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.

Winter Hikes:
(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
  • Crampons
  • Headlamp
  • Hand warmers
  • Balaclava
  • Snow shovel
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • Helmet
  • Carabines
  • Climbing rope
  • Climbing harness
  • Belay device
  • Ski goggles
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Base Layer
  • 4 Season Tent with snow flaps
  • Insulation mattress

 Go to www.safetravel.is to download a pdf with a detailed coverage of equipment lists for every occasion