The gravity of a well-packed rucksack cannot be ignored if you are planning to do a trek. Your trek can turn into a nightmare in no time due to the uncertain weather conditions on higher altitudes, well, in that case, a wisely crammed trekking bag can turn out to be your savior! We tend to stuff our bags with things that we barely need to make up for the predicaments which have very less probability of showing up. A poorly packed bag stresses on your back and for the same reason, hiking becomes harder on the mountains. Smart packing is the only way to avoid an excessively heavy bag. Under mentioned are some of the tips for a smartly packed trekking bag:
The size and capacity of an average rucksack:
The rucksacks have size and capacity variations and it’s harder to stick to just one bag when you go for longer treks. A rucksack ranges from 5-liter bag to 110-liter bag or more, however, an average 45 – 50 liter bag is considered an average best for treks of duration 4-6 days.
Daypacks: These are usually put to use for overnight treks. The capacity of daypacks may vary from 20 – 35 liter.
Backpacks for weekend treks: A bag of capacity 35-40 liters can do well upto 4 days long trek.
Backpacks for a week-long trek : A trek with the duration of more than a week needs enough of packing and pieces of equipment hence, a voluminous bag of 50-60 liters is needed for the same.
Backpacks for long expeditions: To undergo a challenging expedition you need to switch over to huge backpacks of 80 – 110 liters along with a small pack for the summit push.
Lightweight and waterproof material will do well during treks as the humidity and uncertain precipitation might ruin the contents of your luggage.
Packing for a weekend trek
A weekend trek which is 2-3 days long requires light packing. There are several mandatory items which occupy a permanent space in your trekking bag irrespective of the duration of your trek.
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- Toilet kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, toilet paper, sanitary pads, soap, etc.)
- Medical Kit
- Water bottle, cap, shades, and beanie, sunscreen
A weekend trek is more like a short hiking experience and nature viewing, therefore, you may not need to carry a lot of layers and gears with you. Here is what you need to pack compact:
- For base layer keep at least 2 shirts or t-shirts
- 1 light fleece for the mid layer
- 1 rain jacket for the third layer
- 1 down jacket
- 1 quick dry pants and a pair of shorts
- Undergarments: 4 sets of undergarments, 3 pair of socks and 1 small towel
Other miscellaneous items:A walking stick, few plastic bags, torch, knife, flip flops, etc.
Packing for a long trek (a week or more)
While packing for a trek whose duration is a week or more you need to consider the following items for packing:
The mandatory items as mentioned above remains the same. Other items include:
- 4 shirts for the base layer.
- 2 light fleece for the mid layer
- 1 rain jacket
- 1 down jacket
- 3 trousers and a pair of shorts
- Undergarments: 4 sets of undergarments, 3 pair of socks and 1 small towel.
- An extra pair of shoes
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Other miscellaneous items: Trekking poles, extra plastic bags, torch, knife, flip flops, eatables like dry fruits or chocolate bars, sleeping bag, etc.
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Note: The above-mentioned packing tips do not include camping and sleeping bags as it is presumed that the trekker may seek accommodation in tea houses and other places. Carrying these may additionally increase the weight of the bag from 2-4 kilograms.