If you don’t pack right for a trek, it can ruin the pleasure of trekking completely. Especially if you are trekking for a number of days with no way of laying your hands on any essentials, it is all the more important to be self-contained. Being self-contained however does not mean you pack everything into a bag, because you are going to be doing all the carrying (if you don’t have a personal porter), which means, you must also pack as light as possible. Average human back can only take so much weight for so long and especially over harsh terrain, so keep that in mind.
A quick list of what goes into my backpack on a trek. Naturally I leave the boots, gaiters, self-inflating sleeping bags when backpacking!
The pics are what I packed for my Kokoda Trek in Papua New Guinea.
- Backpack: 2 (80 ltrs and 35 ltrs day pack)
- Backpack covers
- Boots, sandals
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat (self-inflatable)
- Quick drying t-shirts
- Quick drying shorts
- 10-12 pair of socks (hiking socks)
- Medicines (panadol, prescription meds, asprin, diarhea tabs, vicks)
- Rehydration salts
- Walking stick
- Vaseline (can’t go without that one!)