Hiking Essentials What not to forget

  • Apr 3, 2020
  • Hemanta Maharjan

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Heading to the top of the tallest hill? Or exploring that path your friend recommended? It’s always fun to be with nature no matter where you want to explore. Depending on the level of adventure, the needs during a hike are varied. We list some of the things you should carry to ease your journey on regular days or even when things go out of normal.

Not to forget essentials things on hike

A Guide:

The classic way of hiking with a map and compass pair is still the favorite. Smart phones these days have miraculous apps that can show your position and help you navigate easily. However, think about network coverage, charging problems and phone malfunctions. Even if you are taking your usual way, keep one in hand as the old route may have been blocked or you might want to explore a little extra.

Food and water:

1 l = 1 kg. This often becomes an excuse to carry less water, the mistake most hikers make. Climbing up and down trails makes you perspire well, and proper hydration cannot be forsaken in these conditions. Carry a bottle large enough to keep you turgid. Camel bags are also a good option. If you want to use water sources on the way, make sure to use water purifiers and filters.

How much food do you need to carry? This again is quite ambiguous a question. If you intend to eat local, all you need to carry is some energy bars for emergency situations. The taste of local food and interaction with people always feels good. However, on wild and abandoned trails, carry plenty of food to keep you going.

If you plan to eat after getting hungry or drink only when thirsty, it might be too late for your body to recover. Carry a polythene bag to keep the wastes and dispose later.

 First aid and sun protection:

Besides the cap and hat that blocks the sun, a sunscreen is also essential to protect your skin from unwanted tanning and burning. Carry a basic first aid kit with bandages, ointments and medicines. These have served as lifesavers for many hikers and very handy in times of desperation. Also, tissue papers and soap will keep you clean during the hike.

Rain gear for emergency situations:

A raincoat or an umbrella is very handy if you are traveling in the monsoon. Extra dry clothes and socks are worth tossing in. Sometimes a sizeable sheet of light plastic or tarpaulin that works as a temporary shelter during the rain helps to enjoy the hike more. These can also be used to spread on the ground for rest.

Headlamp and matchbox/lighter

A headlamp would be very handy if you come across a cave and want to explore it or if it gets dark before you get back. Carry a matchbox or lighter. Chances are that it becomes essential to light a fire to keep warm or cook, or in worst cases, to survive in the night if you get lost.

Multi tool and knife:

A good multi-tool or a knife works wonders in times of emergency. In normal situations, you might just chop fruits for your meal with the knife.

Identification and whistle:

Yes, you can shout out if you need help. But a whistle is really handy in situations of emergency. Also, carry an identification card that will help people know who you are and inform your family if needed. These are rarely used, but nevertheless are very essential.