Always be prepared! The scout’s motto is simple, but true. Being well prepared for your trek will make your time much more enjoyable, and you can focus on the wonders around you rather than your blistered feet! Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your trek. Starting on them sooner rather than later and doing them in small steps will make them much more manageable and less intimidating.
1. Buy appropriate footwear and break your boots in.
- Visit an outdoor retailer and do research to buy the appropriate pair of hiking boots for you.
- Break them in! Showing up with brand new boots for a multi day trek is invitation for blisters and pain. Walk the dog in your boots, do yard work in your boots, take them hiking! You want them to feel nice and comfy when you arrive.
- Buy good quality socks (non cotton, moisture wicking socks such as Smartwool, Thorlos, Darn Tough, Woolrich etc…)
- Remember: Your feet are your best friend. Happy feet, happy camper!
2. Get out hiking. Regularly!
- Start slowly and build your intensity, difficulty and length of hikes. It is much better to start slowly and increase effort over several months than to wait to the last few weeks and cram in some serious hikes.
- Wear what you will be wearing on the trail, especially if they are new items, so you know how they feel and can adjust anything that is irritating or doesn’t work. This includes your boots and the pack you will be carrying on the trail.
- Go with a partner or a group. You won’t be able to cheat and going with someone else provides motivation and fun!
- Cross train too (Bike, swim, run, yoga, stairs, etc). Different types of exercise work different muscle groups and will help condition your body. Strengthening your body can help prevent injuries on the trail.
3. Learn about the OneSeed Fund
- 10% of the revenue from your expedition will be loaned to local entrepreneurs via the OneSeed Fund.
- The loans are extended by our partner microfinance institutions across many different industries such as agriculture, retail, food services and more.
- Want to learn more about microfinance? Click here.
4. Don’t bank on your bank.
- Call your bank ahead of time to let them know your travel plans.
- Sometimes, when banks see a charge in a foreign country, they assume it was theft and freeze your account.
- While you’re on the phone, ask them about international ATM fees.
- Be sure to have back-up alternatives such as cash, traveler’s check, and credit cards.
- Having copies of credit card and passport information is a great safety net.
5. Health, safety, and more.
- Visit the CDC website or contact a local travel medicine office with any questions about immunizations or vaccines.
- If you have any concerns about your health, contact your physician before you start a training program.
- Learn more about tips to keep your belongings safe while traveling here.
6. Insure Your Trip.
- All OneSeed trips include medical and evacuation insurance for all travelers. This covers you from the moment your expedition begins.
- We also strongly urge you to purchase the optional cancellation and interruption insurance. This third party insurance covers any injuries, illnesses, or other unforeseeable events between now and your expedition.
- You never know what life has in store so it is better to prepare ahead of time!
7. Pack light and early.
- Take a look at our packing list now and start to get an idea of what gear you have and what you will need to purchase. Waiting until the last minute is a recipe for disaster!
- Outdoor gear can be quite expensive. Don’t forget that you can borrow from a friend, rent from outdoor stores, or look online for items on sale.
- That being said, don’t skimp! Making sure your clothes are built to last is important as you will be hiking in the elements for many days on end.
- To lighten your load, bring travel-sized toiletries.
- Ziplock bags make for inexpensive, weightless, water-resistant organizers for loose items.
- Don’t forget to bring an extra outfit for the city. You can leave any extra gear at our partner lodge before the trek.