Everything you really need for your hiking trip

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

DAY HIKE (part one)

During my years of hiking, climbing and other outdoor activities as well as my job as a guide there is this one line that I always refer to if someone is asking me what they should pack for their hike:

"As much as necessary, as little as possible."

So I would like to divide this packing list into two pieces as there is a difference between day hikes and multi day hikes.

Hiking Saxer Lücker | Girl in the mountains | CYou

One piece of advice, no matter if you are going into the mountains or the bush - ALWAYS check the latest weather forecast. I have seen so many people struggling who came unprepared just by not checking the conditions. There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

So let's dig in:

● Water (bottle or other drinking system - min. 1.5l)

● Small backpack (20l should be sufficient for a day hike)

● Mid Layer (Shirt, (Zip-off-)trousers)

● Hiking shoes or boots

● Rain jacket

● Fully charged mobile phone and/or map

● Small care package (sun screen, tissues, blister plaster, antihistamines etc.)

● Lunch box (bread, fruits, muesli bar)

● Sunglasses

● Hat

● Nice to have (pocket knife, poles)


Please do not underestimate this very first point. Rather take too much than too little. Not enough water, especially on hot days, can cause you some serious problems such as disorientation, dizziness etc. So for a big guy like myself (1.94m | 6 foot | 100kg) I need to take at least 3 liters for a hot day and a full day hike, while my girlfriend is okay with 1.5l per day. So know your consumption.

Small Backpack

Don't make it too big or fancy on your day hike. 20l should be absolutely sufficient and an old rucksack does the work just as well as a new one from your retailer. So better safe your money here for some proper shoes or boots. If it doesn't have a rain cover - no worries about that, just pack yourself a rubbish bag where you can still store all your belongings.

Mid Layer

Depending on the weather circumstances you certainly need different clothes. But let's make it easy: - Zip-off hiking pants come in super handy

- T-shirt: Synthetic fibers are much lighter, cooler and dry faster, but they start to smell quite fast (which is not important while on a hike). Me personally I still prefer cotton on cooler days. The non-plus-ultra are the Merino fibers, but they cost a fortune. So if you don't plan to hike for days it is probably not necessary to invest in that kind of equipment.

- Fleece sweater for colder days - light and warm

Hiking Shoes or Boots: