Putting a black sack over your backpack is a cheap and easy way to make it waterproof.
As a traveller, I find myself drawn to the road less travelled – to scenes not of skyscrapers or white sandy beaches, but of places where the sky is huge and nature humbling.
My favourite way to explore these parts of the world – hiking. Put simply, it’s good for my soul. There’s nothing quite like putting one foot in front of the other for hours, days or weeks on end.
Each journey may begin with a single step but a lot of the work goes into the prep before you leave. Speaking from experience, there’s nothing worse than being unprepared so take the time to research beforehand.
My number one tip: Don’t forget sunblock. Even in cold temperatures, UV rays at high altitudes are strong because the atmospheric layer is thinner. Sunglasses are also a must. It’s worth investing in polarised lenses, especially if hiking through snow.
Make sure you’re prepared for any weather, particularly rain. There’s nothing worse than having wet gear. Lining your pack before you leave is a good idea. A black sack from the supermarket will do the trick.
If you’re camping, check the night temperatures and get a sleeping bag to suit. The temperatures can drop drastically, especially at high altitudes, and if you’re not prepared it can be dangerous.
A soft water bottle will help save room. Once empty, it folds down small enough to fit in your pocket. And look into water purification tablets. You’ll save money and the environment by filling up along the way.
– Hilary Robinson, Flight Centre Albany