In preparing the right gear for an upcoming trek, there are so many factors to consider. Preferably, you would think about bringing toiletries, small containers, gas light, etc. However, a lot of trekkers tend to forget the most vital items one they already venture outdoors.
In any outdoor nature trek, it is necessary not to leave behind the following gear, for these are very essential.
1. BRIGHT, PORTABLE TORCH
When trekking during nighttime, small flashlights might not serve their purpose quite well. Rather, use a bigger torch that is still portable but bright enough to illuminate distances.
2. POWERBANKS OR ELECTRICITY EMITTERS
More often than not nowadays, trekkers rely on their electronic gadgets for a lot of purposes such as checking maps, determining directions or altitudes, and even contacting their loved ones. In some areas where a network signal is insufficient to do the majority of those tasks, it may be best to turn them off and fulfill the trekking experience by yourself. However, it is still undeniable that electronic gadgets are definitely handy in every trek.
The biggest limitation for these gadgets is that they can only be used for a few hours between charges. While it’s good to be on full charge right before a trek, and conserve such batteries, it is better to bring powerbanks or electricity emitters with you. These portable items may either run through batteries or solar panels, and help reboost the usage capacity of your electronic gadgets with just a small, wired connection between them. They also have other mini-purposes built within them. Of course, these gear must be charged on full also first.
3. CUTTING TOOLS
Small cutting tools such as scissors and knifes are deemed essential as they serve their purpose in more ways than one. You can utilise them to cut through firm objects, pitch tents, or while cooking your dinner for the trek. Cutting tools that come in compact and many-in-one are typical for any trekking activity. However, the quality of these tools should not be compromised. Never look for a low-budget one and the right purchase should be best suited for a long trek.
There may be some instances where small cutting tools cannot be used in daunting tasks, so it’s better to prepare for such and bring a larger one – a hatchet. A hatchet can be used to easily cut through tall grass, and may be utilised for chopping small wood as your source of fire. They are usually lightweight so bringing and swinging them for use should not be as hard as they seem.
Make sure that the hatchet to be purchased is essential for trekking.
5. SLEEPING EQUIPEMNET
A trek is never complete without a tent. In picking this, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the natural elements that may come and hamper your trek. The inside capacity of the tent should be also scrutinised. For solo or duo, a tent with less than 25 square feet is enough. For larger groups, a larger capacity is much more required for comfortability.
In deciding what trekking equipment to be brought, you should envision yourself trekking and having all the necessary or essential things with you. Every form of trek is different; hence, one should take note that the things to bring in mountainous areas might not be applicable in more plain terrain. Nevertheless, the above-mentioned gear should already constitute the essentials for you to bring in every trek.