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Hiking Holiday Packing List: Your pirate guide to packing!

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.

The right choice of luggage for your hiking holiday

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.

The basics

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)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Underwear
  • Thick hiking socks
  • Sunglasses
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Additionally for winter / cold regions:

  • A good hat 
  • Warm gloves
  • Crampons (For solid footing in icy conditions)

Hiking packing list: Equipment

At least as important as functional clothing is appropriate hiking equipment. These items are absolutely essential for any hike:

  • Walking sticks
  • A compass
  • A map
  • A lighter
  • A pocket knife (just make sure you don’t put it in your carry-on)
  • Matches
  • 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
  • GPS device
  • Emergency mobile phone (charged)

First aid kit

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 
  • Suncream
  • Mosquito and tick protection (check everywhere for ticks after your hike)

Packing list: Other items

  • ID card
  • Health insurance card
  • Enough cash (if necessary, EC-card)
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing kit
  • Spare laces
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Cosmetics (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair tie, brush, etc.)
  • Towel
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The backpack

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.

What clothing to bring on a hiking trip

Another important aspect of any hiking holiday is proper clothing. Of course, what you need depends largely on the season and the destination but there are still a few basic rules. When hiking, you dress in three layers: the base layer, the mid-layer and the outer layer. The better these layers are coordinated, the safer you will be for all weather conditions.

  • Base layer: Merino t-shirts are best suited for the lowest layer of clothing. Unlike cotton, Merino stays warm even when the material gets wet. Even sport t-shirts are possible, but those who are travelling for several days should note that synthetic fibre begins to smell faster than Merino wool.
  • Mid-layer: Optimal are fleece jackets with zips, so you can open and as close as needed
  • Outer layer: Whether you don a windbreaker or a rain jacket depends on the season and the climate. Bring a third layer regardless, as the weather can always change unexpectantly.

What are the best shoes for a hiking holiday?

The most important thing to consider when hiking is footwear. The shoes should at the very least be worn in. With new shoes you get sore easily, and once you get blisters the fun of hiking is over. Even sneakers are suitable for easy hikes on even terrain—the more difficult and rocky the terrain, the more sturdy the shoes should be. Ankle-high hiking boots are the best protection against sprains and ankle injuries.

Our pirate tip: Always buy hiking boots one size large! When we walk for a long time, our feet swell a bit, so a normal-sized shoe can quickly become too tight. In addition, hiking socks are thicker than regular socks, because they are reinforced in the "problem areas" and provide additional protection against bruises. Therefore, it is best to try hiking boots on with the appropriate socks.

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