17+ Trekking Essentials to include in Packing list

Are you planning for a trekking adventure with your buddies? But you aren’t sure what all to carry for the splendid adventure? Then we are here with a checklist of what all essentials you require to have a hassle free trekking experience.

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Trekking essentials don’t stop to trekking shoes and backpack, but you do require various other essentials that would make your trip smooth and easy. You should be prepared for any circumstances, especially if you are trekking for longer duration and that is why we have listed top 14 plus trekking essentials for men.


1. Trackpant or Track Suit

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Always invest in clothing that gives you utmost comfort and a good tracksuit will give the right amount of comfort and ease will trekking. If you don’t want to invest in a tracksuit, you should definitely get your hands on waterproof track pants with secure pockets to keep essentials like money, tissues and more.

2. Rucksack

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As your rucksack would carry all your trekking essential it is important that you purchase a big enough to keep all the essentials but it shouldn’t weigh you down. Buy rucksack based upon the duration of your travel and we would ask you to invest in a waterproof rucksack that is light, durable and definitely comfortable.

3. Trekking Shoes

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Trekking Shoes is probably an essential trekking stuff that you must buy with a good research. Look for a good fit and grip, comfort and supportable trekking shoes that would let you enjoy your trekking experience. Waterproof, dirt resistant and other technology based trekking shoes are quite famous and apt for your trekking trip.

4. Poncho

important essentials to carry while trekkingPoncho is must have especially if you are trekking in a rainy region. Find out your trekking region’s weather condition and if it’s windy then get a woolen poncho and if it’s rainy then opt for a waterproof poncho that would protect your body from any weather condition.

5. Sports Tees

backpacking packing list for menAlways look for tees that are woven with synthetic fibres which will keep you dry when you sweat, and nothing can be better than sports tee. Choose sports tees that are lightweight, breathable, absorbent. You could go from customised sports tee to graphic sports t- the choice is yours.

6. Quick Drying Undergarments (Underwear, Vest made of Nylon & Polypropylene)

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It is important that you pick quick drying undergarments that are made from nylon, spandex polyester, polypropylene and other synthetic fibres as you wouldn’t get the luxury of drying your inners for long hours. You need to be quick yet comfortable.

7. Long Sleeve Shirts

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Protect yourself from the harsh UVA/UVB rays with long sleeve shirt. Opt for lightweight fabric, moisture wicking, resist wear and tear that would make your trekking experience get going as well as make you look smart. Carry at least 2-3 long sleeve shirts.

8. Geo Watch

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Who needs a compass or map when Geo watch will help you track the temperature, altitude, barometric pressure and even work in the lowest temperature say -10 degrees? Yes, Get yourself a pro trek watch that is designed for outdoor activities and travel light.

9. Socks

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Comfortable feet are the best thing for a happy trekking adventure. And you ought to have 4-5 pair of socks that will suffice you even for a week or 10-day trek adventure. Pick moisture wicking, synthetic, wool material socks that would prevent dampness in your feet and provide the right support during your trek.

10. Handkerchiefs and Towels

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Handkerchiefs are a sign of a gentleman and during your adventure trip, you need to carry cotton handkerchiefs that would wipe away the sweat, clean your face. If you don’t want to carry handkerchiefs, then you can switch to small cotton towels that are handy and soft on the face.

11. Thermal

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High altitude trekking demands proper insulation, clothing, and thermals will act as the first line of defence from the chill winds. Don’t opt for bulky thermals instead go for lightweight yet good insulator thermals (both top and bottom) and stay warm in colder regions.

12. Nightwear

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After a tiring day of trekking, you do require comfortable nightwear that would let you easily doze off to sleep. Cotton tee and yoga pants would be ideal nightwear. For colder region do pick long sleeve woolen nightwear.

13. Flip Flops

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You definitely don’t want to be all day in trekking shoes and that is why we want you to give your feet some rest with flip flops. When you are river walking or when you aren’t trekking for the day, you need comfy footwear and flip flops are the best footwear, buy a good grip and anti-fall flip flops that would suit the trekking destination.

14. Fleece Jacket

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Get a casual fleece jacket that would occupy most of the space in your rucksack yet give good protection for the environment. Check for fleece jackets that are equipped with windproof layers, breathability, warm and definitely durable and lightweight. You can opt vibrant colors that would bring style and dapper look.

15. Flashlight

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You never want to be lost in the dark, especially when you are in your trekking region. Stash your backpack with travel-friendly flashlight and do carry extra batteries so that you are well equipped even in an emergency situation.

16. First Aid Supplies

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Never forget to stock up the first aid supplies that can come in handy during an unexpected emergency. Only carry the essentials like cold and flu medicines, scissors, bandage, cotton, dettol, hand sanitizer and other emergency essentials.

17. Trekking poles

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Climbing and descending the trails can be a challenging task and that is why you must invest in lightweight, durable trekking poles that have an excellent rubber grip, anti-shock mechanism and lets you trek in confidence and ease.

Other Packing List to Carry in Backpack

  • High Calorie Foods (i.e chocolate, dry-fruits, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick Drying Bath Towel
  • Knife
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack Rain Cover
  • Medical Kit
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Duct Tape
  • Torch
  • Nylon Rope/Bungee Cords
  • Map and Compass
  • Waterproof matches/lighter/candles
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet Tissue
  • Camera
  • Cold cream
  • Water filter or Water purification tablets
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Repair/sewing kit
  • Binoculars
  • Power Bank

We hope this article helps you in packing the right essentials for your adventure-filled trip. If you would like to suggest any more essentials, then do write in the comments below.

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