So you’ve decided to put on your hiking boots and see some breathtaking landscapes on a hiking holiday. Good on you, us pirates are more inclined to maritime endeavours but let’s conquer this mountain together.
The first step is packing for the journey. Luckily, we’ve got a list of things you’ll need and a few tips to share to make this hiking trip a breeze.
Before you can pack your bag for a hiking holiday, you still need the right piece of luggage. The obvious choice, of course, is a rucksack. Now don’t go buying any old one, or convincing yourself that your old school bag will do—grab one that is practical and protects your back. You'll have to carry everything with you from A to B for the whole journey, and a decent rucksack will be easier on your shoulders and back.
Here you will find a packing list with the basic clothing and equipment for hiking. For a multi-day hiking trip, you should take the appropriate change of clothes (shirts, socks and underwear).
Hiking boots/trekking sandals
Short trekking pants or long trekking pants/zip-off trekking pants
A practical shirt (one that drys quickly and doesn’t get heavy when wet)
Fleece sweater/fleece jacket
Rain jacket (Make sure it's waterproof, not just water resistant! Water resistant jackets resist water about as well as pirates resist rum)
Thick hiking socks
Additionally for winter / cold regions:
A good hat
Crampons (For solid footing in icy conditions)
At least as important as functional clothing is appropriate hiking equipment. These items are absolutely essential for any hike, regardless of how long or short it might be, to avoid getting lost:
A pocket knife (just make sure you don’t put it in your carry-on)
Some cash (possibly your bank card)
A drink bottle (You can even grab fancy one with a water filter in it)
Energy bar/glucose tablets
Flashlight + batteries
Emergency mobile phone (charged)
Often overlooked is the travel first aid kit, which is important even for short hiking trips. Whether it be sunburn, nausea or a bruise after a fall, without a first aid kit, a hike can be over sooner than you’d like. So be prepared and grab these essentials:
Your personal medication (Don’t forget your inhaler if you need one!)
Wound and blister plaster
Pain and fever remedies
Toilet paper (or some wet wipes)
Allergy pills (possibly nasal spray and eye drops)
Some antiseptic cream for cuts and scrapes
Mosquito and tick protection (check everywhere for ticks after your hike)
Even if you're out in the wilderness, you never know what sort of things you might need. You might need to make some quick repairs, emergency purchases or quickly freshen up. Here's a list of general items that could be needed.
Health insurance card
Enough cash (if necessary, EC-card)
Cosmetics (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair tie, brush, etc.)
We mentioned this earlier, but now for the details. There are practical hiking rucksacks which have enough capacity for day trips, the aptly-named "daypacks". However, the longer the hike, the more equipment you will have—and the more important a good quality rucksack is. Your rucksack should always sit comfortably on your back and not move back and forth, rubbing up against your back as you walk.
Our pirate tip: Go to your local hiking/outdoor sporting store to make sure your rucksack is properly adjusted.