Our first trek of the year sets off next week so we thought it would be the perfect time to remind ourselves of the trekking essentials! Let us talk you through your kit essentials, the importance of training, the value of a good pair of walking boots and last but definitely not least – the power of your mind!
It is important to pack specifically for the trek that you have signed up to. We have put together a general trekking kit list below, but be sure to tailor it to your challenge depending on its intensity and duration.
- Walking boots and 5 pairs of trekking socks
- Protective sun hat/cap
- Shorts x 2
- Trekking trousers (zip-off pair ideal)
- Warm jumper/good quality fleece
- Long sleeve shirt x 1
- Thermals or something warm to sleep in
- Waterproof trousers and jacket
- Thermal/warm jacket for evening
- Trekking poles
- Trainers/spare footwear for evenings
- Underwear and socks
- Warm hat and gloves – it is very important you are well equipped for your trek as this will make your experience more enjoyable.
Break your boots in
Once you have purchased a good pair of trekking boots, we strongly recommend you begin to break them in by taking short walks and building up your distance from there – or even wearing them for non-demanding tasks like sitting at your desk? There is nothing worse than having blisters all over your feet when you are on a week-long trek, you will not only be in a lot of pain but it will also distract your attention from the amazing challenge you are experiencing.
It’s a pretty obvious one but you’d be surprised by the number of people who decide to skip this key step. Be sure to build up your leg strength prior to your trek with some good old fashion squats and lunges. This muscle area is key for your trek so the stronger they are, the more trek-ready you will be. In addition to this, it is important to train in similar conditions to your trek. If you know the terrain of your challenge is particularly tough, then try and mimic similar conditions so you can adjust to this.
The power of your mind plays a significant role in your trekking experience. Undoubtedly you will encounter tough climbs, challenging heights, and rough terrain – but the important thing to remember is it is all about how you prepare yourself mentally for this. Feeling positive and projecting good energy will only help you when you are overcoming an obstacle. This feel-good attitude will also rub off on your trekking group which can only bring everyone closer as you offer support and guidance to one another. Of course, you may feel nervous or unsure how to tackle a certain climb but with a positive attitude, you are sure to succeed as you push yourself past your limits and conquer your challenge!! Remember… mind over matter.
Now you are all clued up – you are ready to take on any challenge! If you have a trek coming up we would love to hear how your training is going, or if you have read this post and are currently not signed up, we have an exciting selection of challenges you can choose from. Head to our website here to find out more. Happy trekking 🙂