Trekking is an enthralling, adventurous activity that will bring you to the distinctive beauty of nature.

The world is full of charming places you will want to go trekking. Many people no longer treat trekking as a leisure activity but a profession. This means that to become a good trekker, there are vital things that you must consider.

This article will help you become a better trekker by providing you with these top trekking essentials.

Trekking essentials to take with you

A good backpack

The same way you’d ensure that you bought a shoe that perfectly fits your legs, is the same way you should ensure you get a backpack that best suits your trekking requirements. This should be number one on your hiking gear list.

The main feature to look at in a backpack is the capacity, which equals to the weight you intend to carry. And the load is determined by the length of your trek.

For a one day trek, you can carry a daypack. They’re light and strong enough to accommodate up to 5 KGs of weight. They mostly come in a 20L and 30L capacity, and the best ones have a hip strap that helps distribute the weight evenly.

If you are going for a one week trek, you’ll need a backpack of 40L, 50L or 60L. They carry between 8 and 13KGs and have more straps for even weight distribution and improved comfort. It’s very important to invest in a few trekking bags depending on the length of your hike.

For treks longer than a week you’ll require an expedition backpack. They come in much bigger capacities of 70, 80 and 90L and are strong enough to carry trekking gear of up to 30KGs. Their internals is made out of aluminum or stainless steel.

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Trekking Essentials to Carry While Hiking

True Wireless Earbuds

Music is the best motivation to get you going when out on a trekking activity. With your favorite tunes playing in your ears, you can complete your trek without feeling exhausted or the urge to stop. For this matter, you need a pair of true wireless earbuds on your list of trekking essentials.

Picking the right pair of Earbuds is always the challenge.

Before you purchase a trekking Earbuds, make sure it has a quick pause button to keep you safe from dangers involved in the activity.

Not every headset you find marked sport is best for your trekking activity. The first thing to consider while buying a trekking Earbuds is the lifespan of its battery after recharging and the technology used on the Bluetooth connectivity, as well as noise isolation and waterproof features.

Fitness Tracker

You’ll need this mostly to track the distance you’ve gone and the calories you’ve burned in your body.

If you consider weightlifting and running treadmills the best way to maintain your fabulous body shape, then you should try trekking. You will not have to worry about a target heart rate or a pattern of jumps.

You’re just strolling and enjoying the nature and at the same time adding some value to your body. The question is how you will know how much you’ve achieved while trekking. You’ll need a fitness band, a wearable that will keep tabs on your vital signs and provide you with quantifiable data of your exercise.

For a trekking activity, you’ll need a fitness tracker with an altimeter to measure the heights you climb.

Power Bank

Today people pack a lot of computer things while going for a trek than they used to carry when flying to the moon. There’s a GoPro, a smartphone, a digital camera, and the best of all, the Android fitness tracker.

All these devices are essential for a hike, but all of them run on rechargeable batteries. And where would you find a power outlet in the woods? That is why a portable power bank must be a must-carry item for a trekking activity. And you don’t just need a power bank, but a long-lasting power bank.

When trekking on high and cold areas, the coldness depletes even the strongest of power batteries to zero charges.This is a must-have for longer treks to add to your hiking gear list.

Trekking Boots

The best trekking boots have a sticky rubber sole with lug for better grip of your trekking ground, must have ankle support and be waterproof.

Best trekking boots should be a perfect fit for your legs. They shouldn’t be tight in any way and should give you space to wiggle your toes. Before you set off on your trekking adventure, ensure you fit your boots with the socks you intend to wear.

If you do not wear the right boots, then your shoes will tell the real difference between bliss and blisters. This is a must-have trekking essential.

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Trekking Essentials to Carry While Hiking

Good quality sunglasses

Good quality sunglasses are essential while hiking. Make sure that they are both polarized and have strong UV protection. Here are a few great options for sunglasses for hiking.

Mountain Hike Packing List

What should I pack if I am hiking in the mountains for 4-6 days?

Hiking usually requires good equipment. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and good quality trekking socks.

Technical clothing

  • Waterproof, breathable jacket with hood
  • Insulated jacket, synthetic or down
  • Soft jacket, fleece or soft shell
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts, lightweight, moisture-wicking material
  • Short-sleeved shirt, lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Waterproof, breathable pants (side zipper recommended)
  • 2 hiking pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
  • Fleece pants
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Long underwear (moisture-wicking material recommended)
  • 3 Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • 2 Sports bras (women)


  • Brimmed hat for sun protection
  • Knit hat for warmth
  • Half mask to cover face (optional)
  • Bandana (optional)


  • Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
  • Glove lining, thin, synthetic, under gloves for extra warmth (optional)


  • Hiking boots, warm, waterproof, broken in, with extra laces
  • Sneakers to wear in camp (optional)
  • 3 socks, thick, wool or synthetic
  • 3 sock liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
  • Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

Optional accessories

Additional items

  • Toiletries (optional)
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent, contains DEET
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper (provided)
  • Wet wipes (recommended)
  • Snacks, light, high calorie, high energy (optional)
  • Pencil and notebook, miniature, for logbook (optional)
  • Camera, with extra batteries (optional)


Carrying your essential trekking items is very important, even when you’re going for a one day trek. Never assume that something is so minor if it’s on the packing list, ensure you carry it with you. Most people never appreciate the value of trekking essentials until they find themselves in need of what they left behind.

Pack all the trekking essentials, but remember, that the most truly essential trekking requirement is between your ears. Enjoy your trek!

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