Essential trekking accessories

To practice trekking, and especially in high mountain environments, you need specific equipment. Accessories such as the GPS, map and compass are of vital help but, in addition, there are many others highly recommended.

The best trekking accessories of 2020

What to bring in your trekking backpack?


Filling a backpack is easy, but doing it well is somewhat more complicated. Any weight and volume is bearable at the beginning of the march, but after a few hours it can be an ordeal. The key to enjoyment is a good trekking backpack in which to carry only what is appropriate for the activity. If you hesitate between a backpack and a smaller one, take the smallest one, that will force you to choose better what to carry in your trekking backpack. Good quality things tend to have less weight and volume… and a higher price, but it is better to buy good things, because their technicality and durability always pay off.

When deciding what to wear in the trekking backpack You have to take into account the time of year, the weather conditions, the duration of the activity and if we can supply ourselves with water. 

In a trekking backpack, for a long day of activity on foot, away from towns, you should not miss:



Sunglasses (They protect us from the sun and the wind).

Light first aid kit (in waterproof case)

A survival blanket.

Survival blanket. (better if it is multipurpose).

Headlamp (And charged batteries!). The days are sometimes long and it is useful both for lighting and for signaling.

Hat or cap. They protect us from the sun, cold and wind. The head is very sensitive to extreme temperatures and changes.

Neck warmer. In addition to the neck, it usually ends up covering the mouth, nose and ears when conditions worsen.

Waterproof clothing. Essential!

Thermal clothing (better with full zip, it is more versatile).

Plastic bag (for garbage).

You always have to bring your waste!

Documentation and money.

Map and compass

It is good to have some minimum notions of orientation, but we will expand them if we get used to consulting them during our excursions. I can assure you that it is very gratifying to identify the elements of the relief and landscape and to know what we see, where we are and where we are going, in this way we will gain confidence and if one day we get lost, we will know how to get out of trouble.

A mountain GPS

Remember that a handheld GPS requires batteries and GPS coverage, and therefore can fail.
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