We relaunch our blog with this article from On Track Expeditions guide and Operations Manager Ian Lumb sharing his top 3 things to pack for our 2020 treks
Sunglasses – Whether you’re at the bottom of the mountain starting your trek or at the top celebrating your achievement as the sun rises, it’s bright and warm in Tanzania.
Variety of socks – Unlike many other mountains around the world, your Kilimanjaro expeditions starts with a few warmer days and then some very cold ones closer to the top. Have a variety of socks to keep your feet happy!
A really warm sleeping bag – Nothing better than getting into your tent after a good day's walking and climbing into a warm sleeping bag. It can get very chilly at night so a warm bag makes for a great sleep.
Lip Balm – The cool dry air can really dry your lips, so make sure to pack a couple as for some reason you always manage to misplace one!
Buff – This is a small but very handy ‘scarf like’ item that can protect your face on cold days, keep the dust out or work as a bandana.
A book – There is always down time in Nepal and finding a nice spot in the tea house watching the sun set behind the 8,000m high mountains as you read a book and enjoy a cuppa is a great way to finish off the day. Plus, most tea houses have a small book swap meaning you can find your next read with ease.
A chair – As simple as this may sound, a light refolding chair will change your world! No sitting in the dirt or mud and super easy to pack up when the boys call “Let’s GO”
Body Glide – On the warm days you can develop a bit of chafe and this stuff will prevent it with early application. Cheap and light and it could change your life!
Zip lock bags – These will keep your phone, toilet paper, charging device, snacks and anything else you can fit in DRY.
A quality pack – You are your own Sherpa on this trip, so a good fitting pack is key. With everything you need on your back you get to experience self-sufficiency.
Warm gloves – The Tassie mornings and evenings get really chilly so a good pair of gloves will help keep your fingers toasty warm.
A pack of card – A given item on any hiking trip but especially on the Overland Track. Relaxing in the afternoon sun playing a game or two as the wombats walk by, heaven.
What are your top packing tips? Share them in the comments section below.