Important Things to Carry for Trekking

As you will be trekking and camping to the extreme and remote areas of Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is always better to carry the following things which are not easily available there.

Trekking checklist

Important things to carry, backpacking tips, trekking gears and accessories to pack. Make your trek comfortable and don't miss important things which will be needed during trek. Here is your complete checklist for any trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

Basic Essentials during Trekking

  • An identity card - Original and Photocopies (MANDATORY)   
  • Back Pack & Rain Cover (50-60 liter)
  • Day Pack & Rain Cover (20-30 liter, If you hire mule or porter)
  • 1 ltr of pet water bottle
  • Floaters or Sandals, Trekking Shoes (waterproof are better during snow and rain)
  • LED Torch/Headlamp (With extra batteries)
  • Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must (Poncho are light weight, easy to carry/fit)

Clothing & Other Essentials (For winter trek: 5 layers, For general treks: 3-4 layers)

  • 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants (Denims are not recommended for treks.)
  • 1 pair of T-shirts (half and full sleeve)
  • 3 Pair of Cotton Socks, 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
  • Thermal Wear – 1 pair (you can keep two, if going on long trek)
  • One down feather Jacket
  • Sun Cap, One Scarf, Light towel, Gloves (1 woolen, 1 waterproof)
  • Woolen cap or Balaclava that covers the ear.    (protection from cold waves), Dark UV Sunglasses
  • Carry few plastic bags in case your clothes get wet.   

Eatables - Quick Energy during Trek

  • Glucose, Chocolates, biscuits, Energy bars
  • Toffees and Dry fruits & nuts

Trekking Personal kit

  • Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper, Sanitizer, Tooth Brush & Paste
  • Lip Balm, Cold Cream & Sun Screen lotion (SPF 40+)
  • Personal Medicine Kit (with basis first aid kit and your regular medicines),
  • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.

Other Equipment and Accessories required during Trek

  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Trekking or Hiking Pole
  • CAMERA with memory card and fully charged with extra batteries

Personal Medicine Kit:

  • Crocin – 6 tablets (for fever)
  • Vomistop – 4 tablets (for travel sickness in hilly area)
  • Combiflam – 4 tablets (pain killer)
  • Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  • Band aid – 10 strips
  • Digene – 6 tablets (for stomach pain and digestion)
  • Cotton – 1 small roll
  • ORS – 2-3 packets (for dehydration)
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream (for minor injuries)
  • Moov/Volini spray (for strains, joint or muscle pain)
  • Any other regular medication that you are having.

Please Note: It is not necessary to bring each and every item mentioned above, you can bring them as per your convenience and requirement. You can also discuss with your trek leader or tour operator regarding the weather, accessibility and other information, so that you can pack your bag accordingly.