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How Is Kit Carried During A Trek? - Himalayan Footsteps

How is your kit carried during a trek?

Customers often ask us, “How will my kit be carried? Do I need a rucksack?”

The answer is that you need three bags for a trek, a daysack (small rucksack) to carry with you, a main bag (large rucksack to be carried by your porter, and another bag, usually a holdall, to store additional kit at your hotel until the end of your trek. If you do not have a rucksack we can provide kit bags for your porter to carry.

Your daysack

Between 25 and 35 litres in size and it should be comfortable with good airflow between the bag and your back. Most daysacks aren’t waterproof so consider packing the contents into plastic bags or buying a waterproof cover. You will need to carry drinking water so look for a bag with bottle holders or a built in compartment with drinking pipe.

Your main rucksack

Between 65 and 80 litres in size, your trekking porter will carry it for you, it should weigh no more than 15kg.

Spare bag

Any additional kit can be stored in a spare bag at your hotel until the end of the trek. An easily collapsible and light bag is needed to save space and weight, a medium sized holdall would do the job.

International baggage allowances

What ever you pack with you from home to take to your trek must be according to your international baggage allowance, usually 20kg excluding hand luggage.

Other clothing and equipment

Read here for more advice on other clothing and equipment to pack for your holiday or trek.