Going to a trek would be very thrilling for a traveler. It can be done in any part of the world and can be organized by a group of tourists, personally, or a travel agency. Each expedition can differ on length of time of the activity (a day, a week or two); the location; the accessibility and many more. The best part of most treks is to bring forth a close view of stunning sceneries of the trail. Trekking enables you to communicate with nature, by feeling the fresh breeze of mountain, experiencing new culture, or anything that you can’t experience on your city life.
Anyone can go trekking as long as they are physically fit. This means that you should have a well-conditioned body system particularly the heart, respiratory, and muscles. Take note than this type of activity will engage long walks with heavy backpacks at the back. This is the reason why you have to do body training first before going to a trek, especially the long trails. This will make you adjust and improve your endurance for the trip.
While there are hazards involved in any outdoor activity, trekking can bring even trained hikers into unexpected circumstances. That is why taking basic precautionary measures are helpful to protect you and your companions a thrilling and safe journey.
a. Map – Get a copy of a map of the area where you are traveling. Secure it in a waterproof plastic bag. Bringing a global positioning system (GPS) are becoming common nowadays and are beneficial in checking the location’s coordinates. Additionally, it can give you some time information and weather condition.
b. Water Container – carrying drinking water with you is very essential in any trip. If possible, choose a water bottle with embedded filtering system (might be a bit expensive) during the trek.
c. Backpack – get a heavy-duty and long-lasting backpack. Choose the one with many zipped and unzipped pockets where you can separate your belongings during the trip.
d. Footwear – make sure that you buy a set of shoes that is fitted for hiking. Wearing appropriate footwear can minimize you from foot injuries such as blisters, & swelling.
e. Socks – choose thick wool-based socks what will aid in the absorption of moisture from the feet. If you have wet feet, it would be advisable to bring extra socks with you.
f. Clothing – make sure that you wear comfortable and light clothes. It may vary with the weather (snowing or jungle) of your destination. In addition to that, if possible choose water and wind resistant clothing to allow you stretch or move freely.
g. Walking stick – this will you to carry your body’s weight during the trek. It also guides you in balancing yourself when going down the hill.