These tips pertain to local treks and camps, unless specified. They are general in nature and in exhaustive.

DRESSING UP FOR ADVENTURE : Cotton casual dress is best for any weather. Black bodies absorb heat. Avoid black colored dress especially in summer. Let your clothes be neither too tight nor too loose. Shirts with collars and full sleeves will give added protection from sun, wind, thorny bushes and freezing temperatures. 2-piece raincoat is comfortable than the gown type. It’s easy to negotiate difficult steps. Shoes with rubber soles are ideal for all adventure trips. Tie laces on your shoe tight enough right from the first eyehole until the final bow knot. Wear cap that shades your eyes. 

PACKING YOUR DAYPACK AND RUCKSACKS : The size of the backpack or rucksack should match its contents. Check buckles, zips and stitches before using the backpack or rucksack. Repair if needed. During long trips, use the rucksack for packing clothes, sleeping bags, toilet kit etc. Use day pack for your camera, water bottle and snacks. Checklist your rucksack before you start and end your day. Pack neatly all your essentials. Do not stuff it. Rucksacks are water-resistant. Do carry a plastic sheet to cover it. Pack your essentials in a plastic zipper. It protects your things from getting wet. If you are carrying a backpack, pack heavy essentials at the top and light things at the bottom of the backpack. The shoulder will take the weight and also prevents the backpack from sagging. Balance the right and left side of the backpack. Backpack and rucksacks should be strapped to the shoulders just tight enough. Carry cotton rope. It’s useful for making cloth-line, fastening bags on bus tops, carrying damaged backpacks etc. Keep water bottle and first aid kit handy.

AN ADVENTURER’S ETIQUETTES : Be first to greet the local villagers. Respect and follow local traditions and customs. Never litter the environment. Protect it. Give way to people climbing up. Never feed, touch or tease village animals. Never shine torch into someone’s house or face. Don’t lean or hold onto you team members while trekking. Pushing stones down a slope may endanger unwary climbers. Avoid this fun. If you are first to rise in the morning, avoid making noise and disturb others.

WHILE TREKKING AND CAMPING : Follow your leader’s / guides instructions carefully. Walk with a steady pace. Never lead or lag behind. Be with the group at all times. Never step on loose stones, leaves, and twigs and dung, for you might slip. When you encounter insects, reptiles or grazing animals do not panic. Keep to the edge. Handle materials around you with care. You don’t know when you need it. Be always alert. Don’t drop your guard. Never venture alone into strange terrains. Carry dry fruits and chocolates as pocket snacks. They are high calorie food. Drink lots of water. If you have not passed out “water” in 3-4 hours, you need to drink more. Keep your feet always clean and dry. Do not walk long with wet feet. Popcorns or chewing gums are effective for altitude and traveling sickness. Mountain people drink lot of lemon tea. It’s effective for most of the mountain sickness - from stomach ailments to throat infections. Salt or Kerosene or tobacco are useful while trekking in leech infested areas.