When it’s not that cold it’s definitely better to go outside and enjoy the the beauty of nature. If it is your first time (or first in a long time) to experience a full-on nature trek, there is a need to prepare for the essential things to bring and get yourself prepared.
The things that you need to prepare for your trek will depend on the natural environment that you want to immerse in. If you want a simple overnight trek on a nearby hill or mountain, one needs to prepare the right camping items, which will definitely include cooking equipment and sleeping bags. As a start, you should also decide whether to pack light or to bring full-on gear. In packing light, the items to be brought are usually more compact and easier to move around and assemble, which are ideal in smaller groups.
Indeed, one needs to consider how heavy and compact the things to be brought in an outside trek. Good thing, a lot of camp shops nowadays provide plenty of options to choose from. In general, those heavy and bulky trek equipment are more expensive, but are more durable and are capable to withstand any kind of weather.
In any case, you should write down the items to bring before considering those that are needed to purchase prior to your first nature trek.
Important Items to Bring
The basic items to bring to enjoy the trek are: tents, blankets for sleeping, a good bag for your back, and the likes. It is important that these things are durable enough to withstand the elements so you can use them multiple times. Some items may be more expensive in comparison to other hobbies, but these are definitely worth purchasing.
Drinking Water Purifier:
Water is essential to life as it is when trekking for long periods and distances. Potable water needs to be available at all times. In some areas, water may be readily available to drink. But to be exactly sure, you may pack a few bottles on your own.
When unsure if the water on-site is safe enough to drink, a portable water purifier can come in handy. These dependable items are also affordable. Some purifying systems are very affordable and soluble tablets to be dissolved in water are also available.
One must prepare the right kind of footwear when on a trek. The normal rubber shoes may seem handy on long walks, but for longer distances, it is a must to notice the level of easiness in your soles and ankles. This is especially important if the terrain to be trekked is too coarse and rocky. In these cases, the footwear must provide more than enough cushion and reinforcement.
Footwear may come in the form of running shoes, stability shoes, hiking shoes, or boots. Running shoes are good for areas where it is needed to leap around creeks or rivers. These work great for lightweight people. Stability shoes are good for climbing activities or when entering narrow spaces where the terrain might be a bit unstable. Hiking shoes are great for long and sturdy walks. It should match the level of endurance of a person wearing them. They are also expected to last a long, long time. Finally, boots have rugged treads on the soles which are typical in murky and damp areas. They need to be heavy-duty enough to withstand inclement weather and huge puddles of water.
If really undecided on which one to buy on any of those types, it would be best to purchase hiking shoes due to their versatility. They are generally applicable in any kind of trekking activity, and durability is of no concern for these.
There may be cases where the trekking areas do not accommodate a decent network signal to check on directions and landmarks from time to time. To address this problem, aerial views of the areas should be printed or purchased beforehand to get a bird’s-eye view of the whole area. Multiple copies may be on hand if one gets missing. Also, it is important to be familiar enough with reading the directions on these aerial plots to avoid getting lost.
For overnight stays outside, these are more than necessary, especially when you choose to stay or sleep over in very dark areas where creatures might lurk around. They usually come in the form of flashlights or portable lanterns that can illuminate a large area for long periods.
As to the type of light, one may contemplate lighting gears that emit light-emitting diodes. They last for many hours at a time without the need for charging or replacing batteries. If these are not too affordable for you, flashlights with heavy-duty batteries are already sufficient.
Sometimes, in long and difficult treks, it is possible that tents may be pitched during dusk or when the sun is already down. In this case, light gear that can be worn on the head are good options to be regarded.
What you need for a good nights sleep:
To get a good nights sleep you’ll need a decent sleeping bag, these come in varied sizes and types; therefore, it is best to pursue the right type of bed for you while enjoying the overnight trek. Many online and in-store shops sell sleeping bags of various specifications which one can choose from.
For a more comfortable sleep a family may consider a giant airbag for sleeping. These airbags are collapsible when packed, then inflated with air to resemble like a sleeping bag.
Overnight sleeping requirements:
For an overnight trek, it is mandatory to bring a tent. Some tents are lightweight enough that one person can bring it and sleep in it; while others are bulky but can easily fit a family. Sometimes, they do differ in terms of function. Some can definitely withstand all types of weather, whether during a dry spell or when humid days come and heavy rains fall. A few shelters even have material that can be used during winter or snowfall. It is a huge consideration to determine what type to purchase or bring depending on the type of trek that you have in mind. It is important to look into various brands that offer specialty tents to consider the right or applicable one for you on your first trek.
These outdoorsy bags are a must-have when doing a nature trek. For small and nearby daytime walks, they may be not much of a necessity. However, in overnight cases or when traveling as a group or a family, these are much needed.
They are classified depending on the duration of use. Usually, smaller rucksacks are only applicable in shorter treks, while bigger ones can be utilized for days at a time.
It is vital to list first the intended materials or tools to bring and place in a rucksack before deciding which model and size to purchase. Nowadays, a lot of bags for trekking are affordable enough, so one might pick a larger-than-usual rucksack for use.
Medicine and Other
An ample supply of medicine and other topical or portable treatments must be on hand in case of emergency during a trek. For starters, one may pack sprays, burn treatments, anti-inflammatories, and bandages. They should all be kept in one small and waterproof bag.
Others not mentioned above may also be brought during a nature trek, depending on a person’s needs and concerns. But, it is better not to forget the above items since these are the basic trekking necessities.
What to Eat During Trekking
Some may opt to prepare ready-to-eat food beforehand before a trek to fill up their tummies, while others want to prepare food on-site. The following are the tips if the latter option is considered:
Bring the Essentials:
One cannot simply cook without producing fire. As such, there are plenty of options to make fire on a trek. Matches or lighters are portable and lightweight enough to produce fire. In cooking at longer periods, it is better to bring ample fuel with you. They should be kept in tight-sealed containers to avoid leakage or worse, forest fires. For families, portable stoves can be convenient, if not bulky enough.
As much as possible, you can already bring on a trek those cooking utensils which you already have or use on a daily basis. However, if you have extra budget and you need to set aside the usual utensils with those for trekking, you may order the utensils which are portable enough and easy to use and clean. A single set of lightweight cooking utensils may be purchased for cheap in a camping store.
Similar to cooking utensils, you may already have those readily available at home on a bring-and-go basis. Otherwise, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on the type of material: customized, stainless steel, or durable plastic are good to use on a trek.
For the Coffee Lovers:
To those who can’t live without coffee especially upon waking up from an overnight trek early in the morning, a coffee maker is worth a purchase. It needs not to disturb the other items that you bring; hence, it should be lightweight enough and easy to wipe or clean right before you pack up. If this is quite expensive, tiny packets of coffee granules can be brought instead.
On a nature trek, it is practically and environmentally important to practice the clean-as-you-go scheme. The utensils and items that you brought should be cleaned up in safe and tidy areas before packing up. Common cleaning tools that are easy to bring on a trek include scrubs, brushes, and cloths for wiping. Of course, bags to keep the trash should be brought so that nothing will be left behind.
If cooking is a must, then you should prepare the food to be brought on a trek. One should plan the meals to be eaten accordingly on a trek, and should be kept in small containers that the ingredients don’t get spoiled. It is also necessary to choose the right kind of food to be brought or cooked, since one should replenish the nutrients lost or spent after a day’s worth of trekking.
As such it is not recommended to be contented with instant noodles or similar food while on a trek. Rather, you must try to be pack real, healthy food such as fish, meat, or light carbohydrates. Grilling can also be an option if there is ample time to cook.
If necessary, one may also bring a small chiller to store certain food.
Aside from all of the aforementioned tips, you should also consider other factors such as the existing weather and the type of environment that you are about to settle in for hours.
If an inclement weather is to be expected, rain gear should be brought, such as jackets and caps. Boots are also ideal when faced with muddy terrain.
If you want to experience catching fish in creeks or rivers, you need to prepare the basic gear such as fishing pole and bait. Also make sure that you are allowed by the area keepers to catch some fish.
If you don’t want to walk around the terrain and just cycle the area instead, then you may do so. A foldable bike is handy so it’s not too bulky to bring from one point to another.
Above all, since each trekker’s concerns are unique, it is necessary to self-prepare on the things to bring or pack before venturing on your first nature trek. The essentials first mentioned should not be forgotten as these will make you feel at home with nature as if it is your second home. Whatever the degree of preparation or the level of trekking that you intend to experience, the most significant thing is to prepare as much as you can to enjoy the blissful nature within your fingertips.