Equipment to Carry While Planning a Trek

Since this is the season when people all around the world go rampant on tourism and try to make the best out of summer vacations, now is the time for you to decide your destination as well. Our suggestion is to try a nearby hill station considering how much people are fed up with the constant sweltering heat. The weather is not beach friendly or pool-friendly, so, don’t even think of hitting the shore. The only places that can lighten you up are located in the hilly and mountainous ranges. So, you can start planning a trek with your friends or family (preferably friends) and go up in the mountains to see the majesty and mysteriousness shrouded within the rocks. But is it simple enough to travel to these places, the way you plan your casual trips? Definitely not. A barrage of equipment and planning is needed to have a successful trip. An equipment checklist is very important before you embark on your journey. Here is the gear you cannot absolutely avoid.

 

An Uptight Backpack

A fit spacious backpack is where it all begins. Since it should be clear by now that each journey requires its own bag according the needs and dynamics of the visiting place. If you’re to stay in a hotel somewhere, then you need a formal travel bag. However, in this scenario nothing less than a stiff, good backpack would work, because, remember, you’re going to carry this bag all around on your shoulders. No help is provided while you’re on your way trekking. In the Philippines, certain marketplaces provide some excellent quality imported backpacks by Nike, Adidas and more. Online shopping websites like Kaymu and HalloHalloMall can help you find a suitable backpack in a reasonable price.

 

Sharp Trekking Shoes

Yet another indispensable equipment is the trekking shoes. Unlike spike shoes or any other extraordinary shoes, trekking shoes still bear a different outlook and assemblage. Basically the boots worn by military troops are the best and closest to assess the quality of trekking boots.

 

Clothing and Thermals

Following are the basic clothes that you need to pack in your bag.

  • trekking suits
  • inner thermals (lower and upper)
  • windbreakers
  • at least five to six pair of socks (because they get wet whenever you have to trek on snow)
  • fedora hat or sun hat
  • shades (sunrays can have serious impact on your eyes if you don’t wear shades)
  • a thermos pot and a water bottle
  • toiletries
  • a torch light (primarily helps you in the dark, though avoid trekking in the dark)
  • shorts and underwears

 

Waterproof Sleeping Back

Besides the tenting material you’ll carry for your camps, it’s important to have water resistant and water repellent sleeping backs with you and that too in excellent conditions. Otherwise you’ll have sleepless nights and that will affect your touring and trekking.

 

Having arranged the above equipment, you can ensure a fun and adventurous trip ahead.

 

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Top 3 Best Places to Visit in Australia

Australia is one country that is also considered as a continent. It has a huge land mass and varying topography so visiting this place will give you more than just water activities, sightseeing and wonderful cities. This country should be one of your top choices when you want to experience wildlife and outdoor adventure, amazing coral and marine life, and not to mention glorious cities with amazing architectural creations.

 

You have not visited Australia if you haven’t spent time traipsing the Great Barrier Reef. This place is humungous biodiversity site off the coast of Queensland. Considered to be the world’s largest coral reef, you can find hundreds of species of whales, dolphins, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, birds and more.

 

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The Sydney Harbor on the other hand is the most iconic destination in Australia. Here you can view the beautiful Sydney Opera House and the surrounding contemporary architecture of the city.

 

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For those who want something different, skiing in the Snowy Mountains is recommended. It is the highest peak in the country and you can find Alpine flowers blooming if you visit at the right time of the year!

 

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Australia’s rich topography provides a variety of climates and activities for both local and tourists visiting the different states. Depending on what you want to see and experience, you can find the best travel deals and packages to make the most of your visit to Australia.

 

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Mount Blue Cow July 2011” by PictureskOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Wine tour at Cape Winelands

Planning a trip to South Africa?  Don’t miss to book a wine tour at Cape Winelands. Take advantage of the  Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour to discover the picturesque vine yards’ spectacular scenery, feel the warm hospitality, fine wine tasting and world-class cuisines.

Cape winelands

The Cape Winelands is situated in the Western Cape Province located in the south-western tip of the African continent. It is known as one of the “pearls” of South Africa’s rural and small-town sub-regions. The district that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience while roaming around the wine farms.  Continue reading

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Windmills Across the Globe

Kinderdijk is a cozy little village located in the Southern part of Netherlands. This old-fashioned spot is a top favorite amongst travelers, where a display of 19 historical windmills can be seen. These quaint windmills have endured the test of time and are well-preserved to retain its remarkable look.

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Due to its good flow of wind. Crookwell town was selected for the construction of wind farm.  It is situated at Crookwell town in the west direction of Goulburn city of popular state New South Wales in Australia. It consists of eight turbines, each having a height of 45 meters and rotors having a diameter of more than 44 meters and is one of the first biggest wind farm in Australia.

 

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The giant windmills in Schiedam are hard to miss. It is one of the best places to go if you want to see the largest windmills in the world. The windmill ‘De Nieuwe Palmboom’ (The New Palm Tree) is a museum which tells everything there is to know about the history and purpose of the windmills of Schiedam. At present, only five of the original twenty windmills survive: ‘The Whale’, ‘The Three Cornflowers’, ‘The Freedom’, ‘The North’ and ‘The New Palm Tree’. A sixth mill ‘De Kameel’ (the Camel) was rebuild in 2011.

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The windmills of Mykonos boasts of 16 windmills in the whole of the island.

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Aside from its famous wine and medieval castles, the windmills of La Mancha, Spain is also renowned worldwide.

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The traditional local architecture of wooden houses black and green, craft workshops and many windmills in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands made them a famous tourist attraction.

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The windmills of Oland, Sweden were made to meet the needs of individual farms. Being the second largest island in Sweden, their windmills become identical to the image of this island.

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The Bangui Wind Mills or Wind Farm is composed of 15 wind turbines, each of them soaring high the equivalent of a 23-story building – planted in a row along the shore of Bangui Bay, Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Windmills are normally used to harness power of wind or current of air to perform mechanical work as well as generation of electricity. It does not only help a nation economically but later on became a tourist attraction as well.

 

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Palawan’s Puerto Princesa Underground River

Another best tourist spot in the Philippines is the Palawan’s Puerto Princesa Underground River.  Lately, it was officially inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The place is located about 50 kilometres north of the city center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it is also called as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Puerto Princesa Underground River (photo from the web)

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