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Packing like a pro!

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

Going on adventures are incredible and rewarding, but it can be ruined by not being prepared. Sometimes organising yourself before an event can be the most stressful part. If you do not pack the right kinds of clothes, pack too much which causes it to be quite dense or do not pack enough can all have an effect on how well the adventure goes. However, you do not need to stress. Packing does not have to be overwhelming. I have put together a checklist that is mandatory for every great hike/ trek to run smoothly. Now, this list talks about the basics. For some walks you need additional things, but, in general terms, this is what you need:

1. Hiking boots

Your feet are the most critical asset when walking. So, you need to ensure you get the perfect shoes for the environment by considering the terrain and climate. At Elite Executive Events we recommend waterproof boots with good grip and ankle support. You need to protect your feet, and this combination will help avoid blisters and some potential injuries.

2. Insect repellent

There will be insects if you walk in any outdoor environment. These small animals can sadly ruin trips. However, this can be managed with good insect repellent. We recommend repellent with DEET, but if you are allergic, there are also other great alternatives on the market.

3. Bags

If you are going on a longer trek, your clothes will get smelly. This is unavoidable and natural. With the recent plastic ban, this can get a little tricky. But something that can keep wet, worn and dry clothes separate. The important thing is to keep your clothes you plan to wear in the coming days fresh. This will help prevent chaffing and skin rashes.

4. A pack with back support

If you plan on walking for long periods of time, then a backpack is essential. Particularly one with excellent back support. Do not let your materials be the reason you did not finish your hike. There is a lot of variety on the market that will suit your needs. But, just make sure the pack you purchase has plenty of room for the gear you need to bring.

5. Clothes that layer

Every climate needs different articles of clothing. But, it is essential to consider and purchase clothes that layer. It is much better to pack clothes that are light and layer then packing a bulky jumper. This will ensure the weight of the pack is kept to a minimum but still keep you warm in freezing climates. Your clothes need to be light, breathable and comfortable. If you are struggling on your walk, you do not want to be thinking about how uncomfortable your clothes are. Also, ensuring that you always pack clothes that are waterproof and warm are essential. The weather can be unpredictable. So, always be prepared for the worst.

6. Walking sticks

I understand that some prefer to walk without poles. However, if you are venturing on a long walk, these can be your best friend. Walking sticks take 20% of pressure off your legs, which can be important when you get to the end of the trek. Regarding what kind, the lighter the sticks, the better but any will do.

7. Sunscreen and hat

No matter what the weather, the sun can damage your skin. So try to avoid having irritated skin from the beginning by applying sunscreen and wearing a hat. Also, concerning sunscreen, pack extra! If you are walking in a group, someone will always forget, or you may run out.

8. Socks

Having good socks can make or break your walk. Blisters are very painful so trying to avoid them is crucial. The perfect hiking sock is different for many people. Some prefer merino, bamboo, cotton or even layering socks. This takes personal experimentation and research before starting your venture.

9. Headlamp

When outside in a natural environment it is naturally darker. So, avoid simple trips by bringing a light. Also, pack extra batteries! There is nothing worse than a head torch going out at 2 am…

10. Water / Food

This will depend on how long your adventure is. This could be some simple snacks and a water bottle or 4 days’ worth of food and water. Be prepared! You do not want to have to pull out due to dehydration or hunger.

11. Biodegradable wipes

Needing to go to the toilet is natural. However, many places do not have toilets along the path. So, you need to be prepared with wipes that are not going to harm the environment.

Packing for a hike is all about expecting the worst but being smart about your choices. Instead of reaching for the big jumper, going for multiple light layers would be the better option. If you ever have any questions, you can email me at

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