Planning a hiking or trekking trip?
In this article today, I am going to talk about a list of must-have things to carry on a hiking or trekking trip. In my travel experiences, each one of these items has helped me in one or another situation.
By the way, I do not trek or hike much, but I have hiked enough to appreciate the importance of these items as a novice or mediocre. I am sure pro-trekkers or pro-hikers may have more sophisticated lists of important items to carry. However, if you are starting your trekking or hiking trips and getting used to this hobby, this list will certainly help you quickly start the learning process.
My packing list is split into the following categories
- Packing & organization
- Camping gear
- Gadgets & Electro
- Hygiene & First Aid
- Common stuff(one piece in a group)
PACKING AND ORGANIZATION
Basically, you don´t want to end up with a torn shoulder strap in the middle of the week-long trek.
Backpacks come in various sizes and capacities, each fitting a different purpose. Your pack should be neither too small nor too large – you should be able to fit everything inside without leaving too much extra.
Even if you plan a camping trip, you shouldn’t forget your daypack. You won’t carry a backpack every single day and the daypack is indispensable for shorter walks or strolls around the city. Quality here doesn´t matter as much, it should be just light and compressible.
Re-sealable waterproof packs
Great for storing things one doesn’t need in the mountains (passport, smartphone), some kinds of food or various small items you want to keep together.
Useless in mountains but still recommended to have as you will spend at least some time in the cities.
Together with a backpack, the most important part of your equipment. For trekking with a heavy backpack, you should use high leather boots because of the ankle support but if you do sports, you should be fine even with lower and lighter boots. As for the specific model.
Sandals are really useful in the evening so your feet can get rest from the heavy boots. You can also use them when fording rivers – it´s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot.
These sandals are very comfortable.
Hiking pants are nowadays made mostly from some kind of a nylon blend – light and quick-drying. This is a piece of clothing where you can save some money if you are on a low budget as unlike boots and backpacks, quality is not so critical.
Short hiking pants
These are light and fast-drying.
It will use as a middle layer on cold days and also as a top layer during chilly mornings and evenings.
Four pieces. And once in a few days wash them in the morning and let them dry during the day on the top of my backpack.
I´ve been using them only shortly, but they are good enough and cost a fraction of the price of the original Icebreaker.
Just an ordinary shirt, used for moving around the cities or as a backup if everything else gets wet.
It’s important to have also one long-sleeve shirt, which can be used as a base layer on cold days.
It will help you to keep your feet warm and dry and don’t stink even after several days of trekking. As I rarely hike in winter. Three pairs are enough even for longer treks.
Great on chilly mornings and evenings and rarely wear them for the whole day.
wear it on the neck on chilly days and also on the head instead of a cap.
For colder and windy days, carry one light Polartec beanie. Sometimes, when it’s really cold, you can put it on even during the night.
Apart from the cap, Pack a hiking hat to protects during sunny days.
During longer rains, even waterproof jacket starts leaking – especially in the shoulders area which is under much higher pressure from backpack straps. Therefore, carry a rain poncho and put it on when some serious rain starts – it’s great also when you have nowhere to hide and want to wait till the rain ends.
I use them mostly for sleeping but they occasionally also come in handy for trekking on extremely hot days or when I want to bathe and there are strangers around.
It should light, comfortable, and can be neatly folded and rolled into the small cylinder which fits very well onto the backpack.
There are several materials to pick. A small teapot, have only 2 pots – the smaller pan is for the dinners and the larger pot comes in handy when you want to make tea, as there is enough for everybody.
How much gas will you need? As a rule of thumb, the average hiker “consumes” about 30 grams of gas per day – that’s enough to prepare one hot meal and several cups of tea. So plan accordingly.
Just be careful when you cook something, because of the compact size, it doesn’t take much effort to capsize it.
tinderbox is a reliable (and cool!) way to light your gas stove. It can’t break or get wet, simply a small, handy and very reliable gadget.
– Light Fire Salt&Pepper Plus
Tin mug, Set of small steel cups for spirits, Dish sponge, Box of Matches
GADGETS & ELECTRO
They make you go faster, especially uphill and greatly offload your knees and ankles. Also, they occupy your arms which 1) makes them stronger 2) they don’t feel like sausages swollen with blood after a whole day of uselessly hanging by the body. On the downside, they increase your overall energy.
just keep in mind that unlike fashionable sunglasses, sports sunglasses should protect the eye from all directions.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70. Handy superzoom camera that I can carry on the belt – versatile and with good image quality. Also, it’s often referred to as one of the best travel compact cameras on the market.
National Geographic Medium Pouch
Spare camera battery
– as one is not enough for 1 week of trekking
– AAA batteries for the headlamp.
– Black Diamond Spot Headlamp.
Charging cables for the camera and smartphone.
Journal with a pen
Toothbrush, toothpaste, interdental brushes
– reasonable amount, not the whole roll
keep taking it.
– the higher UV factor, the better. But take only a small tube, not the whole bottle
– used to get herpes on the 3-4th day of the trek because of the combination of sunstroke and exhaustion.
Pack of tissues
– for washing of hands and also of clothes.
First aid kit
Make it short,
– antiseptic towels or water syringes (to clean the wound), butterfly bandages (for smaller cuts), sterile gauze pads and bandages (both cotton and elastic) for larger wounds, latex gloves (when things get bloody).
– leukocyte both for prevention and treatment
– Imodium, Index, or something similar
– Theraflu or something similar
(head, teeth) – painkillers
To save the day.
Priceless during dangerous river crossings or in steep, semi-climbing terrain.
It’s good to have one in a group. Even if you have planned everything in advance, there is a chance that you will at some unexpected place, and in such cases, a guidebook is a great, compact source of the information.
Map & compass
At least someone should have a clue where you are actually going.
Light snacks that may not need fire or water to cook is something you should definitely pack in your backpack.