Packing list for hiking
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In cold temperatures, it keeps you warm; in hot weather, it stays breathable and dries quickly: we are talking about functional underwear. To fulfill its purpose, the underwear should be made of elastic material, have flat seams and fit the body like a second skin.
Fabrics such as merino wool and polyester have proved their worth in particular. Cotton is rather unsuitable because it dries slowly and thus hinders the moisture exchange – the same applies to T-shirts.
In hot temperatures, hikers are well-advised to wear an airy shirt made of merino wool or synthetic fibers. This layer also forms the basis for colder temperatures.
Warming and weather-resistant layers are gradually added – for example, a long sleeve, a fleece jacket, a softshell vest or a hardshell jacket.
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If you have to be prepared for wet weather, rain trousers are a good idea. In case of a rain shower, you simply put them on over your hiking trousers. Ideally, you buy your rain trousers one size larger.
If you are only afraid of getting wet from below – i.e. walking through muddy terrain, wet meadows or snow – gaiters are an excellent alternative to rain trousers.
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Depending on the length of the route, hiking needs a lot of energy. Therefore the physical reserves of strength must always be filled.
An extensive breakfast is essential. The first meal of the day should be plentiful, but not too heavy. With a feeling of fullness in the stomach, it is difficult to move.
During the hike itself, we recommend having small and regular snacks. Carbohydrate-rich foods are best suited for this. Energy is available in, for example, wholemeal sandwiches, cereal bars, energy gels, dried or fresh fruit – especially bananas – and sports drinks.
First aid kit
Hoping you will never actually need it, you should always have it with you on your walks: We are talking about the first aid kit. All items that come into contact with open wounds must be sterilely packed and replaced after a single use.
a large band-aid
several small band-aids (cuttable to size)
two sterile gauze bandages
alcohol swaps for disinfection
bandage scissors with a blunt tip
Hiking map or guide book: Hiking maps provide a good overview of all the trails available and are therefore useful for safe route planning and orientation in the terrain.
Trekking poles: They support your muscles when going uphill and relieve your knees when going downhill. They are available in many different versions and materials. The correct pole length depends on your height (rule for the ideal pole length: height x 0.68).
Pocket knife: An object that is indispensable in the everyday life of an outdoor enthusiast. The pocket knife is a space-saving alternative for carrying various tools – from a knife to a screwdriver to a saw.
Headlight: It is a must for anyone who wants to be outside for more than half a day. Various models ensure the right choice in terms of packing size and brightness.