Packing like a pro while traveling is an art and the one who has mastered this craft is the most carefree wanderlust in the world.
It’s been a very long time since I have started travelling but often after the completion of the trip or while on the course of travelling or trekking I would feel that; oh fudge if only I could have brought this thing with me or if only I could have packed better. I am missing this, I missing that, over packing, under packing, misplacing things, not bringing essentials, and what not. We have all been through this. So now I have decided to end this dilemma once and for all.
Following would be a comprehensive, well organized list which will help us in achieving the ultimate Zen mode while travelling. And by travelling, please don’t confuse it with freaking catching a flight to go someplace, by travelling I mean going to the mountains and trekking deep through the valleys of the same.
So I am going to divide our whole packing list into four categories:
Backpack and Bags:
Backpack: Well this is the most important thing to start with; the perfect backpack depends upon the no. of days you will be travelling for. You want a backpack that is big enough to hold just a bit more than the stuff you are bringing and not more than that. If a backpack fits everything you want, has a bit of extra room, and feels comfortable, then you have found the perfect backpack size.
Size of the Rucksack: Generally a rucksack which has a holding capacity of between 40 to 60
- Water-resistant material: While your pack does not need to be 100% waterproof (that is unless you are going on some long multi-day hike), make sure your bag is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get wet in a drizzle.
- Lockable zippers (optional): Make sure each compartment has two zippers so you can lock them together.
- Multiple compartments: A good bag must have multiple compartments. This way, you can break up your belongings into smaller sections so it’s easier to access and find the stuff you need.
- Internal frame: The majority of backpacks today are internal-frame packs, meaning the support rods and frame is built into the backpack and hidden from view. This is one of the most important factors you should look for while buying a rucksack, I would suggest to never buying a rucksack without a sturdy support frame.
- Padded hip belt: Most of the weight you will be carrying around will be pushing down on your hips, so you’ll want a padded belt to make supporting the weight more comfortable.
- Padded shoulder straps: These make carrying your load more comfortable, as the weight of your pack will also be pushing
on your shoulders. downward
- Contoured/padded back: A lumbar-shaped pack makes carrying it more comfortable, as it helps distributes weight more evenly
- Front loading (optional): A front-loading backpack is one that allows you to zip open the face from the side and access all your stuff.
it´s indispensable for shorter hikes or strolls. Quality here doesn’t matter as much, it should be just light and compressible. I use a simple daypack from Decathlon, it does the job. But keep this in mind a daypack helps you to carry essentials when you are going out on hike or day trek so that you can leave your main big rucksack behind and carry on with an ease of mind.
Trekking boots: Together with a backpack, the most important part of your equipment is a sturdy pair of trekking boots. Shoes may be the most important thing you bring with you so if you invest in one thing in advance, buy a solid comfortable pair of hiking shoes. And break them in. Your shoes can literally make or break a trip.
If you have a particular trek or hike in mind, ask in advance whether you need mid- or high-cut hiking shoes for ankle support as this may influence your purchasing decision. We don’t find ourselves often needing high-cut boots. However, if your ankles are weak or susceptible to turns and sprains, more support is better than less.
Hiking sandals: Hiking sandals are really useful in the evening so your feet can get rest from the heavy boots. i also use them when fording rivers – it´s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot.
Hiking Jacket: 1 Pair, choose a light, wind resistant good quality hiking jacket.
Hiking pants: 1 Pair, Hiking pants are nowadays made mostly from some kind of a nylon blend – light and quick-drying. This is a piece of clothing where you can save some money if you are on a low budget as unlike boots and backpack, quality is not so critical.
Down Jacket: 1 Pair Down jacket generally depends upon the average temperature of the place that you will be travelling to. So pack a down jacket which will retain your body temperature and will keep you warm.
T Shirts: 3 Pairs, Use them as base layers, so that you can change them often and if your trek permits maybe you can wash the dirtiest ones while taking a bath and dry them in the sun. But generally it is not needed to wash them you keep changing them.
Long sleeve shirt: It’s important to have also one long-sleeve shirt, which can be used as a base layer on colder days.
Thermals: 1 Upper and 1 Lower: people often pack more that 1 pair of thermals, which is absolutely not necessary, always keep in mid they are inners so they won’t get dirty very easily.
Beanie cap: For colder and windy days, carry one light beanie. Sometimes, when it’s really cold, I put it on even during the night.
Hiking hat: Apart from the cap, a hiking hat to protect you during sunny days. The brand or quality doesn’t really matter that much as long as it fits, covers the head well and you like what you see in the mirror :).
Rain poncho: During longer rains, even waterproof jacket starts leaking, especially in the shoulders area which is under much higher pressure from backpack straps. Therefore, carry a rain poncho and put it on when some serious rain starts – it’s great also when you have nowhere to hide and want to wait till the rain ends.
Socks: 3 Pairs
Underwear: 4 Pairs
Pro Tip: while packing your rucksack, roll your clothes in a cylindrical shape rather that folding them this will save space and it’s easier to retrieve things as well.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste,
- Small towel – usually lose it during the trek
- Sunscreen lotion – the higher UV factor, the better. But take only a small tube, not the whole bottle 🙂
- Lip balm: Chappy lips are not very graceful
- Mosquito repellent cream: I generally use O
domos, it does the job
- Pack of tissues
- Thoroughly clip your toenails before any trip.
- First aid kit: Build a first aid kit according to your medical needs some of the essentials to keep in mind are medicines
for:Skin wounds, Blisters, Diarrhea ,Cold, flu Various pain (head, teeth) – painkillers.
Hope this comprehensive list makes your trek life easier, Happy travelling 🙂