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Bag packing tips for a multi-day hike

Stream-line your packing with our top tips!

Are you heading off on your first multi-day tour this summer? Need some help stream-lining your packing to make sure you can actually move uphill under the weight of your pack? 

Here are a few golden rules to assist you shed some kilos before you start!  

RULE #1

Less is more – sounds obvious, but a manageable load can make a huge difference in the enjoyment of your tour. Ask yourself as you pack- would I rather walk freely and comfortably or know that I have this item?

RULE #2

Divide and conquer – if you are going with friends, share items- you don’t all need sun screen, bivay bag.

RULE #3

The staged pack– Stage one- lay everything out that you want to take- leave it a few hours or day, then come back and be brutal – question every non-essential item and anything that you feel you can survive without remove it.

RULE #4

Water weight- remember if you weigh your pack in advance that you will need to account for 1-2kg of water that you will be carrying.

RULE #5

Rest & play clothes – One of the major things I noticed after I have been in the outdoors for a few days is that I actually choose to wear the stinky clothes over getting nice clean clothes dirty- as a result I’ve managed to downscale my packing considerably! However it is always nice to have something dry, nice and clean to put on in the evening when relaxing. For this reason I pack an extra T-shirt, pair of thermal leggings and socks. I can then air, dry out or even wash the “play” clothes overnight, so they are ready to go the next morning.  

Suggested list for a 2-4 day hike (with overnights in Alpine huts)

ESSENTIAL CLOTHING

  • Hiking boots- water proof with ankle support and good profile 
  • Rucksack (35-45l) and rain cover (most packs will not stay waterproof with persistant rain)
  • Waterproofs (jacket and over trousers) 
  • One pair of long hiking trousers/ zip-off trousers 
  • 2 pairs hiking socks
  • 1 long sleeved shirt/ T-shirt (synthetic or merino wool/ quick-drying)
  • 1-2 T-shirts (synthetic or merino wool/ quick-drying)
  • Fleece, extra warm layer or soft shell jacket
  • Underwear 
  • Gloves and hat (You never know which way the weather might turn)
  • Sleepwear (long-sleeved T-shirt / T-shirt packed already & leggings) – leave your fluffy PJs at home!

ESSENTIAL SAFETY GEAR

  • Sun protection (Sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, lip salve)
  • A hard-wearing drinking bottle/ thermos/ hydration pack (2l) 
  • Headlamp/ torch
  • First aid set and personal medication
  • Bivay bag (a shelter for one per two people)
  • Map (1:25 000)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • ID, Medical & Personal insurance details (ensure that your insurance covers you for alpine activities!)

OTHER ESSENTIALS

  • Hut sleeping bag (sleeping bag liner- pillows and blankets provided in hut, but a sleeping bag liner is compulsory) 
  • Wash kit (Mini tube of toothpaste, soap, deodorant, face wash, contact lenses if needed, small flannel)
  • Small towel 
  • Hut shoes/ flip-flops for wearing inside the hut
  • Snacks and supplies for lunches (packed lunches can be bought in the huts too and help cut down on the weight of your pack) 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Hiking poles
  • Dry bags / different bags to organise your gear (makes finding things so much easier!)
  • Ear plugs!!
  • Small notebook and pen for route notes / recording inspiring thoughts along your journey
  • Camera