When you’re heading off on an adventure trekking holiday, chances are you’re very excited about the challenge that lies ahead, but you’re probably a little apprehensive too. Wondering if you’ll be able to live up to the challenge and whether you are going to be safe are two big concerns that you might have, but as long as you have planned the trip well and you’re prepared for it, you will be fine.
Another thing you might be worried about is what you should pack to ensure that your trekking holiday is as comfortable as it can possibly be. This is the concern we are going to deal with in this post…
Minimalism is Optimal
The first thing you should know about packing for a trekking holiday is that the fewer items you can get away with taking the better it will be. Obviously, anything you do take you will quite often have to carry with you, clean and dry sometimes while you’re up mountains or in the middle of a desert, so putting together a minimalist wardrobe is a very good idea.
Next, you’re going to want to check out what the weather conditions are likely to be on your adventure trip so that if it’s going to be very wet, you can pack more waterproofs, or if it’s likely to be cold you can go with more formal gear. However, the weather is rarely set in stone, so having something to suit in any conditions will ensure that you have greater levels of comfort as you explore foreign climes, take in breathtaking views and push yourself to your limits.
Packing garments that can be layered is a good way of keeping your luggage minimal while ensuring that you are ready for anything. When it comes to adventure clothing for ladies, packing camisoles, long sleeved tops, t-shirts, a fleece and a waterproof jacket along with leggings jeans and shorts is ideal. If you’re a man, swap out the camisole for vests and the leggings for long-johns and it’s basically the same. Pack around 3 of each for a 2-week trek and you should be fine, although if you think you can do with less, even better.
Go for Dark, Patterned Clothing
Dark clothing and clothing that features heavy patterns makes it a lot easier to disguise dirt, which you are going to have to tackle when you’re trekking for long periods of time. They will ensure that when you’re between washes, you don’t look too grubby.
A Comfortable Backpack
Since you will be spending a lot of time walking, navigating your way up mountains and over streams, it is really important that you have a backpack that is large enough to accommodate your clothing, food, water, a first aid kit and camping equipment, but which is also comfortable enough for you to carry long distances. A backpack that has multiple straps to keep it close to your body and give you some extra support is ideal for this. Your backpack should also be waterproof so that your clothing doesn’t get soggy and ideally lined with a plastic bin too.
Boots and Trek Sandals
It might not seem very minimalist to pack both hiking boots and trek sandals. However, you’ll be glad you did when you get blisters from your boots and you need to wear something a little more comfy until you’ve recovered.
Start with these items, then add in swimsuits, a decent sun hat, and sunglasses and you’ll have the basics to make your trek comfy.