Whether it’s a short day hike or a multi-day trek, being prepared for your hike can ease your mind and ensure you have a great time.
- Create a packing list & assess it after each hike. See what you did and did not use, and cross off unneeded or duplicated items. This ensures you take only what you need.
- Layers Layers Layers. Make sure to pack an extra layer of clothes in your bag in case you get cold or wet and need to change.
- Try to go with the lightest equipment possible. Most of the time the lightest equipment is also the most expensive, so try to prioritise and replace your heaviest items with lighter alternatives.
- Ditch the heavy food. Freeze dried meals are a great alternative to carrying around heavy food items. Add in lighter snacks such as granola bars, dried fruit and nuts for in-between meals.
- Have a first aid kit. Don’t leave the first aid kit at home in favour of more space in your pack. Bandaids, savlon, bug repellant and sunscreen are great staples to have if you don’t want to carry a lot.