild.
Not all survival tools will come to use all the time, so you need to be very wise and smart while choosing what to carry and what not to.
8. First Aid Kit
Rocky terrains, slippery roads, narrow trails are all the features of an adventure trek. You can consider yourself very lucky if you return home unharmed. A small pack of first aid kit is like an insurance to finish your trip.
- Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit
- Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight / Watertight .7 First-Aid Kit
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