Are you thinking of pre-packing your bag and jotting down essential things that you should always bring with you when you go on a trek? For your everyday adventure, below are the top five things you should always pack to have a safe and healthy adventure:
1. Parka / Jacket
A parka / jacket is every trekker’s best friend! Many parkas and jackets that are available nowadays are lightweight and can be stuffed into a relatively small pouch, making them easy to put in the bag. Parkas and jackets are designed to warm the body at cold temperatures and from the rainwater. Most parkas and jackets also have drawstring cuffs for the hands and hood to avoid water seeping through the arms and the hood making it a very effective protective clothing. You can purchase stylish and functional parkas and jackets in different styles and price ranges in a store like Moosejaw.
2. Water-Resistant Bag and Waterproof Cellphone Cover
Water-Resistant bags tend to be lightweight than waterproof bags, so they’re lighter to carry and you won’t need to worry if you’re walking through the rain because you’re sure that the things inside your bag are protected. A Waterproof Cellphone Cover will also protect your phone in the worst case that you’re soaked while crossing a river or a lake. Materials that are water-resistant and waterproofed can be quite expensive but are good investments in the long run as they are also useful when you go to the beach and not just when hiking in the rain. Quality water-resistant bags can also be found on Moosejaw, as are quality cellphone protection like the Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Envelope.
3. Emergency Kit
Every adventurer must pack his or her own personal emergency kit! What does this kit include? Well simply, the essentials whenever an emergency happens – medicines, emergency blanket, analog compass and first-aid necessities such as band-aid, alcohol and even a rope that can be used for tying. Your emergency kit might take up some weight so make sure to check the essentials and you can even customize its contents according to your needs, especially with the medicines! If you want a pre-packed bag, you can use Surviveware’s emergency pack – it is highly recommended by most backpackers.
4. Solar Powerbank with Flashlight
Yes – this item is very specific! If you’re going to bring a power bank, it is likely that it will be a bit heavy due to its nature of function so we might as well maximize its properties – make sure it can be powered by solar energy and has a flashlight. This ensures that even if you trek through the mountains or the road for the days, as long as there is sunlight, you will have available power for the next day. Most power banks with these functions are also rigid-structured so they are shockproof and likely water-resistant. If you’re lost in the mountains in the trail, you can easily power your phone and use its GPS to track your location! This item might be pricey but very convenient – can you imagine hiking for days and finally arriving in an urbanized town and still not need electricity for your phone to charge on? Try the SOARAISE power bank.
5. Durable Water Container
Every trekker MUST have a durable water container – one that can withstand being thrown or being scratched many times and is adaptable to temperature changes. If you’re going to be trekking through the mountains on an open trail, it’s likely that you will consume your water before you reach the summit but if you happen to pass by a water source you can easily refill your container with it! In choosing a water container, make sure that it is easy to open and of high quality. One of the water containers most recommended by most trekkers is by YETI and you can get conventient “chug cap” for their “Rambler” model – check them out!