There are still a lot of myths around tourism. This is mainly due to the fact that when tourism developed in our country, there was no way to get good equipping, so there was a stereotype that a tourist is a ragged guy who doesn’t mind throwing away. Hence all the common misconceptions about what clothes should be for hiking and general equipping.
Myth 1: No matter what to wear when going hiking for the first time
Here is a story of life. In the summer hike across the Khibiny, three participants did not take short-sleeved T-shirts. They thought that since we were following the Arctic Circle, it would be cold there anyway. And there for three days it was + 28 ° C. One boy walked in a fleece and black jeans and received a heat stroke. This happened in the cold desert in June. He tried to tuck the fleece jacket, she still went back, he took it off, put the backpack on his bare body, the backpack rubbed his shoulders, he put on the flask back, and she began to stick to the wounds ... It turned out badly. Therefore, it is important what you are going on your first trip in, it is important that the equipping meets the conditions of the trip, otherwise the pleasure of it will be doubtful.
Any inappropriate equipping makes the trip uncomfortable. You can take a cauldron instead of tourist cans, a cotton blanket instead of a sleeping bag, berets instead of boots, and a sports bag instead of a backpack. Obviously, inappropriate equipping does not work as we would like while hiking.
Myth 2: Camouflage and military equipping — the best choice while wandering about what the clothes for hiking should be
The misconception that army equipment (now called tactical) will solve all problems. Of course, there are certain things in which you can set off for hiking for example, tactical trousers with pockets in which everything fits. But in general, this equipping is not intended for hiking. And that's why.
Not everything that is painted in camouflage is military. Camouflage backpacks are sold at stores that are definitely not in service in any army in the world.
- Tactical equipping is not designed for tourism needs. The same can be said about shoes. Someone can argue with me and say that they chose the right NATO berets and that they are excellent while hiking. But everyone who wore trekking shoes and berets know for sure that trekking shoes are very different. Of course, sometimes you can walk wearing rubber boots, and quite successfully, but this applies to specific tasks such as hiking across the cold desert or African swamps.
- Clothing and equipping issued for the military are designed for one year, that is, their service life is obviously less than that of tourist equipment, which is designed for more aggressive use for many years.
Myth 3: It should be not a pity to throw away your first equipping
Usually, if they say that a thing is not a pity to throw it away, it means that it has a low margin of safety or has no value. Both that and another is incorrectly choice of equipment. Disposable equipping can serve you even less than once. For example, if you take a polyethylene raincoat and go with it to the Kola Peninsula for two weeks, there is a chance that you will not have a raincoat in two days. That is, it is not a pity to throw it away, but you no longer have a raincoat. The same can be said about clothes, a tent, and so on.