So get ready, pack your bags, put on your shoes and get set for an adventure. Whenever you decide on a place for a trek confirm that the place is filled with plentiful of spots. Go for a place where there are plenty of captivating forests, gigantic mountains, mesmerizing waterfalls and picture perfect landscapes which can be explored.
Top 10 Things to Prepare for an Exciting Trek
Here are some tips which can be useful for you while going for a trek:-
1. Always practice before you trek
If you are planning for a trek after a month or even after six months, the first criteria to be kept in mind is that you have to necessarily keep on practicing. That means you have to increase your body strength and fitness slowly and steadily. You have to give your body time to adapt to the new demands that you are placing on it. Training, fitness and strength together will help you to enjoy the trek. Walking for an hour daily may also help you to increase your body strength and fitness.
2. Pack your bags systematically
The next important thing when you plan a trek is the essentials to be carried. Always remember that whenever you are on a trek carry all the things like medicines, food, water bottles, dry snacks, sun glasses, cap, extra pair of shoes and socks, sandals if required, two or three pairs of clothes (if the trek is for more than two days), towels, sleeping bag, walking stick, camera, binoculars, torch, plate, spoons, bowl, glass for dinner, breakfast or lunch and a rucksack to keep all the above things.
3. Shop for good quality footwear
It is very necessary that you shop for good footwear for your trek. When you select your shoes, walking practice is very essential with those shoes to avoid blisters during the trek. Select correct size of your shoes. Wrong size may land you in difficulty on the actual day of trek.
Along with shoes also go for right pair of socks. The right shoes with wrong socks will ruin your trek. So while trying on shoes, wear the same socks which you intend to use on the day of trek. Look for material which has sweat captivating properties. If you are going for a trek in monsoon then try for water proof socks which are generally very easily available in any sports outlet.
4. Always go for some gym work
Now along with walking, gym work can also help you to enhance your capacity to walk on treks. It would strengthen your body muscles and thus help you to enjoy inclinations on the trek without getting tired. If you are not a gym person then go for yoga and meditation. It would also help you to increase your body strength.
5. Practice on similar walking landscape
Walking is very essential for training. It is very important to mimic the situations that you are going to experience while on trek. So practice on similar walking trails. Try to experiment with a loaded rucksack with the same clothes and shoes which you are going to wear on the trek. It will make a great difference to your speed when you actually trek.
6. Practice using the rucksack
Every time you walk or practice you have to use the rucksack which you are to going to carry with you for the trek. So while selecting a rucksack from the store, check whether it is fit for you and whether you can carry it properly on your back. Also purchase a rucksack which has appropriate strips to hold it on your back and chest. A good rucksack with proper dimensions can help you to stand the load in it.
7. Use walking sticks for grip
It would be a good option to use walking sticks while trekking so that it does not affect your knees. Sometimes if you do not land properly or you fall mistakenly then the direct pressure of that fall may go on your knees. Therefore use of walking sticks would be very effective. Generally these sticks would be of a great help when you are descending down the mountains.
8. Keep hydrated while walking
The next suggestion would be to keep hydrated. You should always drink lots of water while trekking. Whether the climate is hot or cold your body will require water due to sweating and losses on the breath. Your heart would have to work harder as a result of which you will feel thirsty and exhausted. So try to drink small amount of water frequently throughout the day. Energy drink would also prove as a good option to keep you hydrated.
9. Fuel your energy requirements
Try to eat small but regular meals and snacks on the trek to maintain the energy levels. This would give you energy to complete the trek successfully. Eating of fruits is a good option as it will maintain your energy levels. It would be easy to carry and eat fruits on the move to the mountains and is excellent option to boost your energy. While you are practicing for the trek you can experiment with the food also. Never opt for oily and heavy food on the trek.
10. Keep fit and enjoy the trek
Last but not the least; the most important thing is to keep fit. Keep on practicing and enjoy the trek on the actual day of execution. Your trekking experience will be very exciting and interesting if you are fit. A trek can be easy for you only if you are fit. You will have to spend a lot of time, money and energy to get to your trekking location. It also requires efforts. So it makes sense to be in good shape and have suitable fitness.
By following the above guidelines not only will you be prepared positively for the trek but will also get lot to learn from the experience. I hope this article will boost you to go for your first ever trek with a positive attitude and excitement.