If you’re a new convert to the idea of taking a trekking holiday and are completely in the dark over the essential kit you will need to bring with you, it is forgivable if you have a slight panic. With seemingly everything sold in your local outdoor specialists labelled “essential”, you would need a squad of Sherpas to get everything around. This list of absolute essentials can help you to sort out the absolute essentials from the clever marketing talk.
- A Well-Worn Pair of Boots
If you are going to be doing some serious trekking, the last thing you need is to be nursing a blister or three because you’re breaking in a brand new pair of boots. Ensure your boots fit well and are broken in and above all waterproof before you set off for your trip, and your feet should be well served by them throughout.
- Spare Laces for Your Boots
When on you are <a href=”http://www.mountainkingdoms.com“>trekking and walking holidays</a> in remote locations, a broken lace can spell disaster unless you have a spare set or two located somewhere in your kit bag. Given that laces weigh almost nothing, and can be secreted just about anywhere, these really are something that should be in every trekker’s rucksack. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about, especially if you’re halfway through a four-hour descent when your lace snaps.
- Effervescent Vitamin C Tablets
The many soluble vitamin C tablets available these days are a great way to keep your levels of vitamin C boosted on a long trip when fresh fruit may not be in plentiful supply. If you are adding these to your water bottle, ensure that they have dissolved completely before sealing the bottle, as the last thing you want is for your bottle to explode when it opens.
- Arab-Style Headscarf
A large headscarf can serve a number of purposes when trekking, from keeping the sun’s rays off your head to providing somewhere to sit or giving you something to swat the flies with.
A lightweight set of waterproofs can help keep you dry and comfortable in all conditions, as well as keeping the wind off at altitude to help you stay warm.
- Trekking Poles
A set of trekking poles can alleviate the strain on your knees when walking. They can also be used for extra stability when you are descending and to test the depth of puddles and other obstacles you may experience.