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What should be taken for a summer mountain holiday

What should be taken for a summer mountain holiday

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23 OCT 2019

Mountain holidays are an interesting way to actively spend free time. Most of us have probably met with the following questions: How should we prepare for such a trip? What should we take with us? Will it be cold, or hot? Probably the latter - it's summer after all, but in the mountains you never know. So what are the real answers? After reading this article no one will have any doubts about the gear that should be by our side.

  1. The documents - we should have a document by our side which, in case of urgency, could help strangers identify us. It will help emergency services to effectively work if the necessity arises. Additionally, it's worth to have data about relatives (parents, spouse, someone close) who could be informed about, for example, our stay at the hospital.
  2. A good backpack is a must. Well fitted and mountain-hiking type. It can't be a random backpack picked from a shop because the more basic straps will start to cut into the skin, which results in bigger exhaustion and deconcentration on the mountain track. The constant thought of something causing us discomfort will prevent us from enjoying the mountain trip.
  3. Raincoat - the change of weather in the mountains can be a matter of a few minutes. We should also be wary of the things we are carrying with us - the rucksack shouldn't get soaked. No reason to destroy the stuff that we might still need later. Not to mention us and our health. We need to remember that it is much easier to catch a cold or get sick than recover to full strength.
  4. The drinks (water) - don't forget about proper hydration. Every human should drink from 2 to 3 liters of water every day. In the summer the amount is even higher because more of the liquid is lost. Let's remember that hydrating our organism is essential for the proper work of internal organs and the efficiency of our mind and cognitive processes.
  5. Sunscreen - the bigger the number on the tube of the tanning cosmetic - the better the protection of our skin from dangerous sun rays. Sun is pleasant and works well for our mood, but everything needs to be balanced out and common sense has to be maintained.
  6. Headgear - when planning a mountain trip we have to check the weather forecasts for the day in which we want to admire nature. The sun might cause us to feel bad. Consider the fact that there might be no place to hide from the sun's UV rays. The second part is a warm hat, which might come in handy. The mountaintops tend to be windy and chilly. Our organism needs to be protected not only from the heat but also cold.
  7. First aid kit - always carry band-aids, hydrogen peroxide or other sanitizers, and a bandage. It would be better for them to not be needed, however... better safe than sorry.
  8. Money - why would someone need money in the mountains? Well, let's say that it's the same case as with the aid box. It's just worth having some. You never know when it could be needed, and it's easy to hide so it's not a big burden while it might be of use at any moment.
  9. Food - it's necessary on the track. Providing carbs and sugars (from meals) strengthens our body and lets it travel more distance. We gain more power for reaching further destinations. Furthermore, consuming when surrounded by nature makes a simple sandwich taste... somehow better ;)
  10. Socks - long ones! Take everything that can cover and protect our bodies. It's easy to catch an injury on the track. We need to be cautious to not get hurt, and if something bad has already happened - be dressed in such a way that minimizes the damage. The more body area covered the fewer bruises.
  11. Comfortable shoes - don't forget that we should accordingly prepare our shoes for a rocky track. We can't get tired too fast and shouldn't allow any injuries. In the end, we are hiking for the sake of having fun and coming back safely.
  12. Dear Ladies - forget about stylish footwear and high heels, put on some beautiful and adequate trekking shoes! Lengthy pants and long-sleeve shirts, for the same reason as long stockings, but also because of the temperature keeping. Moreover, it's harder to bruise well-covered skin.
  13. Telephone - today's modern smartphone models have built-in digital cameras, which will record the nature's majesty and our good memories, but it's not the most important purpose of the phone. In case of an emergency, we can call in help.
  14. Sleeping bag and mat - pretty self-explanatory. Useful on every trip. Easy to carry and light-weight, while also very useful.
  15. Pocket knife- another one of the essential items. It can be of use in many different situations - from cutting to opening stuff.
  16. Dry and wet tissues - basic hygiene measure. It's hard to manage without them when we don't have access to running water. The packages are very light-weight and easy to open. An indispensable part of every backpack.
  17. Flashlight - most of our phones have a built-in light source... but they can go low on battery or get lost. A handy flashlight can be strapped to our gear so it's easily accessible when it gets dark. It's worth helping our sight when we need to find a place to hide in the mountains.

But the most important thing to take into the mountain ranges is a good attitude and a backpack full of laugh and positive energy. And remember to take beautiful pictures to show off on social media ;)

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