Nowadays, the mountain has become a popular travel destination which not so hard to reach anymore. This is obviously a very different situation compared to a few decades ago, where mountains are only visited by hikers, mountaineers, and nature lovers. Now, with so many cabins and resorts that built in the slope, mountains and hills are spots that favored by individual or family as an alternative vacation place.
However, even though that mountains are now crowded with tourists, guides, or cabin staffs, hiking and climbing mountains are still an activity that poses some risks to travelers. Dehydration, lost, altitude sickness, and wild animals are some of the threats that travelers might found during mountain hiking. Thus, very thorough preparations need to be made before traveling to a mountain.
Few Tips that Might Helpful during Mountain Travel:
1. Bring only the Necessary Clothes and Stuff
On a hike, you should only bring a single backpack so you won’t easily be exhausted, especially later on higher altitude. Bring a jacket, extra socks, raincoat, hat, gloves, sunglasses, and spare clothes, and put them on a waterproof pack! Avoid material that dries slowly, like cotton. You should bring a bandana too, which is one of the must-have travel items. Other necessary stuff:
- Flashlight. Mountain is very dark during the night, thus the flashlight is a must-have items during your travel. It will be better if you have a headlamp, so your movement won’t be bothered.
- Insect repellent. If you already bothered by the mosquito in your home, wait until you see the ones in a mountain. The bloodsucker creatures are bigger and more vicious. Using insect repellent is not just for your comfort, but to avoid some diseases that probably transmitted from mosquito’s bite.
- Portable stove, if you want to camp for a few nights. Don’t bring something excessive though, such as frying pan.
- Emergency kit, with a whistle, compass, map, pen, paper, space blanket, string, duct tape, matches and iodine tablets (for purifying water).
- Sunscreen, if you can’t stand the sunlight.
- Tent and sleeping bag, if necessary.
2. Wear Shoes!
Many first timers usually chose sandals or slippers, as they think that it more light and comfortable. Actually, on a hike you should wear sports shoes, or even boots, that cover all your feet area from thorn, wood, or leech.
3. Light Colored Clothing
Use light colored clothing that comfortable to wear, such as T-shirts. Light clothing is less attractive to bugs and better in reflects sunlight. Moreover, your friends will be easier to spot you during the night. There’s an argument that dark colored clothing dries faster, which is true as dark light absorb the sunlight. You can trick this with drying light colored clothes by laying it on dark colored rocks.
4. Bring Snacks and Water
Sometimes, the mild weather makes travelers forget to drink and unaware that they’re actually close to dehydration. Keep drinking even when you are not thirsty, as higher altitude increases the risk of dehydration. Don’t drink directly from the stream because of giardiasis and other water diseases. Purify it first using iodine tablet. Also, bring snacks such as energy bar, to replenish your energy during hiking. Eat foods with lots of fat, like a handful of nuts, just before going to bed to keep you warm during the night.
5. Do Not Use Perfume
Strong smells will attract bugs toward you, so avoid using perfume during your hike. Don’t worry, on a mountain, no human will be bothered by your scent.
6. Beware of Altitude Sickness
If you start to feel dizzy or nauseous, it might be a sign of altitude sickness. Reduce your hiking speed and rest for a while. If that doesn’t help, go to the lower altitude immediately. Also, never exhaust yourself, stop your climbing before you feel too tired.
So, that’s it about tips for mountain travel. Remember that those are only some basic guides for beginner who travels on a mountains for tourist. For a thorough guides to climbing and challenging the dangerous and extreme places, you should search for a website that specialized in mountain climbing.