Hiking is a moreover a Canadian or a term used in United States to describe long walks be it in the countryside, or hilly areas or mountain regions. The people in these regions like to don their shorts and tshirts in summers and head out for walks along the countryside. The term has had variations in what it is called all over the world. Australia has term bushwalking for a hike sort of a walk and it is typically believed to originate from Sydney dwellers. New Zealand has the term tramping to describe a similar thing and UK and Ireland have may terms like rambling, hillwalking, and fell walking but walking is also widely accepted. In India and vicinity trekking is the term used for such type of activities.
Hiking is when you go a long walk as mentioned earlier. The walk can be on a well laid path to a very famous monument, it can be on a rocky terrain or a mountain region to get to a shrine, regardless of the type, a long walk and a vigorous one as well is something that gets categorised as hiking. In Indian context hiking is moreover linked to traversing an uneven terrain on trails. It is a very famous activity with a lot of health benefits.
Hiking is mostly adventurous activity and mostly it is planned on a short notice with little time left for planning and even less time to plan what to pack for that trip. Thus, one should have knowledge or prior experience of such trips to pack effectively and efficiently. Even the guys with experience ted to make mistake and leave out the essentials that should be taken with you on the hiking trips.
The things that you should carry with you are divided into three categories:
- Personal items
These are in increasing importance with essentials being the most important and should not be missed at all.
Personal items include items like footwear, which should be mountaineering grade or made for rough and tough terrain to take in that amount of usage. Things like socks, camera, memory cards are important things that should be carried in personal items. Things such as sanitary equipment, towel, urinary products (if need be) also fall in the section of personal items.
Clothing is determined by the weather of the place where you are going for hiking:
- When in cold weather you should definitely have
- A jacket to shield yourself from the cold
- Head wear, ear cover
- Warm clothes other than the jacket.
- When in warm weather you should have
- A tshirt
- A hat (sun shielding)
- Full shelve shirt
- Quick drying pants
Now the most important part to pack that you should not miss at all are the 7 essentials. They are as follows:
- Things for navigation. They may include
- Maps of the trek
- Supplies for instant light
- Medicines and first aid
- Medicines for fever, headache as advised by the doctor
- Antiseptic, bandage etc
- Hydration supplies
- Water in ample supply
- Energy drinks (optional)
- Duct tape
- Always have supply for at least one day extra
- Fire equipment
- Match box
- Fire starter kit