Preparing to rendezvous with the Sahyadris?
Here’s an exhaustive checklist of all the things you’ll ever need for your adventure!
For Summer/Winter One-Day treks:
- Basic First Aid kit*
- Identity Card
- Trail/ region map
- Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
- Water (Minimum two litres.)
- Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.) OR Lemon and salt.
- Calorie dense snacks (Nuts & Dry fruits, Plum Cake, Chocolate bar, etc.)
- Fruit Juice/drink (Mazaa, Tropicana, etc. )
- Insect repellent (Odomos, Good Knight fabric roll-on, etc.)
- Hand Sanitizer (Dettol, Lifebuoy, etc.)
- Spare newspaper & Tissues
- Multi-Tool/ Swiss Army Knife
- Torch/ Headlamp with spare batteries.
- Safety Pins, Rubber bands & Whistle (Useful in emergencies.)
- Optional: Rope, Camera.
For Monsoon treks:
- Quick Dry T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
- Additional set of clothes, socks, etc.
- Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices.
For Multi day treks (in addition to above):
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
- Rehydration pouch/ bladder
- Tent & Sleeping Bag/ Mat
- Trekking pole
- A spare set of clothes & footwear (Floaters, sandals, etc.)
- Water filter/ Thin cotton cloth & water purification tablet.
- Instant food (soup, noodles, etc.)
- Antiperspirant powder
- Magnesium Flint/ Match boxes (Or candles, to be used as last resort.)
- Cotton swabs (Use it to loosely cover your ears at night.)
- Basic Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Chewing Gum, Mouthwash, Shower gel (for use as face wash, shampoo & washing clothes, etc.)
- If there are few/ unreliable commercial establishments at the destination, carrying a toilet seat sanitizer spray is a good idea (Peesafe, Uspray, etc.).
*First aid kit:
- Band aids (Regular & Waterproof)
- Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
- Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
- Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine based powders like Cipladine, Savlon, etc.)
- Cotton roll & Bandage
- Crepe Bandage
- 1 inch wide medical tape (paper or cloth.)
- Micropore tape
- Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
- Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)
Note: Always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.
-Always carry a bit of extra cash and preferably in different places.
(I learnt this the hard way 😛 )
-Always make sure someone knows where you are going (You have seen 127 Hours, right?) and the tentative schedule as well, if possible.
-Always check frequency of public transport from remote locations as well as time for the last bus/train back from the village.
-Preferably wear full sleeved/ length clothes that won’t restrict your movement and also protect you from insect bites and scratches.
-Never wear valuables or jewellery.
-Do not smoke, litter or vandalize.
-Do not consume liquor or other intoxicants.
NOTE: The information provided in this post is for informational purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore, strictly at your own risk.
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