Few travel to Puerto Vallarta knowing that there is a lush green jungle lining the crystal blue oceans that is just as fun to explore as the deep blue sea.
Those who do, however, get to experience hiking, waterfalls and the Sierra Madre Mountains at their finest.
Here is a guide on how to pack lightly for your hiking adventures:
1.- First, understand the terrain you are going to hike
It is essential to have an idea of the area you are going hiking. This is the first step to that seamless hiking adventure you yearn. Find out information on the area. Ask yourself these questions; Do you know how the terrain you are going to hike in looks .like? How is the weather situation n the area? Are there bugs?
2.- Pack only the necessities
When going on a hike, avoid carrying unnecessary clothes. Instead, pack attire that will be useful for you during your hike. In Puerto Vallarta the air is hot & humid so wear light hiking clothes, bring a change of underwear, a swim suit, good shoes and extra socks.
3.- Try bottom-up packing
This is a packing method I feel every person intending to hike should use. It is where you start by packing your sizable amenities first at the bottom and then pack the essentials close to the top. Do not be in a situation where you try fitting all your heavy stuff at the top and your clothes at the bottom; You will have to empty the bag if you want to change your shirt.
4.- Prioritize items that can easily condensed
It is advisable to itemize the belonging you would wish to carry based on their capacity to fold. The more natural an item can fold the better. This will ensure that it is easily transportable when not in use. You can also look for items that have several uses to save some much-needed space. And don’t forget the camera.
Realize from the beginning that your priority is the adventure. This will go a long way in shaping your decisions on what to carry. Just know that efficient packing equals efficient hiking. Once you blunder during packing, you are most likely going to have a not-so-pleasant hike.