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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, and medical facilities

  • Buy trek insurance to cope with mishaps

  • Pack a medical kit to treat injuries and aches

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 technology available at your fingertips, it is easy to access information about the weather conditions in any place on the globe. So, check the forecast before you make a packing list. This will indicate whether you need to pack for rain, humid conditions, 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.

Additional Read - Trekking Must-Haves To Carry In Your Backpack

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 hospitals, 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.

Buy an Insurance Cover

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. You can buy the Trek Cover offered by Bajaj Finserv and secure your trip for a premium of just Rs.699. The plan allows you to block your missing debit/credit cards with just one call and offers you complimentary accidental insurance coverage up to Rs.1,50,000. Furthermore, in case you get stranded in the middle of your journey due to loss of wallet or baggage, the Trek Cover plan gives you the necessary travel and hotel assistance.

Additional Read - Introducing Trek Insurance By Bajaj Finserv

Pack a Safety Kit

If you’re trekking in places that do not have the right infrastructure and medical facilities, it’s best to carry your own medical 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 adequate disinfectants, 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 will ensure that you are equipped to deal with anything that comes your way.

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