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Types of Trekking

1 Pair of Boardshorts
1 Pair of Boardshorts

1 pair of boardshorts. Shockingly, out of 12 trekkers on the Adventure Center trip, I was the only one who thought to bring a bathing suit. Although you’re heading into the Himalayas, resist the urge to pack like Sir Edmund Hillary. A lot of the Annapurna Sanctuary trail passes through dense, warm rainforest, making the shorts a preferable hiking option. Also, the boardies can really come in handy for cooling off in a river or enjoying the various natural hot springs along the trail.

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3-4 Pairs REI Socks
3-4 Pairs REI Socks

I have some SmartWool Mountaineering socks as well, but prefer the slightly less bulky and slightly shorter Trekkers. They do cost quite a bit for a sock, but the durability offsets the expense. I only need one or two new pairs a year to maintain my "herd" of SmartWools.

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Backpack
Backpack

A backpack is one of the very first pieces of gear you’ll need to get started hiking. Considering you’ll be wearing it for hours at a time, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right one. The best backpacks for hiking aren’t cheap but it’s an investment to add to your hiking gear list that will last for years.

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Boots
Boots

The biggest difference between hiking and trekking is the intensity. Hiking is generally easy to moderately paced activity, whereas trekking is more vigorous and done with a purpose to achieve something or to reach somewhere.

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Camp Shoes
Camp Shoes

Camp shoes that dry quickly. If you cross stream in your camp shoes or decided to wear them instead of boots in the pouring rain (when the trail is a stream), you’ll want shoe that dry quickly. Mesh, plastic, or neoprene camp shoes are the best in this regard, like the Wave Water Shoes or the Speedo Surfwalker.

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Hiking Boots* (Break Them in Beforehand)
Hiking Boots* (Break Them in Beforehand)

Even great-fitting boots need to get in sync with your feet. If you take the time to break in a new pair of hiking boots, you’ll enjoy many comfortable miles on the trail together. Different boots take different break-in times. Light hikers may feel perfect right out of the box, while burly leather models may require weeks.

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Lightweight Trekking Pants
Lightweight Trekking Pants

And at over 20 ounces, it weighs roughly double most lightweight hiking pants on this list. But for fall, winter, and spring hiking in nasty or off-trail conditions, the Cirque can be your bomber hiking pant. It doubles well for snowshoeing and spring skiing.

Long Sleeve Shirts
Long Sleeve Shirts

Finding a hiking shirt that can keep you cool despite the strong rays of the sun, withstand the elements and stop you from smelling like you’re spent a week hiking through a bog is a tall task. But getting hold of the best hiking shirts to keep you dry and comfortable is an essential part of your pre-trekking planning.

Mountain Trousers
Mountain Trousers

All of the pants reviewed here are designed as hiking pants and can be used for day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, epic thru-hikes, and for a variety of other uses as well like car-camping, traveling, or rock climbing. In general, however, we found that these pants can be divided into a couple of categories based up their respective designs.

non-Cotton Shirts
non-Cotton Shirts

REI’s How to Choose a Baselayer is a good source of additional information on the comparative strengths and weakness of different fabric types, and provides a good list of synthetic clothing and wool clothing manufacturers.

Patagonia Capilene-3 Long Underwear
Patagonia Capilene-3 Long Underwear

The weight of my Capilene 3 crew jersey (size xl) is 8.1 oz and the weight of the long underwear is 7.5 oz. Over 50% of every Capilene garment is made using recycled polyester and Patagonia will accept used clothing for recycling.

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Rucksack
Rucksack

It seems that in terms of backpacking or hiking, there isn't really a whole lot of difference in how people use the two terms backpack and rucksack. In the US, it seems that the term backpack may be more commonly used in terms of hiking gear.

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Sandals
Sandals

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HIKING SANDALS ARCH SUPPORT AND CUSHIONING. Unlike cheap flip-flops or fancy dress sandals, hiking sandals are designed with great arch support similar to what you might find in your hiking boots. Arch support will provide the comfort and protection you need on the trails.

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T-Shirts (Lightweight Wool is Great)
T-Shirts (Lightweight Wool is Great)

The best Merino wool t-shirts give you the performance and comfort you need when traveling and on outdoor adventures. Merino wool has a characteristics that make it superior to other fabrics. It's ultra-wicking, quick drying, anti-microbial and excellent at temperature regulation.

Trekking Shorts
Trekking Shorts

Wearing shorts instead of hiking pants can definitely help you stay cool. But, do you know what are the best hiking shorts for you? One of our big goals here at The Adventure Junkies is to help you out when it comes to gearing up for hiking adventures.

Underwear
Underwear

Trekking Best underwear for trekking, backpacking, camping or hiking. While there are hundreds of brands that have specialized on clothes for trekking under different and sometimes extreme weather conditions, few ever worry about the "inside".

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Waterproof Merrell Hiking Boots
Waterproof Merrell Hiking Boots

Merrell Hiking Boots are some of the best hiking boots in the world and this is the list of the best Merrell Hiking Boots 2018.

Waterproof Pants
Waterproof Pants

One of the most popular waterproof hiking pants on the market today is the Outdoor Research Foray pants, which offer an excellent set of features to keep you dry during all of your outdoor adventures.

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Wind Jacket/Anorak or all-Weather Jacket
Wind Jacket/Anorak or all-Weather Jacket

Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells. Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.

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Wool Socks/Stockings
Wool Socks/Stockings

Wool: Wool is the most popular hiking sock material and the one that our footwear specialists recommend above all others. It regulates temperature well to keep your feet from getting sweaty and it provides cushioning.

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Wool, Part Wool or Synthetic Underwear
Wool, Part Wool or Synthetic Underwear

Wool baselayer garments are warmer than synthetic baselayers, but synthetic baselayers dry more quickly than wool. What are the pros and cons of each? Wool baselayer garments are warmer than synthetic baselayers, but synthetic baselayers dry more quickly than wool.

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