Whether you are about to walk the Camino de Santiago, Appalachian Trail or do a local hike, you need to be prepared. And you know what it’s like, you’re
about to set off on the trip of a lifetime, and you have your must have list of what to take – there is the passport, ticket toothbrush – however there are always the hidden, last minute items that you are likely to forget and will wish you hadn’t, here’s my top #10 list:
- Good broken in pair of Shoes (be in hiking boots or hiking sandals – whatever works for you and that you’ve already walked in for hours or days without getting blisters)
- Walking stick – a good one, buy or find one on route as soon as
- A good Backpack, while this sounds like a given, trust me, some weigh a ton even when empty or if you get one too big you are likely to fill it, so it’s a fine balance to find the one for you.
- Water filter bottle (gentoo is my favourite – filters it well enough to make tap water digestible almost anywhere, so you can refill on route. Boil water first in some countries, then cool and add to bottle, trick I used in Thailand where I drank only tap water)
- Real Woollen Thermals; nights and mornings can get cold and its must easier, smaller to take than jumpers, real wool will also wick sweat away from
your body or keep rain out.
- Rain poncho; it is likely to rain, somewhere, sometime, and somehow be prepared.
- Earplugs; not every night is a blissful one, so be prepared to pull out and use as needed.
- All purpose Ointment/ Salve; blisters, cuts, scrapes, bruises, aching muscles, dry lips – skin, are all but a few things that come up when you’re on the road all day, having something that works to deal with them is staple – I of course use my own Wayfarers Magic Comfrey Ointment.
- A few band-aids, you just never know.
- A positive attitude and some self worth; it’s not a competition – you don’t need to be the fastest, best or fittest. Enjoy, stop and smell the flowers, be present.
And be sure to leave; your troubles, your worries and your every day life. Just writing this list makes me hit the road. Anything I missed that you would add to my list???
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