Packing For a Week up in the Mountain

Packing For a Week up in the MountainFeeling stressed from the urban life? Are you overworked? If the answer to these questions is “Yes, definitely”, then you need to take a break and indulge in some deserved rest. And there is nothing that can ‘recharge your batteries’ better than a week up in the mountains, away from the hubbub of the big city. A mountain getaway will help one escape from the urban life, but require certain planning if you want to pack light but at the same time not miss anything paramount. The weather up there is much cooler than at lower altitudes. The mountain activities usually require special clothing and gear.

Packing For a Week up in the Mountain

Be careful when packing so that you don’t forget something essential. Rarely are there all kinds of shops one might need up in a small mountain town. In other words – you need to pack wisely and at the same time not stuff the suitcase to bursting. Here is basically what you will need for a couple of days up in the mountain:

  • Suitcase
  • Jackets
  • Snowsuit
  • Winter gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Winter scarves
  • Winter hats
  • Long pants
  • Shirts
  • Underclothing
  • Socks
  • Special gear – snowboard, ski or hiking equipment
  • Two pairs of shoes
  • Moleskin
  • Toiletries
  • Plastic bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Prescription medications

Prior to packing to Catford, prepare a list of the activities you plan on indulging in while up in the mountain. This will help you determine the items you will actually need. Think of the activities that will require specific gear, like skiing or hiking as well as these that require special shoes and outfits, such as dining out at a restaurant.
Be sure to check the weather forecast for the upcoming couple of days. This way you will surely pack the appropriate clothing. For winter trips, of course, you will need such items of clothing that will keep you warm – sweaters, hats, warm socks and underwear, etc. Sure, in the spring, the days in the mountain are quite warm, but the evenings and nights can get really cold. So, regardless of the season, be sure to pack warm.

Besides the shoes you will be wearing, pack two more pairs. Pick such shoes, which will be appropriate for the activities you will be doing. For hiking – hiking boots, for tennis or some other sport – proper trainers. The shoes need to be most of all comfortable. Also, don’t forget to bring extra shoelaces in case yours break. You may also find moleskin useful, especially if you will be hiking.

Don’t over-pack. Unless you are going for a more-than-a-week trip, try to carry just the essentials. Especially if you adventure is going to be a two or three day one, a backpack worth of luggage will be more than enough. In order to save space in your backpack or suitcase, roll the clothing rather than folding it. Plus, rolled clothing is less likely to wrinkle.

Your liquids, for example skin and hair products, have to be packed in sealed plastic bags to avoid any leakage that might occur during the travel. Quite often, altitude changes are the reason for leakage in a lot of containers.
Have a small day pack or backpack. Exploring will be way easier with one of these, which is to contain all your essentials for the day.

Bio: Amber Collins is a professional freelance writer, blogger and social media junkie. She enjoys discovering new territories and traveling all over the world on a budget. Her curiosity about anything related to camping, hiking and life on the go is the reason why she is constantly searching for new and exciting ways to spend her weekends and vacations. Here she shares some tips on being prepared for a joyful outing in the mountains.

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