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How To Pack Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip

Tips for Packing Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip

Hiking is an excellent way to enjoy nature, connect with those around you or enjoy some quiet time, and participate in physical activity. A long trek that spans days instead of hours requires careful planning to ensure you’re fully prepared for your trip. Learning how to pack, what to pack and what to leave at home is vital to experiencing nature in a safe, enjoyable way.

How To Pack Light

What to Pack for Your Long Trek


  • Small hip pouch
  • Compass
  • Area and trail map
  • Water filter
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Food supply
  • Waterproof matches
  • First-aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Whistle
  • Bug repellent


  • Boots/shoes adequate for terrain
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking socks


  • Convertible nylon pants and shorts combination
  • Fleece pullover
  • Polypropylene undershirts and pants
  • Hat with wide brim
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket and rain pants
  • Gloves


  • I.D.
  • Money
  • 50-foot nylon rope
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Small sewing kit
  • Pencil, paper
  • Waterproof watch


  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Weather radio
  • Field guides
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket Stove

Deciding What to Leave at Home

Most experts will say that when you’re packing for a long trek you should lay out all the items you think you need, and then put half of them away. Flip-flops, hair products and shaving gear are items you can live without for a few days. Likewise, carrying them will add weight to the bag you’ll be carrying on your back for many hours. When it comes to a long trek, a few ounces of weight can make a big difference. Lay out everything you feel you need, then be blatantly honest about whether or not you really do.

How to Pack Your Trekking Bag

  1. Ensure the bulk of your trekking bag’s weight is centred near your hips by placing heavier items near the bottom of the backpack.
  2. Divide your bag into sections using larger items so it’s easier to find the smaller things.
  3. Roll your clothing to conserve space.


If you’re planning on trekking at high altitude, then take a look at the following video for more essential tips:

Extra Tips for Your Long Trek

  1. Store your mobile phone in an easily accessed pocket or keep it in your hand in case of an emergency.
  2. Maintain comfort and ensure a good night’s sleep by keeping your sleeping bag dry.
  3. Pack a supply of zip closure carrier bags to store wet or dirty clothing so it doesn’t make your other supplies wet and dirty, too.

Plan for the Experience of a Lifetime

There’s nothing like taking your adventure to the next step by discovering a place for the first time or all over again from a hiking trail, mountain top or valley. Your long trek will be full of moments you’ll savour and remember for a lifetime. Let the focus remain on enjoying your trip and the beauty around you by packing for safety and comfort.

About The Author: Paul Deakin  A complete mountainaholic. A bad day in the mountains is better than a good day in the office.

After spending far too much of my life in the corporate world, the Big C kindly gave me a profound kick up the backside at the age of 40 and set me off travelling and hiking.
Not only did I see some great mountains I met some wonderful people: starting with my wife Jane with whom I founded Private Expeditions and of course our three wonderful bosses Emanuel in Tanzania, Pimba in Nepal and Jose in Peru.
Having Climbed Kilimanjaro twice, Mera Peak twice and walked for 18 days with a broken leg I think its safe to say I have gone one step beyond.
I also have Google authorship set up if that will be any use to you. You can find my Google+ profile here
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