Enjoy Fun and Exciting Outdoor Tramping with Your Tramping Checklist

Outdoor activities are popular especially in the summer. Hiking, walking or climbing rocks or mountains and just being one with nature gives a unique and incredible high especially if you spend the rest of your week indoors. However, just like any activity, you need to take certain precautions to make sure that your summer tramping stays safe and fun.

Outdoor Tramping Checklist

You can group your checklist items into 7 categories :

Food and Water

Keep an extra day's supply of food if you are going on a day hike. Bring water and a portable water filtration system in case you run out. Water bottles with built-in water filtration systems are easy to carry and useful if you run out of water but have natural sources of water, such as springs or creeks, nearby. Protein bars and trail mix will also provide excellent sources of nutrition during the hike. 

Toiletries 

This includes sun protection, lip balm and sunglasses. The sun can be unforgiving in the summer so you want a sunblock of SPF 50 or more. Sunglasses will protect your eyes and may even be used to make a fire in survival situations. A good insect repellent is also essential to avoid bug bites and plant allergies.

Navigation

Bring a map, a compass or a GPS navigator if you are planning a long hike and covering a wide area of land. If you are hiking in popular parks your chances of getting lost are small but if you are tramping in large areas where you are not likely to encounter other people for hours, it is best to have a map so you can go back to your trail on your own.

Tramping Clothing 

Pack a raincoat, a fleece jacket, a lightweight fleece top or jersey, work pants, woolen socks and gloves. Layering is a must so you can keep warm, but choose lightweight clothing that won't weigh you down. Opt for cargo trousers and shorts so you can use pockets to store small items like matches and multi-purpose tools. 

Tools

Have a small repair kit or multi-tool handy, preferably in your cargo trousers or cargo pants so that even if you loose your pack, you still have something handy that you can use to make fire or get food. A Swiss army knife usually has the essentials you need for survival and is small enough to be kept in the pocket of your cargo trousers. Even for casual day hikes, this tool will make doing stuff, like opening cans or cutting pieces of rope, so much easier. A solar flashlight is your best bet if you are planning overnight hikes. Bring an extra set of batteries in case of rain. Matches are also essential for starting a fire for cooking or sending rescue signals in worst case scenarios. 

Temporary Shelter

Even if you are only going on a day hike, bring a lightweight, portable cover that can help shield you from the sun and rain. You can opt for a hiking pack that can be unfolded to serve as a tarpaulin or reflective blanket when needed.

A good pair of hiking shoes

A good pair of hiking shoes can protect your feet from blisters, insect bites and burns and will make the activity more comfortable for you. You will be using you feet and legs for most of the hike, so it is best to keep them covered so you can get to your destination and back as safe and comfortable as possible.