The Outdoor Traveller
Youve been bitten by the adventure bug
its the outdoors youre looking forward to. Heres help
to get you through the nitty gritties of packing light and right.
- Pack essentials food, clothing and maps of the area.
Ideally, food should be packaged in tins or packets.
- Daytime and evening temperatures can vary vastly when you are out
in the open include a warm jacket or coat in your backpack.
Rainwear is a good idea for the sudden squall.
- Jeans and track pants wear well and its a good idea to
carry extra pairs of socks.
- A plastic clothesline helps you to dry washed clothes if its
a long trip youre looking at.
- A First-Aid kit is a must. Apart from the usual, pack in
prescription drugs if you happen to be on any and a spare pair of
spectacles. It makes a whole lot of sense to find out in advance
about the nearest Medical Centre to your camping site, in case of
- Carry plastic bags to separate dry and wet clothes, clean and
dirty clothes in your backpack. For the odd squall, a plastic sheet
to drape your backpack is a good idea.
- Wrap the matchboxes in plastic to protect them from damp and dont
forget to pack in a torch with spare batteries.
- Carry an updated map, and definitely a compass.
- A Swiss army knife will come in handy.
- Buy film for your camera sometimes small towns do not sell
- If your hiking boots are new, remember to break into them before
- Trudging through rain and snow without rain-protective boots?
Slip a plastic bag on over your socks to prevent your feet getting
- While trekking carry a pouch of salt or cigarette that will come
in handy in a leech infested area.
- If you've run out of sun block during a trek, toothpaste serves
as a good substitute.