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What to PACK in Your Hiking Backpack

Hiking Backpack

   “A-List Of Things You Must Include To Be Safe.”

Most misfortunes that happen on routes through the mountains result from a lack of caution and material to solve a problem. One can avoid scars, falls, or slips if they have the basic protections and safety measures.

Today, we will see what to include in our backpacks as hikers whenever we go out on the hilly tracks.  Before starting, bear in mind that all the elements depend on the hike’s difficulties and the season.

Let’s start with:

Basic Items

  • A few meters of multi-use rope: Preferably made of nylon, very useful in case a bootlace, belt, or backpack strap breaks.
  • Compass
  • Best hiking pole for travel.
  • Map with the indicated trails in the area.
  • Knife
  • Whistle to signal a dangerous situation, its presence, or a direction.
  • Plasters
  • Disinfectant
  • Flashlight with new batteries or replacement batteries.
  • Tissues (more practical than a roll of toilet paper).
  • Plastic bags for garbage and to protect delicate objects from water such as mobile, camera, etc. They can also be used as compartment modes to recognize where the clothes of each kind are.
  • Repellent if there is a risk of bites.Tip: soap is an excellent repellent. Using it will save you from carrying an extra item!
  • Lip Balm: the weather is usually very dry
  • Eye and ear Plugs: Ideal for light sleepers.
  • Pills against soroche – altitude sickness – (only if you have tried them before because there is a risk of side effects). Crushing coca leaves is safer, and there are also coca candies that you can buy in any sweet shop.
  • Camera if you wish.
  • Cash: avoid big bills. People probably could not give you change.
  • Passport 
  • Itinerary and transport schedules (if they exist …)
  • Your medications.

Essential Items

Water

We recommend that you take at least two liters of water with you, and it would be perfect if you took three. Especially in summer, drinking water while you are walking is essential to stay hydrated at all times. Besides, in case of suffering an incident that forces you to stay in the mountains for a few hours, it is better to prevent yourself by bringing enough water to drink.

Hiking Pole For Seniors

If there are some aged persons in your travel group, make sure you have the best hiking pole for seniors. These poles are very practical gadgets that make hiking very comfortable. And these are not only meant for seniors. Anyone can use them for hiking with ease. 

Food

Accompany the water with bananas, apples, walnuts, or even a sandwich to have something to eat in case you get hungry.  However, the selection and the quantity will depend on each one. The following general tips may be useful:

  • Pasta is ideal as a food base during camping. But prefer extra thin spaghetti. With height, pasta takes much longer to cook, and using extra-thin spaghetti reduces this cooking time. 
  • Cover the pot (like with a plate) when you heat the water. It will reach boiling temperature faster.
  • Avoid cooking rice in height. It does not come out well.
  • Calculate precisely what food you have. Walking hungry is unpleasant and even dangerous, and leftover food is unnecessary weight.
  • Nuts and chocolates are ideal for their nutritional value and low weight.

Trekking Material to Sleep

Tent:  Check well before leaving that there are no holes. If you rent the equipment, check that all the pieces are (pikes, armor, etc.)

Trekking Mattress:  Not only for your comfort but also to insulate you from the cold of the ground. 

Sleeping Bag: Go for the one with a hood. Make your choice as per the weather.

Lastly, Things To Maintain Hygiene:

  • Small soap.
  • Toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Mountain clothing
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or more.

That’s it; you are all set to trek!! 

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