Last Update on April 28, 2015 // Written by Hank No Comments

Trekking in the great outdoors in one of life’s most fantastic pursuits. You breathe in the crisp mountain air and take on Mother Nature. You could find yourself scaling small mountains, following river paths or heading deep inside a valley. Wherever you choose to go, there’s no doubt you’ll feel a sense of awe and wonder. However, without your essential items, you might find yourself in danger. The great outdoors should be treated with respect and that means planning well ahead. Here is our complete list of essentials for any outdoor trip.  

  1. Map and compass

  If you find yourself lost and off the trail, you’ll need a map and a compass. There’s nothing scarier than suddenly realising you’re lost, and the light’s fading. Learn how to use a compass and always carry it with you. 2

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  1. Tent and sleeping bag

  If you’re planning an overnight trip, these are a necessity. Even in the summer, the nights get cold, and the wind will pick up. Every outdoor fitness freak knows you should not skimp on the cost here. Buy the best tent and sleeping bag you can afford. They’ll keep you warm and dry.  
  1. Torch 

You don’t know how important a torch is until you don’t have one! You’ve never seen darkness until you’ve sat alone in the great outdoors. There is no light source whatsoever. Your torch will help you pitch a tent at night, unpack your kit and just about everything else.  
  1. Writing materials

  This might not be the first thing you think of, but you’ll be very pleased you brought them. Annotating the map is a good way to stay on track. If you’re orienteering, you’ll want to take notes as you go along. We tend to use Rite in the Rain waterproof paper and notebooks to keep everything dry.  
  1. Extra clothing

  Your clothes will take quite a beating out on the track. Whether it’s rain, sweat, blood or mud, they’ll be a mess by the end of day one. There is no better feeling than putting on a brand new pair of clean socks or a t-shirt. Always carry spares and start the next day fresh.  
  1. First aid and signalling devices

  No-one likes to think they’ll need these on their trip, but you can never be too careful. One trip on a rock and you could severely injure yourself. A cut to the leg or a twisted ankle could end your hike. You need to tend to the wound immediately to stop infection. If you find yourself lost after dark, flares will be your saviour. Carry a few, as well as a whistle to signal for attention.  
  1. Firestarter and matches

  You may set off thinking you’ll just rub two sticks together for fire. But, have you ever actually tried to do it? It’s nigh impossible for the beginner. Take a firestarter and matches with you to get a fire going. It’s not cheating, it’s just good sense!   Never venture into the wild without the proper planning or care. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!  

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