5 Things to Know Before Planning Your Next Outdoor Trek
Although you may believe trekking is easy (since you’re essentially walking), things aren’t always so simple. A successful trek relies on a sufficient level of fitness, pre-trip planning, and the necessary equipment.

To make your next outdoor trek a wonderful experience for you and your friends or family, let’s discuss five essential things you should know.

1. What To Pack for Your Next Outdoor Trek

Although packing for a short trek doesn’t require too much, you’ll want the proper equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Here is a list of essential items to bring on your next outdoor trek:

  • Adequate Water: Water is the most important item you can bring in order to prevent dehydration. Ensure you have enough water for everybody on the trip, and make sure to hydrate throughout the day.
  • Adequate Food: For energy (and to avoid rumbling bellies), it’s essential to bring food on your next outdoor trek.
  • Navigation Tools: To prevent getting lost, make sure to bring a map, compass, or GPS.
  • Safety Items: These items include a firestarter, whistle, and flashlight.
  • First-Aid Kit: First-aid kits are essential for treating wounds and preventing infections.
  • Multi-Purpose Tool: Either bring a multi-purpose tool or knife in case you need to cut fabric.
  • Sun Protection: Bring enough sunscreen to last the entire trek. Consider a higher SPF that can last a little longer to make the most of your space.
  • Bug Spray: Bug spray is essential to deal with insects and mosquitos. You should also pack or wear long sleeves to avoid exposure to ticks.
  • Backpack: Bring a heavy-duty backpack to store all of your gear. 
  • Toiletries: If there aren’t public toilets available on your trek, bring the necessary toiletries. You’ll be glad that you did!

2. What to Wear for Your Next Outdoor Trek

You’ll want to wear long-sleeved pants and shirts with the proper outdoor fabric. Avoid wearing shorts and jeans. Instead, wear a pair of pants that are lightweight and comfortable. Furthermore, make sure to wear the appropriate hiking shoes depending on which trail you’re trekking on. 

For instance, if you’re planning to trek on tough mountainous terrain, you’ll want to get a pair of rugged mountaineering boots. You should dress in layers, bring a hat, wear long socks, and avoid cotton, since it absorbs moisture.

3. What to Eat Before Your Trek

Trekking should be treated just like any other sporting activity. You’ll want to eat a healthy and energy-inducing meal before your trek. 

In addition to drinking plenty of water, you should eat things like:

  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Whole-wheat toast
  • Whole-grain pasta
  • Whole-grain cereal
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Brown rice

These foods are all easy to digest and provide a lot of energy for your outdoor trek. You generally want to avoid eating protein before a trek because it takes longer to digest and can make you feel sluggish.

4. The Food to Bring on Your Trek

Here’s a list of healthy and nutritious snacks you can bring on your next outdoor trek:

  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Bananas
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Cereal

You can also bring jerky if you want a salty, protein-filled snack.

5. How to Plan Your Trek

As you’re planning your next trek, it’s important to check the weather, locate the exact trail you’ll be hiking on, and plan how much time you need to get back before dark.

Lastly, we recommend hiking with at least one other person or telling a friend where you are going and when you expect to be back. 

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