Dos and Don’ts of a Trek – Trekking is like meditation to some people, it is one of the best ways to rejuvenate and heal while you explore different places, new terrains, cultures and meet new people, but your exploration experience can completely flip over due to minor casualties. For that to not happen to you let’s provide you with some trekking wisdom inclusive of some Dos and Don’ts of a Trek:
Let’s cover the Don’ts first:
Don’t over pack: You must be an acute minimalist when it comes to trekking or hiking. Leave behind all those extra toiletries, medicines (carry basic), food items and accessories, for ex: a good body wash should suffice for a hand wash, shampoo, face wash and even a mild detergent in case.
- Carry the lightest pair of footwear and wear the heaviest.
- Do not carry extra towels and clothes, keep the lightest ones, which are easy to carry, dry and fold. (Tip: Avoid cotton but rather use microfiber fabric or breathable wool fabric with a windproof jacket.)
- Avoid extra cutlery and cookware.
Don’t use earphones or play loud music: Doing so can detach you from your surroundings and you can miss on hints of an upcoming danger like an animal cry or your pal’s call.No unnecessary shouting, as it can cause an avalanche.
Don’t pollute the nature: Keep all your trash and other waste in a separate packet.
- Dig holes and use leaves, mud or snow to cover your excreta with pebbles (make sure to discuss with your group what pattern you are using to mark it).
- Do not lite unnecessary fires, as that can cause damage to the forest or ecosphere in total.
- Don’t pollute natural water resources. You can always use the water and do your washing away from the source.
Maintain pace: Make sure you start slow and gradually pace up.
- Try to stretch and warm up before you begin your trek to avoid muscle pull or cramps.
- Don’t run but walk. Maintain harmony between your breath and pace.
Let do the Do’s now:
- Do start walking and exercising 2 or 3 months prior to build stamina.
- Your backpack and its weight should suit your physique, take expert advice before you buy it and load stuff in it.
- Do carry moisturizer, sunscreen (preferably SPF 50 plus), dry fruits and electrolyte packets.
- Carry minimum electronic gadgets like power bank, torch etc.
- Check the weather forecast of the place you are visiting beforehand.
- Try and use everything beforehand you are carrying for your treks like clothes, shoes and other gadgets, to make them fit like a second skin and avoid any unnecessary bites.
- Get a basic health check-up done before going on an expedition. Know your BP levels, allergies, etc.
- Take proper rest (no unnecessary breaks) and water intake during the trek.
- Keep in mind, you are individuals but in a team.
Keep these Dos and Don’ts of a Trek in mind before you set off and be receptive to new experiences and learnings. Maintain calm and your breath and grow through it.