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Trekking Must-Haves To Carry In Your Backpack

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  • Ensure you carry sufficient drinking water

  • Pack snacks that are light and nutritious

  • Be sure to purchase the trekking gear you need

  • Buy a trek insurance policy for additional safety

Nature is extremely unpredictable, which is why you should always be prepared for the worst. While a book or a music player will help you unwind during the trip, you must have with you all the things required for trekking that you may need in an unfortunate situation. You may not be able to control the weather or the terrain, but you certainly can pack for it.

Here are 5 trekking essentials things you must have when you go on a trek the ultimate hiking checklist & hiking packing list.

Ample Water and Related Supplies

Trekking can cause strain on your body and staying hydrated is one way of keeping yourself in good health and ensuring that your energy levels stay constant. Apart from carrying a few bottles of water, identify stops where you can buy more water if need be beforehand. Also carry a refillable bottle and water purifying tablets for when you must rely on rivers and streams for drinking water.

Nutritious Food

Trekking can be exhausting, and refuelling with nutritious food is important. Carry food that is light, energy-rich, easy to eat on the go, and has a long shelf life. You can also consider dehydrated meal packs that you can add water to and cook at your campsite. As a thumb rule, always carry more than you think you will need. This will help you prepare for unexpected halts or delays.

Additional Read - Going On A Trek? 5 Tips To Get You Physically Fit

The Right Gear – Hiking Gear List 

Your skin needs protection from sun, water, and wind for you to trek comfortably, so stock up on moisturiser and sunscreen. In addition, buy gear that will make your trek easier on your body, be it a waterproof sleeping bag, thermal clothes, a trekking pole, moisture-resistant clothing, rainproof jackets or sturdy shoes. Also, be sure to pack painkillers, disinfectants and other basic medication in a first aid kit to tackle any injuries or illnesses that you, or your fellow trekkers may encounter.

Travel Insurance

No matter how well you prepare yourself, there could be incidents that are beyond your control. In such cases, a trek insurance policy could be of immense help. Purchasing the Trek Cover by Bajaj Finserv can be a smart option to safeguard yourself from any eventuality that you may encounter during your trek. For instance, in case you lose your wallet with your credit and debit cards in it, you can block all payment cards by simply making a phone call to the insurer.


Offered under Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions offered by Bajaj Finserv, this plan can be opted for at a nominal premium of Rs. 699. To apply for this plan, you may fill in an online application from and make the payment using your preferred online payment mode.


Additional Read - Why You Need Insurance When You Plan A Trek

Emergency Information

In the event that you don’t have access to your smartphone, you must be prepared with a map that will help you navigate your way. In addition, ensure that you have all the emergency contact numbers in your diary, as well as the details of individuals from your basecamp. In case you need to send for help or you are separated from the rest of your group, this information will come handy.

Don’t leave your packing until the absolute last minute. Instead, start packing a week in advance so that you don’t miss out on these important essentials!

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