It would be useless for me to talk about luxury people because neither I am rich, nor have I experienced this, so what can I tell about them? Just read and heard that they spend the night in a hotel room of up to Rs 5000 and then write a review if enough is done.
I live the life of other ordinary tourists, who sometimes spend some money on luxury and sometimes travel in the name of honeymoon. I have also taken up semi-luxury rooms, after all, for whom we are earning the money, but whenever this happened to me, it was because I was compelled to take up such rooms because of lack of availability.
I have always tried to walk within the minimum budget and make the same planning.
Apart from being fit, the most important issue is how can we keep our luggage at least and less weight for travel or a trek. Even if we have to go on a journey for which we have a vehicle and there is no problem of carrying luggage in it, if you adopt these tips, you will always be happy while travelling because these measures will lead to less luggage and fewer worries about carrying and taking care of them.
Backpack – Backpack is one of the most important trek essentials to carry with you. Its size can be according to your journey. If the total trip of three days or if you are going out on a weekend, then you can ditch the backpack and carry your belongings in other smaller bag.
Camera bag – Although with every type of camera, the camera maker often gives its cover bag, but a separate bag is necessary. The bags that come with the camera can only keep the camera, whereas if a small hanging bag is taken separately, you can use the extra space to keep the camera charger, extra batteries, extra memory card, memory card reader and other similar things. While travelling I keep the camera, accessories and some spare cash as well. It also gives some assurance in case I lose my wallet. You can easily find a camera bag for Rs 250 to 500 depending on the quality.
Clothes – Say goodbye to jeans and adopt trek pants. To make it even more lightweight, go for lower ones which are made of windcheater like material and have a mesh inside them which is good for both summers as well as winters. My personal experience with them on trek and bike has been fantastic because they do not let the air go in, so winter is rarely seen in them and even in places like Kedarkantha trek, I did not have to wear warm inner.
You can buy these lower for less than 1000 rupees per piece, but make sure to buy them form a branded store as they provide better fitting and are made of good quality waterproof material. You should have at least 3 pair of these pants, one for wearing and other two as spares. The weight of three of these is equal to jeans or trek pants. The most amazing thing about these lowers is that even if they are wet, they will dry again in the slightest breeze or sunlight.
I never carry half sleeve t-shirts on the trek. The full-sleeved t-shirt is better and they are also very light. If you are going on a 3 or 4-days trek, then it is better to wear one and keep the other two as options.
The third thing is the set of thermal innerwear in the clothes i.e. hot vest and hot inner bottom
These are the clothes which are used to wear at the camping grounds after trekking in very cold temperatures like on Ruinsara Tal trek because when we are on a trek, we should not wear inner otherwise they will get drenched in sweat. If you are walking with two pairs of t-shirt and lower, then one hot set of inner is sufficient.
Let me also mention here that you can reduce the weight of your belongings to only a few things, in which clothes are the main. Before you go trekking in the hills, if you assume that you will get less bath then the number of clothes you carry will be reduced automatically. On the trek in the hills, bathing is often done while coming to the base camp hotel, so two pairs of clothes are sufficient. Secondly, my emphasis is always on clothes that are suitable for stopping air and water.
Jacket – The jacket should be very light and made of materials like windcheater instead of wool or cotton. If you have fur inside the jacket, do not take it at all. If you do not have a jacket that is a windcheater, then you should take a jacket that is lightweight and if you are going to experience temperatures below 0 degrees Celcius, then with a windcheater, you will have enough clothes to keep from getting cold.
If you are going on a track of Nagtibba or any other trek for three days and up to three thousand meters, then you can leave the jacket, just a windcheater is good enough preferably with a mesh inside.
Innerwear – You should also carry at least 3 pair of the vest, underwear and socks, a hot cap whether it is a monkey cap or a normal cap that covers your ears is necessary. Also if you have handkerchiefs, you can use them to cover your face while climbing.
About cream and other products. keep weight down, a small pack or pouch of everything should be used as per days. You might not get a chance to take a shower while on the trek, but in case you have to cover a part of your journey by train or bike you should carry the following:
- Wipe covering the entire body to avoid the rain
- Shampoo and oil pouches
- Take two packets of paper soap to wash hands or mouth
- Paste also packs of 5 rupees or ten rupees, brushed
- Take only a small pack of Vaseline and apply it only on the lips to avoid cold or cold winds. This will work with all your cream.
If you follow my lead, all your things will come in the weight of five to 7 kg which will be enough for a 7-day journey.