THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING ON A TREK
A successful trekking trip takes quite a planning. Before you go on one make sure you are prepared for it or else it could turn out to be a very bad experience. A lot of beginners don’t do the planning and face many problems later which lower their moral for future trips. So, to prepare you for your next trekking trip, I am sharing with you a few tips which you must keep in mind before hitting the trail so that you can enjoy your trek to the fullest.
TIPS BEFORE YOU START THE TREK
1. For beginners, it is recommended to never hike alone. You need to have a partner in case you have an accident.
2. Know how to get to your destination, with which I mean buying a map and carrying a compass. You can also ask locals for guidance when you reach the starting point.
3. Along the way, you may need to refill your water supply. Know where to find water, and have that marked on your map. (always consume water in small quantity)
4. Always look at the weather forecast ahead of time and wear layers that you can remove as you’re hiking.
TIPS FOR SAFETY ON A TREK OR HIKE
1. Your safety on the trail is your own responsibility. Stay on the trail and don’t take shortcuts on switchbacks.
2. Know your capabilities. It’s best to be conservative on your first Trek. Altitude, climbing and heat can make hikes that much more difficult.
3. Keep your medical conditions in mind when you’re planning a hike. Knee and back problems, heart conditions, diabetes, asthma and other medical conditions can be amplified with exertion and severe weather. This is one of the most important things to know before going on a trek.
4. Consider hiking poles to take the stress off your knees and thighs.
TIPS ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT'S TO CARRY WHILE TREKKING or HIKING
1. Keep your backpack as light as possible. Water and food should be the heaviest items you pack. Lesser the weight easier will you climb.
2. Invest in a good quality backpack that fits your style and body type.
3. Hiking boots are always preferred to gym shoes but wear them in first so you don’t get blisters.
4. Always carry match box, lighters or portable stove(recommended during long treks).
5.Cary light weight sleeping bag with good temperature rating(minimum 0 degrees).
6. Sun glasses, cap, sunscreen, bug spray and a basic first aid kit are always good to carry with you.
EXTRA TIPS FOR BEGGINERS WHILE TREKKING
1. Assume it will take twice as long to trek uphill as down.
2. Give trekkers going uphill the right of way.
3. Plan to camp or end your trek before sundown. If you do end up trekking in the dark, bring a flashlight with extra batteries or a headlamp.