Trek kit list
- Walking boots
A pair of good quality boots that are well-broken in. Gore-Tex or leather is advised.
- Lightweight walking shoes/trainers
For walking around the city and campsite at night. To rest your feet when you're not walking. Flip flops are advised to air your feet in the evenings.
- Lightweight walking trousers (2 pairs)
- Socks (3-4 pairs)
We recommend thick, sports/trekking socks as well as 4-5 normal pairs of comfortable socks.
- Normal underwear
- Warm layered tops (2-3)
Layers are the key to keeping warm if the weather becomes cold in the evenings. One thin fleece and one medium fleece would be adequate and are better than one large, thick coat. They can be peeled off or put on accordingly.
- Lightweight long sleeve shirts
Breathable, quick-drying, not cotton, to cover up from the sun and insects
- T-shirts (3-4)
Fabrics that wick are best particularly if you sweat a lot. They also dry faster than cotton T-shirts (available at most gear shops)
Can be very comfortable for hiking, they should be quick drying, and preferably not cotton.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
Must be completely windproof and waterproof, not showerproof, Gore-Tex is best although there are many other alternatives that are adequate. It must fit comfortably while wearing warm clothing and wearing your rucksack. (Rain jacket with hood should be sufficient to withstand a day of rain or snow.)
- Casual clothes
For the evenings, travelling and celebration dinner
A warm and preferably waterproof pair
- Wool hat
- Sunhat (important)
- Light scarf and bandana
For sun protection around neck
- Daypack or small rucksack
Minimum 30-35 litre capacity, with an effective waist harness and chest strap, and comfortable shoulder straps. It should be large enough to carry extra clothing like rain jacket and pants, sweater, gloves, hat, along with your lunch and snack food and water bottle.
- Trekking poles
We highly recommend one or two trekking poles as they will ease the pressure off your knees and will help with steep ascents/descents.
- Water bottle or Camel Pack
At least two litres capacity.
- High factor suncream and lip salve
- Personal toiletries
Small size, lightweight. A quick drying travel towel is convenient.
- Large thick plastic rubbish bags (2-4)
These should be used to line your bag to ensure gear stays dry and for dirty/wet clothes.
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Personal medical kit
It's your responsibility to bring sufficient quantities of any specific medications you require.
- Blister protection (e.g Blistex or Compeed pads)
- Insect repellent (in the tropics, only repellents containing DEET are effective)
- Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, or equivalent headache remedy
- Antiseptic hand wipes or hand washing gel
- A mild anti-nausea drug if you are concerned about motion sickness
- A general antibiotic treatment, antacid tablets, anti-diarrhoeal and indigestion preparations. Please discuss this with your doctor prior to gaining a prescription.
- Cold and flu suppressant (with climate changes, colds are common).
- Elastic bandage or sports strapping
- A pair of nail scissors and tweezers.
Plus lots of spare memory cards, chargers/spare batteries
- Snack food
Such as dried fruits, chocolate
- Sleeping bag liner
To add warmth to your sleeping bag
- Isotonic drink powder or tablets
- Waterproof camera bag
- Small sewing kit
- Playing cards
- Reading material, notebook and pen
- Small padlocks