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Travel Tips: Backpacking Essentials For Camping and Hiking

Backpacking Essentials

If you’re planning a camping and hiking adventure, you’re going to need the right equipment to keep you safe and comfortable. You can find lots of this type of equipment at ​ retailers like Tesco, who stock everything you’ll need for your first time camping. Here’s our guide on the essentials you won’t want to leave home without.

Clothing

This will largely depend on the climate and walking conditions in your chosen destination. However, you must always pack some warm clothing such as a thermal jacket, even during summer months, as it may get cold in the evening. Always avoid items of clothing which take a long time to dry and never leave home without a waterproof jacket. A hooded poncho can come in handy when the heavens open, keeping you and your backpack from getting soaked. A wide brimmed hat is also a must which will keep you protected from the sun.

Tents

For long hikes, small and lightweight is always the best option. there’s even ones which can be pitched using your trekking poles which can save even more space in your bag.However, there’s plenty of heavy duty options to choose from, if you’re needing the added protection. A lot of them also come with additional features such as bug netting, a sewn in floor or the inclusion of nonmetallic poles if you’re in an area prone to lightning.

Sleeping bag

When it comes to sleeping bags, there’s one important decision to be made: goose down or synthetic filled. The former is widely considered to be the best option, providing the most efficient insulation whilst remaining lightweight and packing down to a small size. But it can be problematic if it becomes wet. The feathers take a long time to dry and quality will be affected.

The synthetic alternative is heavier and won’t be as durable but does insulate better when wet and dries quickly. If you’re expecting to encounter very bad weather, a synthetic sleeping bag is the sensible choice. Otherwise, invest in the more expensive goose down and you’ll have a sleeping bag which will last a lifetime.

Cooking

Even if you’re planning to cook over an open fire, it’s important to carry a compact stove. This will provide a convenient and quick way to enjoy a hot meal in those times where you can’t find fire wood or you’re simply too tired to search. Be sure to choose a model which is lightweight and very small. Gas burners are a great choice, especially the ones which screw directly onto the top of a gas cartridge. They can be a little unstable but they won’t take much room in your bag and they’re very affordable. One pan should suffice for all your cooking requirements. Choose an ultra-lightweight titanium one and don’t forget a fork and plastic mug.

We’ve covered the basics, it’s now time for you to plan your route, squeeze into those walking boots and go explore.

Image by Arup Malakar used under the Creative Commons license.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Stress Free

kilimanjaro treking

As one of the highest freestanding mountains in the world, the Mount Kilimanjaro is hailed to be one of the most visited mountains by mountaineers and trekkers from the different parts of the globe. The beautiful landscape of the mountain sits on the north eastern part of Tanzania and it fosters three volcanoes namely the Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Many aspire to be able to climb Africa’s highest peak which is seated at the heart of the Kilimanjaro National Park. If you plan traveling in Tanzania to climb the Kilimanjaro Mountain, here are some of the considerations that can help you enjoy your mountain climbing adventure stress free.

Preparing your journey by season

The best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and September where the temperature tends to be warm or moderate. The coolest months in the mountain are June and July while the wettest are April and May. Considering the climate when planning for your visit is significant as it can affect the risks involved when climbing the mountain. However, the temperature may vary throughout the climb as the altitude changes. Owing to its proximity in the equator and for its height, Mount Kilimanjaro is known to create its own weather that may change unpredictably. This is the reason why travelers are advised to be prepared for both the wet weather during the day and the coldness at night.

KilimanjaroPreparing your budget and safety

Some climbers prefer taking with them their own mountain climbing gears but to some who travel a long way to reach Tanzania renting equipment seems to be a good option. Travelers will likely spend for the equipment between $500 to a thousand dollars exclusive of the fees you need to shell out for your sleeping bags, clothing accessories and other travel kits. Prior to entering Tanzania, visitors are mandated to receive the Yellow Fever jab for their safety and protection. This is because Tanzania is prone to the malaria disease. This will generally costs you $100 to $200 for the jab. If you want to ensure the safety of your health, Hep A vaccines are likewise available. Travelers should avoid bringing their children who are 10 years old and younger. If you want to take them they should not be allowed to hike more than 300 meters.

Enroll in an organized tour

Rarely are travelers allowed to climb the mountain without the company of a licensed travel guide. There are many tour operators that can help arrange your adventure Voyage Kilimanjaro. They can help make your travel experience more meaningful as you get to hike with less stress and concerns because your tour guide will make all the necessary arrangements needed for your trip. Call the different travel guide services early to book your flight and to give you the ample time to compare their travel package, services, accommodation and fees.

Maximize your Mount Kilimanjaro hike on a full moon

The majority of travelers climb the summit to watch the stunning effects on the glaciers of the mountain peak by the full moon. It is during this time that mountain trekkers flock the summit. You should avoid this activity if you don’t like a crowded climb.