Going on a trek this Independence Day weekend? Here’s a list of 10 things you should NOT do on a trek!
1) Lack of research and planning
It is of prime importance to do a complete research of the place you would be trekking to. Know about the weather conditions, the terrain, the average time required to complete the trek well in advance and plan accordingly.
2) Improper clothing & footwear
Wrong clothing and footwear could make your trek very uncomfortable and may also lead to injuries while on the trek. So make sure you have the right footwear and feel comfortable during your trek.
3) Not carrying the right equipment
4) Not carrying a first aid kit
This is probably the first thing you should pack for your trek. Needless to say, you should always carry basic medicines and ointments while trekking. It can happen that you may slip and injure yourself a bit. But that should not stop you from completing your trek!
5) Packing your backpack incorrectly
Got all your stuff ready for the trek? Packing your backpack properly can make your hike comfortable, efficient and can even save your life! Read our guide to know how to pack your trekking backpack in the right manner.
6) Party / over eat the night before
Do not go overboard the night before your trek. It is extremely important that you have a good night’s sleep and your body is fresh for the trek.
7) Going without a guide when it’s your first time
If you are going for a trek to a new place or for the first time, do not go solo. It becomes highly risky. Choose the right company / group of people or take a local guide along if you are alone.
8) Not hydrating yourself
Your fluid requirements will increase significantly when trekking even if the climate is not hot. Do not wait for the time you feel thirsty as you will already be dehydrated by then. Try and drink little but frequent quantities of water throughout the trek. Always carry a water bottle with you even if you are trekking with a large group.
9) Wrong food during the trek
Avoid eating heavy meals while on the trek. Carry simple and easily digestible foods so that you get instant energy and also do not exert your body.
10) Not knowing your limits
If you don’t have the habit of walking long distances, you can try to cover short distances and take breaks. Fatigue is a common problem that most people usually face while on an excursion. You are the only one who is aware of your physical strength and endurance, so always keep your limitations in consideration.
You will feel the ultimate thrill on your trek if you follow all the tips and guidelines properly. It will be a memorable tour that you will never forget your entire life!