My backpack and day pack!

The first lesson I learned during my Inca trail hike was that that it is important to have two packs – the first is the backpack, carried by the porter, mainly containing clothes and things not required while hiking and the second is the day pack, carried by me, mainly containing water bottle, snacks, passport and cash.

Few things to remember:

  • The hike is for 11 days.
  • The things that have to be carried must cater for the weather conditions and you need to be prepared to handle the worse.

This post details out all the things in my backpack and day pack during the Mt Everest Base Camp:

Day Pack:

  • Passport & a zip lock bag to protect the passport
  • Poncho/Rain gear
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Socks (1 pair)
  • Head lamp/flash light with charged cells
  • Sun protection cap
  • Sun glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes
    • Eco friendly soap
    • Chap stick
    • Sunscreen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Safety pins
  • Snacks – Chocolates, wafers, biscuits
  • Personal medication
    • Panadol
    • Prescribed medicines
  • Camera, batteries and memory cards
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Travel adapter
  • Cash
  • Ear plugs
  • Waterproof day pack cover

Backpack:

  • Hiking shirts (4 to 6)
  • Hiking pants (2 to 3 pairs)
  • Breathable underwear (clean one for each day + an extra pair)
  • Thermal top and pant (2 to 3 pairs)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Socks – It is advisable to wear two pairs of socks each time to avoid blisters on the feet (two clean ones for each day + two extra pairs)
  • Beanie
  • Shawl
  • Hand gloves (inner and outer layer gloves)
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking shoes – Very important and ensure you have used the shoes and are comfortable before going on the hike
  • Flip-flops
  • Few disposable bags
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag – I have hired the sleeping bag as part of the package
  • Sleeping pillow
  • Toiletries:
    • Toilet paper
    • Wet wipes
    • Deodorant
    • Eco friendly soap
    • Tooth paste
    • Tooth brush/tongue cleaner
    • Tweezer/pocket mirror
    • Bug repellent
    • Safety pins
  • Snacks – Ensure sufficient snacks like chocolates and some eateries are carried
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication
    • Diamox – altitude sickness tablet – prescribed by your doctor
  • Power bank
  • Games (Uno, playing cards)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Novel and travel journal
  • Insurance
  • Waterproof backpack cover