Preparation: So, you have prepared well and now anxious to get started. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start and while on the trail. The week just before the challenge is important. Eat well, hydrate well and take time out to relax and sleep well. Meet up with your team and support crew to ease out any last minute hitches, hurdles or requirements.
Don't try anything new: Clothes, shoe, food or even drinks. Do not try anything that your body is not used to.
Register before you start: All team members HAVE to Check In before the start of the event. So arrive early and finish your full team registration well in advance. There will be many teams there on the event day and might lead to unnecessary delays.
Break the bigger goal into smaller goals: As the day progresses, the kilometers ahead might start to look daunting. Break the challenge into more achievable goals like reaching the next Check Point or walk for the next 15 minutes (when it really gets tough).
Walk at the pace of the slowest member: Oxfam Trailwalker is a team challenge and there is no fun if the team breaks. To keep the team work going, always walk at the pace of the slowest member. This might get frustrating at times but you will realize the importance of your achievement when you reach the finish point.
Eat well, Hydrate well: It's very important to ensure that you and your team members consume enough food on the trail to keep you going. Eat energy giving food like dry fruits, chocolates, fruits etc. Avoid heavy food as it might slow you down. Keep sipping water at regular intervals even if you do not feel thirsty.
Rest is necessary: To avoid cramps, other physical injury and to recharge, it's advisable to take adequate rest at regular intervals. Your desire to finish the challenge should not override the need for personal safety.
Plan your day: The day time might get hot and humid and the nights terribly cold. Some of you might find it difficult to walk early in the morning especially the second day. Decide in advance what part of the day you want to avoid in order to keep maximum energy and strength up. Rest out those few hours at a Check Point.
This is a short checklist of things that we suggest you wear and carry for the day
- Quick-Dry Shorts, Shirt and undergarments to move moisture away from your skin
- Tights/leggings or compression garments in short or Â¾ length to reduce muscle fatigue and chafing
- TREKKING SHOES with ankle cover and support
- Lightweight wind-proof and/or insulated jacket with hood which you can also use in case of rains
- Breathable, comfortable, moisture-wicking socks
- Cap/Hat to cover your head against the sun
- 15-25 litres daypack
- WATER containers totaling 2-3 litres capacity. A two or three litre water bladder with drinking tube is recommended as it allows for more frequent and hands-free drinking
- Walking poles; either one or a pair. One pole for more balance or a pair for more body drive and reduced leg fatigue
- Anti-chafing lotion and blister tapes
- Personal identification and some money for emergencies and purchasing food along the trail
- Event Map Book and protective pouch
- Snacks (salty and sweet) and energy food.
- Head torch with ample light and good battery life
- Insect repellent especially during the night
- Mobile phones. Two per team, ideally - Vodafone and Idea cellular networks.