Hiking – Backpacking
- Walking Boots – Should be comfortable, waterproof, durable & lightweight
- Good base layer – Long Johns and Undershirt (not cotton)
- Middle layer – Preferably fleece or wool
- Extra middle layer – Especially in colder months (i.e. down or primaloft jacket)
- Outer layer – Wind and waterproof outer shell jacket and trousers.
- Good Socks – with padding, cotton socks should be avoided. 2 pairs per day
- Gloves – 2 pairs
- Hat – One that keeps your head warm, looks should come last
- Multi functional headwear (Buff) – Useful under various conditions
- Avoid cotton at all cost!
- Mobile phone with charged battery – Basic safety equipment
- Backpack – Not too big and not too small. Should be comfortable and rest mostly on your hips
- Water Container – Should be easily accessible while hiking.
- Compass, map and GPS – At least one person in the group should have those
- Hiking Poles – Not necessary but very useful if walking uphill and/or carrying much
- Headlight or flashlight (not necessary during peak summer months)
- First aid kit – You never know when you or your companions might need it
- Travel towel – Lightweight, compact & quick drying
- Drybags – To keep your clothes and gear dry, plastic bags should do if you have nothing else
- Waste disposal bags
- Food – High energy value should be priority, always pack more food than you think you’ll need
- Water or other drinks (not alcohol) – If unclear whether clean water will be obtainable during hike
- Carabines and a shock cord – Good for attaching things to each other or your backpack
- Multitool or knife
- Hand warmers – If you get wet these can be a life saver
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
If staying overnight:
- Tent – Compact, lightweight and durable.
- Camping Mattress – Compact, comfortable and lightweight
- Sleeping Bag – Compact, lightweight and comfortable
- Hiking stove, gas, cooking set and utensils
- Matches, lighter, firesteels etc.
- Shovel – for making a toilet hole (or a snow shovel for winter hikes)
- Hygiene kit – toothbrush, toilet paper, hygiene pads, medicine etc.
(note: winter hikes can cost ill-prepared and inexperienced travelers their lives. Don’t go on glacial hikes or overnight winter hikes unless an experienced mountaineer is present).
- Ice Axe
- Hand warmers
- Snow shovel
- Avalanche beacon
- Avalanche probe
- Climbing rope
- Climbing harness
- Belay device
- Ski goggles
- Extra Base Layer
- 4 Season Tent with snow flaps
- Insulation mattress