Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or new to overseas adventure, packing wisely for your expedition will ensure that you have a more comortable experience on the trail. Eliminate the stress of packing with these quick (but important) tips:
1) Try it on!
Test out your gear in the comfort of your own home. Hiking boots aren't the only item that you should try on before your trip. Having loose-fitting trekking pants, a backpack that sits evenly on your hips, and sleeping bag that fits you snugly are important too!
2) Make sure you catch all the ZZZZs.
Don't forget your sleeping bag! If you're staying in refugios or teahouses, you'll be using your sleeping bag on top of the mattress. If you're camping during your expedition, OneSeed will provide you with a sleeping pad and a tent.
3) Trekking poles - yay or nay?
Many people loves trekking poles because they provide extra stability on rocky or icy terrain. Some travelers don't feel the need to use poles, but if you have balance issues, weak ankles, or knee problems, they're a great idea to keep you safe on the trail.
4) Know your H2O!
Water is provided for you throughout your trek. You'll be filling up your water bottles in the morning for your day's trek and you'll have the chance to refill throughout the day. A camelback style bladder is a great option for easy access to water while hiking. We recommend bringing an extra water bottle as well for use in your lodge or as a back up if your bladder leaks.
5) Hike light - store excess gear.
Anything that's not absolutely essential for your trek can be stored at one of our partner lodges until you return. A luggage lock can be placed on your suitcase for added security. Heavy books and electronics are great for the airplane but add a lot of weight to your backpack!
6) Mules, porter, or am I carrying everything myself? Depending on the location of your expedition, you may be required to carry a backpack with all your gear or just a small daypack. You can find this information at the top of your packing list.
Mules or Porters: Bring a duffle bag to store your gear (instead of a second backpack) for the porters/mules. You'll carry your water, lunch, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks, camera etc. in your daypack. It should be around 25-liters with a comfortable hip belt to distribute weight away from your shoulders.
If your expedition is fully self-supported, you're required to carry all your gear in a large backpack. This typically means a 50+ liter pack but it depends on your specific packing list. Lay out all your items for the trip and pack them into your backpack before your departure. If everything fits, you’re all set!