Whether it’s a two day trek, or one that exceeds a week – packing for a trek requires the same kind of preparation. Of course, you’ve to consider a lot of things such as the weather, how near or far it is from human civilization, and personal requirements. However, one thing is for certain: it has to fit in a single backpack. Here’s how to decide what to take while packing for a trek:

Clothing

The first rule of clothes you carry on a trek is that you don’t carry a lot of them. If you’re going for a 2-4 day trek, two sets of comfortable clothing (and some extra inner wear) is enough for a comfortable journey. You can always wash them at the camp. However, if you’ll be trekking for over a week, carry about 4 sets at most. If you’re trekking in a really cold place where there are chances of rain and hailstorm, carry water-resistant outer-wear, pants and backpacks. Always carry a jacket that you can gradually take off when you warm up, good walking boots that support your ankles and warm socks for added comfort.

Gear

Your bag shouldn’t essentially weigh more than 40 litres in case of a short trek, and 70 litres in case of a longer one. So, make sure all your important gear don’t overstep the limit. Carry a sleeping bag that is suitable for the temperature range of the place, raincoats and umbrellas in case of rain, caps for sunny days and a pair of gloves for cold. Pack minimum toiletries; preferably a shower gel that doubles up as shampoo and detergent as well. Also, give the general water bottle a miss for a rehydration pouch or bladder which comes with a long pipe that comes around to the front, making access to water much easier. Don’t miss the water purifying tablets, whistle, head torch, multifunction tool and a walking stick.

Emergency Supplies

Dry-ration such as dry fruits, chocolates, nuts, rehydration salts, instant soups, instant noodles, and dry snacks are the most important for anybody. They should be an indispensable part of packing; you never know when they could come in handy. Also, a small first-aid kit with pills for basic ailments, cotton bandages, antiseptic cream, band-aids, pain balm spray, insect repellent and salt for leeches too are a mandate. Plus, paperwork such as photocopy your IDs and details of your emergency contact should be in your bag at all times.