Planning a Trek? Choose your Trekking Gears wisely

Most noteworthy with the busy lifestyle, it becomes vital to prioritize the activities with most significant health benefits. Studies have shown that trekking helps in the release of a chemical called Endorphins, which are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system. And hence when we do such activities, it automatically triggers the mind and reduces the stress in life.

From quiet moments of self-reflection, invigorating sights and challenging yourself in nature, trekking provides several benefits; both physical and mental. 

- Reduce Stress: Spending time outdoors on a trek in nature is a perfect way to cleanse your mind from the stress and worries from home. Trekking often requires a person to be focussed on their activity, where the only distractions are majestic vistas and dramatic scenery.

- Social Benefits: While trekking, you can spend time bonding with members of the group, motivating and encouraging each other to keep going and persevere when times get tough. Sharing the good memories and experiences that come with trekking can also help overcome differences, encourage acceptance of different kinds of people and increase your ability to adjust and get along with others.

- Inner Cleanse: One is much less likely to drink coffee or alcohol while trekking. You tend to gravitate towards drinking plenty of H20 and eat wholefoods. Most noteworthy this will have positive impact on your inner health, skin and the entire body feels rejuvenated.

- Rejuvenates your Heart & Lungs: Trekking offers you an option to stay away from the population, which means fresh and clean air. And when you breathe clean air, the lungs become more capable and the heart pumps more blood which eventually invigorate your heart and lungs. It makes a great cardio workout and decreases the level of cholesterol and blood pressure.

- Improved Fitness & Weight Loss: Trekking involves walking up and downhill and various surveys show that extended periods of daily hiking with a backpack between 6-8 hours turns the body into a competent fat burning and testosterone-fuelled machine.


Do you like to go on adventures in the mountains and far away for days or even weeks carrying only essential Trekking Gears? Your trekking essentials depend a lot on your level but also on the environment you choose, the weather conditions, number of days etc. Here are some suggestions for Trekking Gears:

1. Backpacks: The trekkers' bag is the most important gearshould be and selected and prepared to envision the various requirements.

- Single-day treks can be done with day packs to host your essentials like a water bottle, snacks, a rain jacket if needed, camera, midday lunch or any other accessories you need to carry.

- If you're planning a multi-day trek which includes overnight, carry a trekking backpack that ranges between 50 ltr to 60 ltr.

-In the case of extended expedition treks, you'll need more durable backpacks of 75 ltr to 90 ltr.


2. Trekking Shoes: Your choice of trekking boots will depend on 4 criteria: the terrain on which they will be used, the duration of the outing, the weather forecast and the support.

- Breathability: For good weather, breathability is an important feature your boots will require.

- Waterproofing: In case of different weather patterns, you will require waterproofing. Whether your shoe is warm or not, it will be of no use if you do not make sure it's waterproof.

And if you have good trekking shoes but they are not waterproof, you can use gaiters. They will cover and protect you from moisture from the rain.


3. Sleeping Bags: These are some criteria that determine your choice of sleeping bag: the temperature of your sleeping environment, ease of transport and sleeping comfort. 

- Warmth: Warmth corresponds to the external ambient temperature during the night.

- Ease of Transport: Ease of transport is determined by weight and compactness.

- Comfort: Comfort will always take precedence when it comes to camping.


4. Trekking Poles: Poles are an essential Trekking Gears, it is not only for people with reduced physical abilities or balance problems. Rather using trekking poles allows you to walk longer and with a better. These poles allow you to have a more balanced workout for the whole body, continuously soliciting the arms, simultaneously with the movements of your legs. This also helps to avoid wrong movements which are later reflected through back pain especially because you have a big back on your back.


5. Tent: Tents are an indispensable part of an adventure. There is no better way other than having a tent to experience the beauty of the earth. However, before picking up any camping tent, one needs to consider certain factors that would help them make a better choice. The key factors to consider while choosing a camping tent are:

- Group Size: The very first thing to have in mind is the number of people that would camp; this would help you decide your space required to have a comfortable stay.

- Camping Location: Another important aspect to consider is the altitude of camping location and its weather conditions. If the camping location is motorable, then tent weight won’t be much of an issue. However if one needs to trek to the location on foot, then a lightweight tent should be the choice.


6. Filter water bottle: Depending on the season of your travel and number of a person it is suggested to carry a water bottle and stay hydrated. A filter water bottle will surely reduce the task of carrying the weight; rather you can drink water from the natural sources available after filtering the same easily.


7. Other Important Trekking Gears:

- Weather-appropriate clothing 

- A cap, hat or headband

- A pair of gloves if you are walking at altitude or in cold weather

- Sunglasses suitable for trekking

- Sun cream

- Insect repellent if you are entering damp areas

-A pack of tissues are also useful

-A multi-utility tool kit


Now that you know about the Trekking Gears, their importance and factors impacting, plan a trek and choose your Trekking Gears wisely.