Packing for a trek can be stressful. What should I bring? What's the weather like? How many pairs of clothing do I need? These are only three questions (of many) that cross a trekker's mind when they are set to embark on an adventure.
Every trip is an opportunity to expand your packing skills and dial in your systems. Whether you're packing a duffel bag or a backpack, the ABCs are a simple way to organize your gear and help you look like a pro, because after all, looking good is half the battle.
But before we get into the ABCs, lets start with a few steps.
Step 1: Make a packing list of what you need and check stuff off.
Step 2: Lay out all of your gear out. Yes, all of it. Physically inspect that each piece of gear is laid out and corresponds to your packing list. As you pack it, cross it off on your list. Simple, quick, easy.
When packing, think about your stuff and ask yourself these questions: What will I need today? What don't I need? You can make your life easier by placing the items you need in an easy to reach location. Items like a raincoat, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and snacks should live at the top of your pack, or in a separate, convenient pocket. Items like pants, clothes should be packed at the bottom. You won't need these items until the evening.
Balancing a pack is important. Imagine having 12kg in your pack. Where would you want that weight? All on one side, at the top or at the bottom? The correct answer is all of the above. The weight of your gear should be distributed so that your pack is an extension of your body. The key is placing heavy items in the middle of the pack, closest to your own back. Imagine the area above your hips and below your shoulder blades, that is where you want your heaviest items
Keep your gear tight and compressed in your bag. If you have straps, tighten them down. If you have compression sacks, use those to compress other gear inside the bag. This will decrease the size of the bag and help it fit into smaller spaces.
Always use plastic compartments (if possible with different colours for different items) to differentiate between your gear. Rucksacks nowadays come with inbuilt rain covers to help keeping your rucksack dry.
Make sure to pack all your gear inside your pack. If you are packing smart, then every piece of gear has a purpose and loosing that piece of gear will create problems.
Already booked a trekking package and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey? We are pleased to offer our checklist for your references. You can make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient trek.