5 Tips to packing for the hiking trip of a lifetime

August 2, 2017

by — Posted in Travel Gear, Travel Wisdom

Whether you are going on the trip of a lifetime with a group of friends, by yourself, or with trusty tour guides such as those with Kandoo Adventures, you are in for a treat! Hiking can be an exhilarating experience no matter where you are but going to far off places such as Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that not many get to experience. Because you are likely beyond excited, this article shares some tips on how to pack for your trip. You will find that what you pack may be very different from what you may typically pack to go on holiday.

Stuff to help you navigate. It is important to take a map and compass with you on your hiking adventure, especially if you are going at it alone without a tour guide or other friends. You will want to pay close attention to the details on your map about which way to go and in which direction, hence the compass. Be sure to pay close attention to the map but also take your time and enjoy your surroundings. Take in all the beauty that is around you and listen to the birds or the sounds of the trees rustling. Hiking is a privilege and can be a serene experience. Take your time and follow the map so you don’t get led astray.

Sun protection. While it may be tempting to skimp on applying sunscreen because you will likely be in the trees while hiking, this may not always be the case. There are many times in which you will come to a clearing in the trees or perhaps the tree leaves do not leave as much cover from the sun as you once thought. It is best to apply sunscreen to be certain that you do not get burnt. Nursing a burn while hiking can be a challenge and likely not very enjoyable.

Hydration. It is critical that you bring a water bottle with you as well as a water treatment system such as a filter. The filter will allow you to drink any water that you come across. For example, if you are thirsty and you have not seen any water for miles but you come across a mud puddle, the filter will allow you to filter out the debri and dirt and leave you with the clean, drinkable water. Staying hydrated while you hike is imperative to your success. If you do not drink enough water, you are likely to fall ill and may need medical attention. This could cause you to not be able to finish your hike, and in essence, your once-in-a-lifetime trip could be cut short.

Emergency preparedness. Be sure to bring a shelter tent and first aid kit. This will ensure that you have what you need in case you fall and get an abrasion or if something worse goes wrong. Your shelter tent may be nice to set up at nightfall or in case of a heavy storm.

Fire and light. Be sure to bring matches so that you are able to build a fire should you need to do so. Sometimes it can get cool at night and building a fire can provide heat that you need to keep going. In addition, you can cook your dinner over the fire as well. In addition to bringing fire-making materials, be sure to bring a flashlight or overhead illumination so that you can see clearly in the dark.

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