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Fjällräven Boot Camp: My First Trekking Experience

My First Trekking Experience

Being a newbie to trekking, I had a lot of questions on preparation for the trek; especially on what to pack. To be honest, I think learning from our own experience is the best way to learn, even if you have someone to seek advise or you are reading for tips on Google. This article will show you what I learnt and I hope I will be better-equipped the next time around.

My main concern were food and shelter. Luckily, they were provided. My biggest worries were settled.

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Moving on to what I learned from this experience.

First of all, relax and be prepared to be in high spirits of enjoyment. Initially, I was utterly worried and had plenty of questions throughout the trip. While climbing up, I was clueless on what to expect. Despite the short period it was an experience I will never forget.

Secondly, you have to embrace walking and climbing, it is part of the trip. It is an essential to know your own strength and pace. Being used to the city life I walked swiftly,  I was very anxious and overly excited to reach the top of the mountain leading to easy exhaustion. Remember, there is no train nor bus to catch, take your own pace to walk.

Now, the frequently asked question, What to bring?…

Being a light business traveller, I always pack as light as possible. For this trip, I did the same as usual. The only advice I was given was to remember a jacket. Here are the essential items to bring.

MUST bring items:

(Items I wish I brought with me)

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Headlight
  • Your own plate
  • Your own cup, preferably a thermal water bottle
  • Sunscreen and a Hat (We were laughing at those who where carrying umbrella while trekking but little did we realised it would have saved our skin from terrible sunburn)

 OPTIONAL items to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Foldable chair
  • Towel
  • Body spray (for those who are body odour conscious)
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Bandana (style up your trekking outfit)

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USEFUL items to bring:

Thankfully, I had these with me

  • Portable chargers
  • Morning mints
  • Plenty of large Ziplock bags
  • Wet & Dry tissues
  • Energy bars
  • Small LED torch light

BASIC items to bring:

  • A good backpack (Fjällräven products are highly recommended)
  • Warmers
  • Thermal underwear
  • Extra socks
  • Extra footwear
  • Raincoat

Lastly and most importantly, the most frequently asked question that bothers every first-time trekker is how to settle the big and small businesses (you know the call of nature). Fret not, there are many secluded areas covered with bushes and trees, just bring your wipes and you are good to go! Don’t forget to dig a hole to bury your unwanted treasures.

All in all, trekking is a great choice of activity for a out-going person. It is a totally different kind of adventure. Enjoy the nature, go with the flow and it will be an experience of a lifetime.

Next stop for me is to try trekking by myself!

Article submitted by: Paul Khor (Curator of Actually)

Article edited by: Erin Riduan

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