Packing for a Trek | top tips
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These items will make you happy while on trek. This is based on personal experience of trekking on my own and with family.
Quick Dry towel - no lodge except the luxury ones, give you towels, and a good size quick dry towel is great to have, though you do not take too many showers on treks.
Wet wipes - a quick pay down shower when required, and super useful.
Dry fruits and nuts - a great snack, and light weight to carry.
Spare sunglasses - you will be surprised how many people forget their sunglasses at the last lodge a day behind
Buff - these are fantastic as headgear and scarf.
River sandals - tie down river sandals have a good grip and good protection. You will be very happy to have it when you reach a lodge and need to air your feet. At the same time, they can double as a spare walking gear, just in case your trusted boots give way.
Life straw water bottle - great for quick purification and let's you drink great tasting water from everywhere.. No need for tasteless iodine or chlorine purification.
A small game. Evenings in the lodges are either for entertaining yourself and the fellow trekkers or for sleeping. Have a game handy. You will make quick friends
Toilet paper - of you like a soft wipe of the backside, take your own grade of loo roll.
Small bags - so you can separate the dirty laundry from the clean.
About two meters of thin rope and a carabiner or two - you will be surprised how handy these are when things fall apart.
Silk liner - super lightweight and adds several degrees of warmth inside the sleeping bag. Also, you can always just use the liner or under the bedsheets or blankets.