A solo trek is a life-changing experience for all those who wish to traverse uncharted trails. You get to explore a new destination, meet culturally diverse people and learn a lot about yourself. A solo trek can be very rejuvenating if you know a few essentials.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never trekked solo before or are an experienced trekker, excitement of a trek tends to overshadow the preparations. This leads to you forgetting a few essentials you need to have before the start of your journey. So, here is a list of things that are essential for every solo trekker.
Buy the Right Gear
A solo trek can be a scary experience if you have not procured the right gear. For any trekking expedition, you need to pack destination specific gear to have a memorable time. If you tend to forget things, there are apps that will help you by creating a curated checklist to suit your needs.
As a trekker, you need the correct backpack and shoes. Sleeping bag, tent, stove, jackets, raincoats are a few other essential items you need to sustain yourself in inhabited areas. Make sure your trekking gear and clothing are waterproof as weather conditions can turn unfavorable at any given point of time.
If you are low on budget and do not wish to spend a lot, think of renting gear. There are a lot of organizations renting out trekking gear at a very reasonable cost. One of the most popular organizations to extend this service is India Hikes. Also, make sure you learn how to pitch a tent or operate a stove.
Note: Buying the gear will be a cheaper option for your subsequent trekking expeditions. Do not overspend and only buy good quality gear. The most notable brands are Wild craft, the north face and Quechua.
Trekking for long hours or high-altitude trails require you to spend a lot of energy. Chocolates, energy bars, powdered drink mix are a few items that you should carry in your backpack. The best part is that you do not have to worry about anything spilling over. These items take the least possible space. It is advisable to take all these food items if you are going on a short trek.
If your planned trek is going to stretch over a period of two days, pack soup, noodles, and ready to heat meals. It takes no time to cook these items and are light to carry. It is essential to ration these food items depending on the number of days you are going to spend in your tent.
Note: Decide on what you are going to carry beforehand and pack the food to carry in air tight zip lock bags.
A basic first-aid kit is something every trekker should carry in his/her backpack. Your kit should consist of basic medicines and medical equipment. Seek professional help if you are not sure about what to all medicines to carry.
Your first-aid kit should consist of tablets for flu,some antiseptic ointment, band-aid, medical cleaning wipes etc.
Note: If you are going on a high-altitude trek then you should know about altitude sickness and how to help in such a situation.
Watch your Waste
Carry along Eco-friendly water bottles or reusable garbage bags which will help you cut down on throwing away harmful plastic waste. As trekkers, you also have an option of carrying stainless steel lunch boxes that can be reused, unlike the single-use plastic boxes. You can also look at some bottles that come with an inbuilt filter.
In order to not pollute anything, carry minimum/no plastic at all. If you do, bring back all the waste material. Do not disturb the natural environment by bringing back things as souvenir trophies. This form of travel has resulted in finding a way that has a long-term benefit without causing harm to the environment.
Health and Fitness
Every trek has a certain level of difficulty and it demands every person to be physically and mentally strong. If you are trekking alone, then you need to prepared to do everything by yourself. Not only you have to keep walking on uneven terrains, you have to pitch your tent, cook food and clean up without anyone’s help.
In order to complete a trek and endure all its difficulties, requires a lot of fitness. You can make yourself mentally and physically strong by a dedicated routine. Whenever you decide to go on a trek, read up about the fitness level needed and work towards realizing your dream of exploring picturesque trails.
Note: If you are trekking for the first time, a 1-2-day trek is recommended. As and when you gain some experience, start going on treks with moderate or high difficulty level.
Trekking solo can be a wonderful or a daunting experience. The difficult trails and uncharted routes sometimes scare away people. However, there are a few essential trekking applications that will squash all fear and make your journey a memorable one.
Curated by Ruchit Rastogi