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Top things to take on a hiking trip

If you have chosen one of those Bhutan tour packages which include a hiking trip make sure you are thoroughly prepared. The most important things you should take with you are mentioned below;

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Map and Compass

Map and Compass

When hiking, it is easy to lose all orientation. Sometimes you even risk being lost altogether. To ensure that you know where you are and where you are headed, make sure that you carry with you a detailed well illustrative map and a proper working compass. With the above two guides in hand you can always find your way around.

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Water

Water

The secret of Life is water and hiking is one of those times when you will truly appreciate the value of water. Hiking even during colder seasons uses up quite a bit of energy and demands for plenty of water. Of course the hotter the weather, the more hydration you will need. Always make sure that you carry plenty of water so that you do not run out. Avoid relying on the natural water available on your trail; although it is filled with goodness it is known to have a number of parasites that have to be removed before it is suitable to consume.

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Fuel

Fuel

When you are hiking you need your energy more than ever. Carry with you meals that are light and full of calories. Fruits, power bars, granolas, beef jerky, peanut butter and even candy are all pumped with calories perfect for an energy boost while on the go. Make sure the foods you choose to bring with you are light in weight so that it can be carried around with no difficulty.

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First Aid

First Aid

You are out in the wilderness, remember. Absolutely anything can happen. Before you set out on a hike learn exactly what to do in case of a medical emergency and carry with you a first aid kit so that you can deal with most emergencies appropriately. Small cuts and bruises are likely to be encountered while hiking so carry with you plenty of disinfectant and of course band aid.

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Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

Weather while you hike can be absolutely unpredictable. It is always better to be prepared in the event that the sky opens up on you than getting thoroughly drenched. This does not mean you have to tote a tent around; a rain suit works perfectly well in keeping you dry during heavy showers. Rain suits are light and comfortable and should definitely make its way in your bag pack when headed on a hike.

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Fire

Fire

Fire is light and heat and can save you when you are stranded in the middle of nowhere. Always carry with you equipment to start a small fire; such as waterproof matches or an emergency fire starter and some tinder like fire sticks to go with it. You never know when you may need it.

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Emergency Blanket Gloves and extra socks

Emergency Blanket Gloves and extra socks

Even on a warm day the weather can suddenly turn on you, especially if you are hiking on the mountains. When you want to explore nature, it is better and safer to be absolutely prepared to face sudden bursts of cold air, rain and what not. Blanket works nicely for the chill and so does a pair of gloves. If you haven't brought a blanket with you, you can request for one from your hotel before heading out on your hike. You never know the fate of your socks if puddles and mud are to be encountered. Rather than walking around in rotten socks, carry with you an extra pair or two. Of course nothing beats coming back and enjoying the cosy comforts of a Bhutan luxury hotel such as Uma by COMO, Paro, Bhutan.