When it comes to hiking and camping the journey becomes far more enriching than the destination. For such an archetypal outdoor activity, knowing what to pack is of utmost importance. This depends on where you are hiking to, what the weather conditions are like, and how long is it going to take you to complete your journey.
Considering all these factors, we have compiled for you a checklist of the top essentials that you need to pack before you begin your soulful journey.
Choose the right backpacking gear
A backpack is your primary gear and forms the most important part of the journey. It helps you to organise your items well, which you can then access easily while travelling. Our Vulcan 45 Weekender or Tropic 45 Weekender with 45 L volume that has an organizer and padded shoulder straps with back panel, a boon for your back, is ideal for such trips.
Staying hydrated is the key
Staying hydrated is the golden rule of hiking. Always carry a robust water bottle that doesn’t leak or gets damaged in case of a fall. Having said that, you must also consider the fact that while hiking you are constantly losing energy. And that’s why meals at proper intervals become a crucial part of your travel. You can always munch on nuts and energy bars and keep your energy levels high.
Dress for a comfortable adventure
You will be able to enjoy your journey much better if you dress comfortably and hence pack clothing accordingly. Pairs of quick dry cargo pants are ideal in such scenarios and go a long way in making your hike a memorable one.
Always be prepared
There are certain things that are predictable and certain things that are unpredictable. For the unpredictable ones, the only thing you can do is to prepare well. Carrying a first aid kit with basic medical supplies, such as band aids, antiseptic lotions, pain killers, or hand sanitizers, is extremely important. You never know when you may need it.
Carry electronic items that make life easier
Since you are not going to find an electric outlet to charge your phones or cameras, it makes sense to carry a power bank to recharge such essential items. Other items to carry include headlamps with extra batteries, a GPS device, and an altimeter watch. Or alternatively, for the last two items, you can use apps on your phones designed for the same purpose.
See it better with sunglasses
Trust us, sore eyes or snow blindness isn’t going to help your cause and you will lose the thrill of your adventure as soon as you begin. Take proper precautions to protect your eyes from the sun rays by always carrying sunglasses.
Get the best hygiene you can
Always a good idea to keep yourself clean and fresh all day long. Not only it will keep your spirits high, but also help you take care of yourself in a hygienic way.
Carry a multipurpose tool set
A Swiss knife is the best thing you can carry in the tools category. You would be surprised to find its utility in varied purposes as you continue your journey. There is nothing better than carrying such a handy toolset that can fit in your back pocket.
Protect your skin
The Sun God demands respect and it comes in the form of you acknowledging that carelessness can be costly. Always carry sunscreen and SPF lip balm to protect yourself from the unforgiving sunlight because sunburns and cracked lips might just ruin your trip.
Never forget kitchen essentials
Depending on how long you are travelling and the location of your travel, you will have to carry kitchen essentials like a stove with fuel, cookware, and utensils. After all, you have to eat right? It is difficult to have a great experience without well-cooked meals in the equation so carefully plan this aspect of your journey.
Carry a tent and a sleeping bag
We’ve taken appropriate measures to ensure that your travel during the day is safe and hassle-free. But once you camp and rest for the day, it is equally important to prepare yourself for the night. Your tent provides protection from outside elements and your sleeping bag provides the necessary comfort as you prepare to recharge for the next day. Because the last thing you want is to get up tired and continue your journey.
Here’s a quick recap of all the essentials so that you don’t miss out on any of these valuable items:
Things to Carry While Hiking and Camping
- Backpacking Gear
- Water Bottle
- Appropriate Clothing
- First-Aid Kit
- Sunscreen and Sunglasses
- Hand Sanitizer
- Power Banks and Cables
- Torch Light
- Snacks Items
- Kitchen Essentials like Knife, Plate and Bowl
- Tent and a Sleeping Bag