We all have some questions that we need to ask before we
go on a trek. Especially if this is your first time exploring the fascinating
mountains on foot, here is a complete list of essentials to prepare you for the
basics that might come in handy up near the clouds. Make sure to check these
off your list before you go “knocking on heaven’s door”.
Small backpack: You need to carry all your essentials up and down the road. Make sure that you choose a bag that is big enough to fit everything you need but isn't so big that it weighs you down. You could use laptop bags but they might take a toll on your back. It is suggested that you use a backpack that is meant for trekking.
Dry Sack: Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. You never know when it might rain or snow. It is advisable that you carry a dry sack at all times: especially if you have equipments that must be kept dry.
Camera bag: If you plan to photograph every step of your journey, and are planning to carry a camera, carry a separate small camera bag to ensure its safety and for easy access. .
Shoes: Shoes are probably the most important part of any trek. Choose comfortable shoes that have proper spikes. Investing in good trek shoes is important since your shoes can literally make or break your trek. Break them in well before your trek. Also, remember to carry a pair of flip flops just in case your feet need a break after a long day and you might need to go to the nearest outhouse or bush.
Headlamp: Lights the way and keeps your hands free. If you're staying with families in guest houses or home stays, you may find they are without electricity at night or in the bathroom/outhouse, a most unfortunate place to trip in the dark. If you're camping, headlamps are of course absolutely essential.
Travel Towel: It's good to keep a towel handy even though you might lack running water services . However, freshening up before or after a trek might add to your energy level.
Sleeping Bag: It is important that you have a good night's rest before you start your journey. Carry a sleeping bag to ensure that you get proper sleep protected from the cold.
Reusable Water Bottle: Carry a reusable water bottle for refills. There might be bottled water for sale along the way. However, just in case you don't find any bottled water or other sources, you can always refill from the locals or from natural springs.
Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses: Carry sunscreen with high SPF because the sun is stronger at higher altitudes. The ultraviolet rays are more likely to affect you directly in the mountains. To avoid getting serious sunburns, carry high SPF and use it regularly.
Medicines: You might be miles away from proper medical facilities so make sure you carry a pack of your prescribed medication (if any). Also carry medicines that can be used in any case of emergency and an antiseptic kit.