- Cable ties can be used to fix broken links on your backpack or when a shoelace breaks.
- great idea to prevent blisters is to put on a thick pair of sock and short ankle socks over it.
- If you are prone to get blisters, prepare in advance by putting plaster on the areas you know will be a target.
- Prick your blisters so that it can drain but never remove the skin. Once it is dry, cover with plaster.
- Walking stick is a great help to keep your balance on uneven terrain.
- Always be prepared for bad weather especially when you walk in the mountains.
- Never walk without a hat that also protects your neck and ears.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays. Don't walk without it.
- Pack everything in plastic bags. This will prevent unexpected wet clothes and bedding etc.
- Plan what you are going to eat each day and pack it in small zip lock bags.
- Start your walk as early as possible. The South African sun can be very unforgiving.
- Get a map or the trail. Markers can sometimes be misleading. Also don't forget your permit.
- If space or weight is a problem, turn your dri-mac into a pillow by folding it and pull the drawstrings tight.
- Always "run-in" new boots before you attempt a hike. You will save yourself from a lot of pain and agony.
- Be aware of dangerous Snakes, Scorpions & Spiders with this handy visual guide.