We have talked on some of the things that every hiking aficionado should have in the first part. In this part, we will talk of the other essential gears you must be packing in the bag. Check what else you are missing for sure.
Added sources of Illumination: It is almost always that we rely on the phone light and handheld device torch for getting our ways, but that’s not something you can afford for hiking. If you haven’t shopped for a headlamp ever, this is the time to buy one. In the toughest conditions when you just cannot use the hands to hold something, a headlamp comes off as a good and convenient option. The next thing you need is the flashlight. Gone are times when your flashlight would stop working when wet or in water, but there are flashlights that are designed to work under every condition. Go for the expensive models you have, and you will thank yourself in trouble.
A First-aid kit: This is something most hikers don’t forget, but we included it in the list because of the things it must have. Hiking accidents and damages often can be too risky, so include everything that doesn’t include too much of weight. Tablets for pain, stomach infection, and fever are basics to keep along with essentials like cotton, scissors, hand plasters, and disinfecting lotions. Also, at the same time, don’t invest in a box as it takes unwanted space, but rather shop for those bags with many pouches for many things. Make sure the medicines are good enough for long trips.
A check on Nutrition and Hydration: Food in the mountains and jungles are scarce, and the risks are evident. Dry food is something you must carry for sure, but since the weight is a factor here, make sure to add some good number of protein bars for instant energy. No one stuffs on food when on a hike or any proficient hiker would suggest drinking any water spotted. The idea is to consider the weight and balance the food and hydration needs. There is no harm in taking huge supplies, but things like glucose power sachets, dry protein bars and some instant snacks will leave space for other essentials.
Your perfect shelter: Depending on where you are heading and for how long, make sure to make some arrangement for shelter. Some long route hikers carry their tent with them, but you can even manage in sleeping bags and garbage bags. It is advisable to do maximum research on the place you are looking to go, just to understand the extremes that may come your way. Even the pleasant weathers can change, and having something to cover for the rain, snow and sun is about being smart. Again, do think of the weight and opt for branded tents and sleeping bags that are light enough to carry.
Lastly, do include a few of the tools for repairs and sudden needs, especially for the times when you need to build a tent, cut a branch or repair a flashlight.