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How To Prepare Yourself For Trekking In India

  • Highlights

  • Assess the weather and pack trekking gear accordingly

  • Research the route, pit stops, political unrest and nearest medical facilities

  • Buy trekking travel insurance to cope with any possible unforeseen circumstances

  • Stock a medical kit to tackle injuries, aches and pains

Going on a trek can be incredibly exciting, and while you pack your travel journal and Polaroid camera, don’t neglect the absolute essentials. Preparing for a trek involves a lot more than tossing things into a backpack and heading out of the door. Here are 5 things you absolutely must do before you leave.

Assess the weather

Fortunately, with the best technology available at your fingertips, it is easy to access information about the weather. So, check the forecast before you make a packing list. This will indicate whether you need to pack for rain, a storm, humidity, or freezing cold. In addition, if an avalanche or landslide warning has been issued, err on the side of caution and postpone your trip.

Pack the right gear

Once you know what the weather is going to be like, make a packing list. Apart from a light, space-efficient rucksack, you will need sturdy, all-weather shoes and a trekking pole. Then, as per the weather pack moisture-wicking clothes, insulated clothes, jackets, gloves, raincoat, sunglasses, a headlamp and a back-up torch. You can skimp on the other things that you’re carrying with you, but don’t compromise on the necessary gear.

Do your research

Apart from looking at photographs of the region your trekking to, research factors apart from the terrain as well. Find out what mobile coverage you can expect, any political unrest, things you should beware of, pit stops along the way, nearest hospital, etc. This will give you a better idea of what are the extra things that you should pack. In addition, you will be mentally prepared for all eventualities.

Purchase insurance

While you can research every last aspect, sometimes nature’s ways can take you by surprise. In the eventuality that your wallet is lost, you fall critically ill, etc., you must have a safety net that you can rely on. So, buy trekking travel insurance, available from Bajaj Finserv, and secure your trip for a nominal amount. You can block your missing cards with just one call, avail complimentary insurance, get a smartphone to call your family in a dire situation, and even get assistance of up to Rs.1 lakh for travel and stay in case you are stranded. For just Rs.699 a year, the CPP Travel Safe Trekking Travel Insurance offers you all this and more.

Pack a safety kit

If you’re trekking in a part of the country that has poor infrastructure, or where the nearest healthcare facility is far away, it’s best to carry your own basic supplies. Also, in situations where you’re dealing with minor injuries, having your own medical supplies will ensure that you don’t have to abandon the rest of the trek. While you should carry the medicines you usually require, also carry plenty of disinfectant, cotton, gauze, band aids, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial creams, disinfectant wipes, gloves, etc. You can also buy a readymade first aid kit that will come with all the essentials.

Prepping for a trek is completely different from packing for a beachside holiday! Understanding these measures is key, and will ensure that you are equipped to deal with anything that comes your way.

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