Trekking and Hiking

Top 10 Safety Tips for Trekking and Hiking Activities

Trekking is unlike any other type of travelling because it lets you go up unchartered paths and you get the feeling of conquering yourself as you reach the end. While treading unchartered ways gives you a thrill unlike anything else, it can still be dangerous to do so without having backup. Rather than taking chances with yourself, it is better to get trekking insurance cover through Trekking Travel Insurance and travel worry free into the mountains without looking back!

Think about it. You have been walking for an hour or so, moving past branches, watching your step as you pass little streams of clear water with sweat on your brow, and finally you are reaching the end of your trek. You start seeing other mountain tops, the melting horizon and the dash of colors across the sky as you take a breath of awe and relief.

Trekking can really be a life-changing experience for many. However, as many trekking sites are not monitored completely, you are more at risk from falling, losing your gear, or suffering an injury. But don’t let that stop you from having an adventure in life, just keep these important safety tips in mind before venturing out in the unknown.

  1. Only Pack Essentials

While packing for a trek, you might feel like taking along all your gear just in case, but only carry all your gear uphill if you are planning to camp there. Otherwise, some water, food, flashlight, and first-aid set will set you up nicely.

  1. Don’t Depend on Mobile Phones

Many trekking destinations do not have network connectivity, so try saving maps offline, or carry some notes along if you will require looking up the path.

  1. Prefer Travelling a Friend

While it’s great to travel solo, it might be safer to have someone watch your back. In case you are still on a solo trip, try joining along with groups of people that are going the same way.

  1. Dress Accordingly

Trekking involves treading through rocks, shrubs, trees and you might also have to climb a bit on the way. Doing so can make you vulnerable to scratches or cuts, so it is ideal to properly cover yourself on the way.

  1. Avoid leaving the trail

Ever trek has a trail that has been set by people walking through the place for years. Trails serve a purpose: to help you reach safely and keep you away from any animals.

  1. Know how to protect yourself from Animals, Just in Case!

If you venture into wildlife, you are prone to enter an animal’s territory without having a knowledge about it. Read up about the animals that you may encounter in the area and the how to safely evade them. For instance, if you see a snake, don’t make quick movements and they will peacefully on their way.

  1. Carry a compass

While you have Google Maps to help you in the cities, it is a healthy practice to keep track of the direction when you trek.

  1. Prepare for any kind of weather

Many mountainous regions and forests create their own weather where it can suddenly rain or get windy. Always carry a waterproof windcheater, they are light and can come in handy.

  1. Plan Ahead

It might seem generic, but you cannot stress enough on the importance of checking the weather, trail, and all the information about the area you are venturing into for the first time.

  1. Get Yourself Insured

Bajaj Finserv now provides you trekking travel insurance, which can protect you if:

  • You are stranded (get covered for hotel costs for up to INR 1,00,000 in India and INR 1,80,0000 for foreign travel)
  • You lose your wallet
  • You get into an accident (protection against injuries, cancelled hotel bookings, trip cancellation, as well as loss of baggage for an amount up to INR 3,00,000).

You can truly feel unhinged when you travel with a insurance to protect you from any unforeseen trouble in your travels.

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