Experience Life Outdoors in Puerto Vallarta: How to Pack Lightly for your Hiking Adventures


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.

Experience Life Outdoors in Puerto Vallarta: How to Pack Lightly for your Hiking Adventures

If we are going to make us suggest what to bring to a store specialized in trekking, we may find that we desperately need some objects that we did not even suspect!

In this tutorial we try to really reduce what we need to the bone and this for a very precise mathematical law: the pleasure of a trek is reduced proportionally to the increase of the weight of the backpack! We’re also looking to save a little money: the things we invest in, we said, are the backpack, the napkin and the shoes, there’s no good reason to waste money on the rest of the equipment. If you want to experience life outdoors in Puerto Vallarta we have the right tips for you on how to pack lightly but effectively for your Hiking Adventures. With no further ado let’s move on to practice.



It will be due to fashion but around you see people who buy expensive and super-technical clothing … And then do not do anything.

A bit ‘for spite, a bit’ to dispel the myth, a little ‘because there is very little to say we decided to relegate this aspect among those of little importance.

That you have to get organized to dress up in layers, that is adding or removing layers and not replacing one dress with another, we think you all know …

With super-technical trousers you are better off than with jeans, We think you imagine it, but We can assure you that you make excellent trekking even in jeans.

That said here is some other advice that we can give you:

We walk on the feet and if the blisters come it is unpleasant: as mentioned above, save weight on the number of shirts, but not on the spare socks, bring enough!


You do not need ultra-technical expensive clothes!

In case of rain that gets wet the pants is extremely probable: bring a pair of those very light as ridiculous trousers that are used for sports, will be convenient as a replacement of wet pants in the tent and as an layer for the legs, if it’s cold.

It’s cold? Gloves and hat! The jacket must be large enough to be on top of all the layers. We suggest you avoid those padded: sometimes it’s raining but it’s hot!

If your trekking is in the mountains, always wear a hat and gloves, even in the summer it can get cold in the evening and the cold on your ears and fingers is hateful.


Other equipment.

  •     Knife.
  •     Lighter.
  •     Maps of the route.
  •     Tissues
  •     Sunglasses.
  •     Anti-mosquitoes
  •     Sunscreen.
  •     Watertight bag (only if it rains a lot or crossings of rivers are expected).
  •     Lanyard (in the end it’s always necessary).
  •     Torch.
  •     Elastics for hair (if you have them as long as me).
  •     Backpack-cover for rain (most of the backpacks already have it).

These are the best tips to experience life outdoors in Puerto Vallarta. The most important thing you should keep in mind is to keep things light, practical and, most of all, comfortable to really enjoy your explorations!


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