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Day Pack

Normally you will not see your backpack from the moment you hand it to the porter in the morning to at least lunchtime, and maybe not until the end of the day. It’s therefore necessary to pack everything that you may need during the day in your daypack that you carry with you. Some suggestions, in no particular order: Be sure your day pack has a waist strap and good back and shoulder support.

  • Water purifiers / filter
  • 2 - 4 liters of water
  • Lunch (supplied by your crew)
  • Snacks
  • Sweets
  • Camera and spare film/batteries/digital card
  • Watch
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • First aid kit with essentials such as topical antibiotic, bandages, moleskin and prescription medicines
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (at lower altitudes)
  • Toilet paper and trowel
  • Guidebook
  • Maps
  • Money
  • Passport
  • Rain gear
  • Walking sticks and knee supports
  • Extra fleece jacket
  • Some extra layers of clothing in case the temperature drops

To pack your day pack efficiently, you should use plastic bags to separate items based on categories.  For example, small bottles such as prescriptions, sunscreen, lip balm and hand sanitizer should be secured in a zip-lock type bag.  Extra layers of clothing should also be put into larger bags.  Paperwork, such as your passport and insurance documents into another bag.  Heavier items should be placed close to the midpoint of your back to keep your center of gravity in-line with your spine.  Placing heavy items near the top, bottom, left, right or rear of your day pack will cause you to lean forward, back, or to the side.  If your day pack has compression straps, tighten them so that your items do not move around as you walk.  Lastly, be consistent as to where you store your items (main compartment, side pockets, pant pockets, etc.), so that you do not fumble for your items when needed.  A medium sized backpack, with the capacity of  about 1,800 cubic inches (30 liters), is appropriate.