There are few things in life that compare to the joy of a trek. That sheer burst of happiness when the chill breeze brushes your cheek, that absolute satisfaction when you reach your destination after a long, hard climb.
But here’s what you should know – trekking isn’t just about reaching your summit, it’s also about your journey. Your trek score soars only if you’ve done all your homework beforehand.
Basic tips, such as lining your backpack with a polythene bag, backpack storage tips sand etc. have been repeated time and time again. So, this blog isn’t going to be a usual one with these. Instead, here are some real life small hacks that experienced trekkers follow.
So here we go -:
- Buy One Size Bigger Shoes
When trekking the mountains, keep your feet happy! And in comfortable state
When you trek the mountains, your legs are your best friends. You become dependent on them to complete your trek, so keeping them happy is top priority!
There are a lot of pointers to keep in mind while buying your trekking shoes – from quality to comfort. Exercise a little foresight and do a bit of research on the terrain and weather conditions as well. Also, as any experienced trekker will tell you, it’s advisable to get shoes that are one size larger for comfort. Sometimes, legs tend to swell while trekking and so wearing the exact fit would be uncomfortable.
- Avoid Pain Killers in High Altitude Climbs
If you’re popping pills on a high altitude climb, you might suffer from side effects.
When you are climbing those snow-clad peaks, pain killers are a strict no-no. But if you have to take some, inform your fellow trekkers or the team lead in advance. Certain medicines have side effects because of the altitude (less oxygen areas).
- Carry Glucose Shots and Dry Fruits
Small tidbits will boost your energy levels while you’re feeling tired on your trek.
This is definitely a lifesaver!
Small tidbits such as these help amp up your energy levels during the climb. Glucose, dry fruits or even small pieces of chocolate help restore energy that you’re constantly loses during the climb. So don’t forget to stuff your backpack with these – particularly since they also double up as energy boosters!
- Head Strap Torch
A head strap torch is a boon because it keeps your hands free.
We won’t be saying anything new if we tell you about the absolute necessity of carrying torches on a trek. But what you need to do is things out of the box and carries head strap torches.
When you are on the climb in low-lit areas, you will be holding the hiking stick in one hand and will have to hold the torch in the other. But, you need to keep at least one hand free to balance yourself. This is where the head strap torch proves a boon.
- Take Small Sips of Water
Do not gulp your water on a climb – instead, sip slowly.
When on a climb you will feel thirsty at short intervals. This is because we tend to breathe through our mouth while ascending and thus the moisture evaporates, leaving us thirsty. At this time DO NOT gulp down water.
The trick here is to take just a small sip and roll that around in your mouth for as long as possible. This helps in two ways – first, it tends to quench the thirst keeping the mouth wet and second, it saves water.
- Carry Sunglasses
Whether the temperature is high or low, sunglasses are an absolute must.
We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that the higher you climb, the more scorching the sun’s rays will get. So whether you trek to the coldest of places or the hottest of them, sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes.
- Always carry Slippers
Slip into slippers at night when you’ve camped.
Sure, this sounds funny and totally banal and unnecessary – but trust us, you’ll thank us for this later! Carrying slippers is as essential a trekking hack as any.
Remember, your feet will need a break from the hard, unyielding grip of the trekking shoes – which is why, when you’ve camped at night, you can slip into these slippers for some much-needed comfort.
Bonus tip!!! Remove your shoes whenever you take a break for more than half an hour. And if there is a stream nearby, dip your feet in for a while. This will ensure your feet are safe from blisters.
- Sesame Seed Oil to Keep Your Feet Warm
A dash of sesame seed oil on your feet will keep the cold away.
Seasoned trekkers will advise you to carry sesame seed oil if you are heading to really cold places – and for good reason. Rub the oil on those tired feet before getting into your sleeping bag and you will stay warm the entire night.