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Things to carry while backpacking in winter

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Things to carry while backpacking in winter Backpacking can be fun esp. in winters as it is one of the best seasons to explore new places and be amidst the snow topped peaks.

The experience can be even great if proper backpacking gear is taken along. A few things need to be kept in mind before setting out for backpacking.

The atmosphere in winter is pleasant as one doesn't have to deal with heat or rain. But it isn't that easy in winters too. A few tips might be helpful for all you trekkers.

The winter spots known for trekking are very difficult to climb. Not only do they have low temperatures because of winters but also because of the altitude.

Hence, it is necessary to be warm all the time. So very important is carrying the right clothes. For blocking the winds and having breathing and lung problems, wearing a therm al inside is essential.

On top of which a layer of warm clothing goes which helps maintain body temperature. Apart from these, wearing the right shoes is essential. Wear shoes which are esp. made for snow and which grip well on the snow and do not get wet are required. Tying the laces loose is advisable as it lets the blood flow which keeps one warm.

It is important to study the weather conditions prior to the scheduled climb. Also, one feels less thirsty in winters but it is essential to drink water as often as possible which keeps the body from getting dehydrated which in turn does not lose breathe when on high altitudes.

Some of the accessories one needs to carry are as listed below:

Synthetic under wears, waterproof bottoms and tops, jackets, woollen caps, UV protected sun glasses(avoid black), woollen sweater, mittens or gloves, warm fur coat, skiing boots, pairs of socks, ear plugs or cotton, light weighted woollens, Lon sleeve t-shirts(synthetic), synthetic pants.

Backpacking gear should include the following at least:

Sun screen lotion, body lotion, Chap Stick, medicines, sleeping bag, air mattresses and pillows, light weighted blanket, torch, batteries, Swiss knife, toilet papers, tissues, insulated kettle, instant foods, first aid kit, utility bags, repair kit, maps, camera, films or batteries, ropes, alarm clock, folding chairs, whistle, stove, pans, fuel, rubber chappals, water bottles, mugs, spoons, matches, lantern, insect repellent, trekking poles, lighter, helmet, masks.
These are the pre requisites before hiking.

By FW Editor

Tags: travel, explore, backpacking

Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 23 January '10

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