Trekking is the trend of multi-day hiking on your own and it reflects the desire for nature, fitness and self-awareness. In order to have as much fun as possible right from the start for the free time spent, it is crucial to carefully select the equipment as well as the first tour. The most important tips are compactly summarized here.
What is essential in the trekking backpack?
Trekking in its purest form means being on your own for at least one day and one night in nature. This makes it different from hiking, where in the evening one rather stops at a hostel and one can strengthen oneself in between in a restaurant. Common to the two hobbies is that good hiking boots are a must and rainproof clothing are recommended. In the backpack, at least the following must be packed in for your trekking tour:
- Simply energy dispensers such as nuts, chocolate or glucose
- Hygiene products such as toothbrush, plaster and sunscreen
- For multi-day tours: gas or oil cooker and instant meals
- Light tent plus sleeping bag
- Mobile phone and external battery for emergencies
- Flashlight and knife
- Be sure to pack plenty of drinking water
Plan your time for trekking
Especially for city dwellers it is a special experience to be part of the natural environment up close. In order to set up the camp in good time, a time of at least between one to two hours before sunset should be chosen. The trakker is rewarded with waking-up in the early morning, often through bird’s songs and hopefully through the sun’s rays. At first it may be a bit strange to become part of forest and meadow – but then comes the moment when the head suddenly feels free from the sounds of modern day life and the view of the small wonders of nature turns one around. And at the end of a trekking tour, the feeling of satisfaction usually sets in when you have proven yourself to be able to handle longer distances on foot and without outside help.
Start the organization in good time
At least one to two weeks before the first trekking tour, the preparations should begin. You first start with tips online, then come discussions with experienced people and possibly you enter the appropriate trekking club. Because not only the equipment must be put together, but also the target must be selected. For beginners, there are definitely hiking trails that are marked. Otherwise, at least card reading should be tried out in a home environment. It is also important not to overestimate yourself. A daily amount of 10 to 15 kilometers of route sounds easier than it really is in reality with altitude differences and poorly fitting paths. If you have health problems, you should talk to the family doctor if they are opposed to the project trekking or what needs to be done individually to avoid complications. Last but not least, there is also the possibility of resorting to the help of trekking providers who take over the transport of luggage and the preparation of overnight camps. In any case, the first trekking result has already inspired many to plan the second tour right away.