Learn to PACK LIGHT!2 mins read
Prior to travelling mountainous countries, you must know how and be able to pack wisely as well as lightly. Likewise, no matter how frugal you are with packing your stuff about 30% of the items you pack you will most likely only use and then return. We can guarantee you!
Where do I start?
Begin by selecting two bags. First, a 30/40L day pack and 60/70L rucksack. Before packing make sure that they are both dry (one specific way is to pack everything in small dry bags, polythene bags or line bags with garbage bags).
The ABCDE of Packing a Bag
A – ACCESSIBLE. Stuff you need should be in pockets or on the top with ease of access.
B – BALANCE. Create a more stable backpack by putting heavier and bulky items in the bottom of the bag
C – COMPACT. Roll and compress items to fit in more stuff, and make the bag more stable. Do not throw it just in.
D – DRY. Ensure that the items you have inside are dry. Smaller dry bags, plastic bags or a completely big garbage liner are great ideas for this.
E – EVERYTHING INSIDE. Do not have things hanging out. Keep everything inside or secure in the bag.
Always pack a good pair of hiking boots with ankle protection. Well-worn in would be good to save your feet from blistering. Likewise, light casual shoes which could be trainers or trail shoes will double up as spare shoes for camps or evenings.
- Bring clothing in layers – base layer, tee shirts, sweatshirts, fleece, long-sleeved shirts, Windstopper, and a wind/water proof outer shell. So you’re prepared for the different forms of weather.
- Do not forget underwear, swimwear and nightwear! Tip – long underwear doubles up as underwear
- Socks and spare socks (avoid nylon, they can cause blisters)
- Casual trousers with zip offs to convert to shorts and waterproof trousers
- Gaiters in case of snow and rain jacket in case of rain.
- Hat or cap and a woollen hat
- Gloves just in case
- Sunglasses with appropriate UV protection, sunscreen and lip balm
- Compass and local maps
- First aid kit and personal medicine
- Headlamp for camping
- Toilet paper
- earplugs (for blocking sounds in camps)
- Utility knife
- Water bottle
- Charging plugs and wires
- Hiking poles
- Sewing kit
- Spare spectacles
- Water purification tablets
- Writing and reading material
- Large bandana or a buff.
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