List nr. 2: Trek with sleeping outside and cooking, from spring to autumn
I compiled this list based on the equipment for my five-day summer trek in the Austrian Alps, but then five days seemed like nothing to me, so I traveled with this equipment for a total of three weeks. I walked solo from Vienna to Mallnitz in the Hohe Tauern.
List author: Viktorka Hlaváčková, revisited by Pod 7 kilo
I did not strive for the lowest possible weight at any cost, but rather for a certain balance between weight and comfort. This list came out for a total of 3.6 kg of equipment carried on my back. You can also pack up for longer trips in under 7 kilos. For example, my equipment for a seven-month journey, during which I crossed the Caucasus on foot from the Black Sea to the Caspian, weighed slightly over 5 kg.
However, I am a relatively small, so I have a shortened sleeping bag and my clothes are lighter than those of tall people. You can also save weight if you go on a trek in pair or in even bigger groups, because you can share some equipment (tent, cooking equipment…). In general, the lists do not include the weight of items that are variable during the trek, i.e. food, fuel, water.
Items that I consider fundamental and that should not be missing in any trekking backpack are marked with a hyphen (-), items that I consider optional depending on the type of trek are marked with a plus sign (+). Click to get more information about each item.
No list of trekking equipment can be considered universal. Everyone of us have different demands and experiences, and because mountain conditions can vary greatly in terms of destination, altitude or season. The list must always be adapted to the specific route and personal requirements. This list can be used for the period from spring to autumn, and does not take into account the demanding snow passages, for which you will also need to equip yourself with crampons, ice ax, snow covers, helmet, etc.
So wherever you go, I wish you a happy journey, lots of experiences and a light backpack!
1) Packing and organizing
– trekking backpack
The best is to choose a backpack with a smaller capacity to motivate yourself not to take unnecessary things. But be careful that after packing all the equipment, you need to have enough space left in the backpack for food and water. Of course, if you have the opportunity to buy groceries every other day during the trek, you need much less space than if you donn't have the opportunity to buy groceries for two weeks, for example. If you bring a lot of supplies with you, it is good to check in advance what is the maximum load capacity of the backpack you want to use.
My choice: Gossamer Gear Kumo 36 L, 525 g
– protecting your stuff from water
To keep your sleeping bag, clothes and electronics dry in any weather, it's a good idea to use a waterproof liner which fills your backpack. You can also sort things into smaller waterproof bags. It's safer than a raincoat that can slide or even be torn down by the wind. On the other hand, raincoat also protect equipment on the outside of your backpack and in outer pockets. It is safest to use both, a waterproof liner and a raincoat, because during heavy and persistent rains only a raincoat is not enough. I use a simple transparent bag with a double closure for small electronics, money and a mobile phone.
My choice: Waterproof pack liner, 90 g and aLoksak waterproof sack (it can also be used as a wallet), 6 g
Alternative: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sack, from 16 g
Alternative: Backpack raincover
+ hygiene bag
It is good to pack all hygiene products in a transparent resealable bag so that they are together and easy to find in the backpack and so that if a bottle is opened, its contents do not spill into the backpack.
My choice: Eagle Creek 3-1-1 Travel Sac (also suitable when traveling by plane), 34 g
+ other organizers
It's good to have your things organized in your backpack, so that it doesn't take long to find them. For example, I put clothes and food in mesh sacks. If I don't have a large waterproof pack liner in my backpack, I use smaller waterproof bags, that keeps everything dry and organized. You can also fold the clothes together using the bundle wrapping method, or if you have leggings to sleep in, you can stuff the rest of your clothes in pants.
My choice: Cocoon Mesh Stuff Sacks
Practical alternative for clothes, that can also be used as a pillow: Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube, from 46 g
– sleeping bag
You can choose a sleeping bag with a filling made of synthetic materials or down feathers. Those who pack lightly usually reach for the down one. Down is significantly lighter than synthetics in relation to thermal comfort. Quality Down "puffs up" more than synthetics, which creates a layer of air insulation. The larger the volume of the down, the greater the so-called fullness, which is measured in units of cuin (cubic inches). The more cuin, the warmer it will be in your sleeping bag with the same weight of filling.
My choice: Cumulus X-Lite 300, 465 g
Cheaper alternative: Cumulus Lite Line 300, 600 g
Summer alternative: Cumulus Magic 125 Zip, 270 g
– tarp / tent
Some people like to sleep just under the sky and in the case of rain they build a light shelter without a floor, others are happiest in a tent. Everyone has their reasons for preferring one over the other. The most reasonable is to rely on your own experience and especially to reflect the weather you may encounter along the way, and how you yourself are able to deal with it. Personally, I think that on most treks, a tarp is a fully adequate and significantly lighter choice than a tent if you know how set it up well. But some people feel safer or more comfortable in the tent. One thing is important - you should be able to build what you take with you even after dark.
My choice: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Tarp Poncho, 184 g
Alternative tent for one person: NEMO Hornet 1P, 907 g
Alternative tent for two people: Gossamer Gear The Two, 995 g
– sleeping pad
Lightweight sleeping pads are basically of two types - you can choose between inflatable and foam. The advantage of inflatables is higher comfort and less storage space, while foam are more durable. The lightest inflatables are even lighter than the lightest foam. For a trek, when you sleep in a tent or you know in advance that there will be enough nice places to sleep, inflatable pad is a fairly clear choice. But if you are used to punk bivouacing, looking for a place to sleep often after dark or sleeping all over the pangas, you will appreciate the foam one, which can be quickly unpacked and packed again, and which will not get damaged by the thorns. Personally, I'm usually more of the punk type, and I prefer the inflatable only on snow, but I couldn't resist trying the lightest inflatable pad in the world.
My choice: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite, 240 g
Warmer alternative: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite, od 340 g
Foam alternative: Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite, od 380 g
– tent pegs
Tent pegs also come in hande for putting up a tarp. Not that it's not possible without them, but they significantly expand your building options, and, they add more stability and wind resistance compared to sharpened sticks. After all, if you are going to the harsher weather with a tent, maybe the pegs that were delivered with your tent in one package are not nearly as good as your tent. If you want to save a bit of weight, you can combine different types of pegs - for the main fixing of the tent, take the reliable and a little heavier ones, plus add a few light ones.
My choice of main pegs: 4 x MSR Mini Ground Hog Stake, 10 g
My choice of lighter pegs (also suitable when traveling by plane): 4 x Swiss piranha plastic pegs, from 3 g
+ sleeping bag cover
Waterproof bag, which protects your sleeping bag from moisture, will be appreciated especially by those who like to camp without a tent. At the same time, your sleeping bag is protected against dirt and wind, so it helps increase thermal comfort. It should be made of a breathable membrane, otherwise you will sweat a lot and get wet, even if not a sigle drop falls from the sky.
My choice: High Point Super Light 2.0 Cover, 230 g
Cheaper alternative if you are not going to use it that often: Montbell Tyvek Sleeping Bag Cover, 156 g
It can come in handy not only for building a shelter, but also as a protective pad under an inflatable mat or tent. It will also make sleeping under the sky more pleasant.
I recommend: Gossamer Gear Polycryo
+ pump/pump sack to inflate your sleeping pad
If you don't want to blow moisture into your inflatable mat or if you don't want to waste time with inflating and instead start preparing dinner straight away, a small pump or bag adapted for inflating mats is a good decision.
I recommend: NeoAir Micro pump
– waterproof membrane jacket
An important parameter of the membrane is not only the water resistance, but also the breathability so that you do not sweat too much in the jacket. The advantage is if the jacket has ventilation in the armpit, a removable hood, under which the helmet can fit, tightening in the neck area, on the sleeves and bottom hem, or pockets located above the fastened hipbelt. Three-layer membranes are more durable than less-layered, but usually also heavier.
My choice: Montbell Storm Cruiser Jacket women's, 240 g
Men's: Montbell Storm Cruiser Jacket men's, 277 g
Lighter, less durable alternative: Montane Minimus Jacket women's, 172 g
Men's: Montane Minimus Jacket men's, 186 g
– convertible pants
It saves weight for shorts, and instead of changing clothes, you just zip or unzip your pants. They should be made of durable and quick-drying material, comfortable, and when they also have a water-resistant DWR and good big pockets, it is ideal.
My choice: The North Face W Exploration Convertible Pant, 312 g
Men's: The North Face W Exploration Convertible Pant, 390 g
– fleece jacket
Excellent material are various types of fleece from Polartec. The Power Grid or Alpha Direct, for example, offer a great ratio between weight and insulation, and the Classic Micro stand is also a good choice. Comfortable sweatshirts are also made of merino wool, but they are heavier and dry slowly. The zippered sweatshirt will be a bit heavier, but will help the thermoregulation better. A turtleneck jacket can replace a scarf / shawl. In colder weather, it is more efficient to wear two sweatshirts or a sweatshirt and a jacket than to wear one thick sweater.
My choice: Montane Allez Micro Pull-on women's, 142 g
Men's: Montane Allez Micro Pull-on men's, 156 g
Second jacket for women: The North Face W 100 Glacier Full Zip women's, 260 g
Second jacket for men: The North Face M 100 Glacier Full Zip men's, 300 g
– first insulation layer
It is good for sleeping and as a base layer in cold weather. It should be made of a material that takes moisture away from the body. Excellent is merino wool, which is warm considering its weight, is naturally antibacterial and resists odor for a long time. The vast majority of people feel comfortable in it.
Women's: Icebreaker 175 Everyday LS Crewe Women's, 141 g
Men's: Icebreaker Oasis LS Crewe Men's, 213 g
– T-shirt with short sleeves
One merino wool t-shirt is enough for me. It resists odors for a long time, so it is not necessary to wash it so often, and at the same time it insulates well even when it is wet. In the summer, when it is warm, I wash it regularly in rivers or streams, and when wet I wear it - it dries quickly, and at the same time it cools down pleasantly for a while. Of course, you can take more of them with you. If I go on a long trek, I take a needle and thread with me, because the merino can't last under a backpack for a long time, and here and there I have a hole in it. Nevertheless, the merino pays off for me, compared to synthetic T-shirts, which don't feel so comfortable on my body, smell earlier and don't insulate well when wet.
My choice: Icebreaker Tech Lite SS Low Crewe women's, 115 g
Men's: Icebreaker Tech Lite SS men's, 145 g
– trekking socks
Good trekking socks can eliminate the number of blisters and prevent mold on the feet. If you are going on a summer trek, don't let them fool just because they are thick - merino trekking socks will wick sweat away from your feet (they absorb more moisture) than thin ones, especially if you are walking in heavy shoes. If you have running shoes without a membrane, which are very breathable, even thin ones should be enough for high temperatures.
Women's: Icebreaker Hike Cool Lite 3/4 Women's, 64 g
Men's: Icebreaker Hike Lite Crew Men's, 72 g
Light alternative women's: Icebreaker Run+ Micro Ultralight Cushion Women's, 25 g
Light alternative men's: Icebreaker Run+ Micro Ultralight Cushion Men's, 27 g
The underwear that you wear directly on the body should be as comfortable as possible. Therefore, it should not strangle anywhere, it should not retain moisture and a big advantage is when it dries quickly. From autumn to spring I carry more pieces with me, but during the summer, when the clothes dry quickly, I only need two pieces, which I wash every day. On a shorter trek, it is enough to wash with clean water without detergents, if you have underwear made of merino wool, which has natural antibacterial properties.
Mychoice: Icebreaker Siren Bikini, 24 g
Men's: Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers, 53 g
+ waterproof socks
They are suitable especially for running shoes without a membrane in case of long rains and cold days. How long your foot stays dry in them is mainly determined by the terrain in which you move in the rain - if you walk in them on a paved road, you can keep your feet dry even after a day of walking. They work even when walking thrrough a stream (even without shoes!), but in wet grass or wet snow they soak significantly faster (this is due to the high pressure on the membrane). But even when the socks get wet, they retain a pleasant warmth - they are also windproof.
My choice: Bridgedale Storm Sock LW Ankle, 90 g
+ waterproof trousers
Membrane trousers are great for bad weather, when it rains all day and it's cold. Membranes without lining are generally not suitable for wearing directly on the body, because sweat and grease from the skin significantly impairs their functionality, in addition, you would quickly sweat as hell. That's why I wear leggings under waterproof pants if possible. Waterproof trousers should definitely have zippers on the pants so that they can be put on over shoes, or they can also serve as ventilation.
I recommend: Montane Minimus Pants, 141 g
+ windproof trousers
They are best for the weather, when it is warm, so that you would sweat in leggings and waterproof pants, but at the same time it rains for a day or more and the wind blows, so it would be cold in soaked pants or shorts. Windproof trousers get wet quickly, but then they tend to stick to the legs, which retains a thin layer of water near the body, which you can quickly warm up with body heat. At the same time, wind has no power over them, so you can maintain thermal comfort more easily. Mine dry so fast that after the rain I don't have to lug around with wet, water-soaked pants. They often dry even before the rain stops (in light rain they dry under the influence of body heat and wind). At the same time, in cold weather, I use them as another layer over the leggings when I go to sleep - a thin layer of heated air is created between the leggings and windproof pants, so I feel warmer (but if it's not cold, you could sweat in them). Due to their low weight, this is a lot of profit for a few extra grams.
I recommend: Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants, 77 g
+ windproof jacket
When I climb a mountain or a ridge, I usually sweat, and there is wind blowing at the top. Water and wind can quickly dissipate heat from the body, so especially in these situations, a tiny windproof jacket, which fits in my pocket, is priceless. Similarly, I can also use a waterproof jacket, but it is too big to carry it with me if I just go for a walk and also I want to save the waterproof jacket for worse weather, so that the membrane stays functional for as long as possible. In addition, it is especially important for men that the wind jacket is much more breathable than a membrane jacket and is thus better in a situation when you sweat a lot and a cold wind blows at the same time. In colder weather, the wind jacket also helps me to stay warm, and in combination with a sweatshirt, there is a big difference.
I recommend: Montbell EX Light Wind Jacket Women's, 40 g
Men's: Montbell EX Light Wind Jacket Men's, 47 g
+ down jacket
From autumn to spring, it is indispensable for me in the mountains. It is also good for colder evenings in summer, when, for example, I travel with friends and I know that we will often sit and gossip somewhere outside. When I go alone, I usually leave it at home, because during the day I warm up by walking, and in the evening or in the morning I can use a down sleeping bag while cooking and unpacking. In cold rainy weather, I wear a waterproof jacket over a down jacket, and in freezing temperatures I use it instead of a sweatshirt under a winter jacket. When it get really cold at night it is also good as an extra insulating layer in your sleeping bag.
Women's: MontBell Superior Down Parka women's, 225 g
Men's: MontBell Superior Down Parka Men's, 252 g
If you are also the type of a person who sets off on a trek pretty chubby, and then you lose weight radically in a few weeks, you may appreciate a belt. And when you do carry a belt, at least multifunctional, with a hidden pocket on the inside.
I recommend: Pacsafe Cashsafe, 70 g
A hat or baseball cap can be used against both the sun and the rain, but not everyone wears it. A warm hat is especially good if your clothes does not have a comfortable hood suitable for colder weather. You can use the multifunctional scarf on the neck if you do not have a turtleneck, over the ears against the wind or even on the head against the sun, if it is not very warm.
Against sun and rain: High Point Rain Hat, 42 g
Against cold: Icebreaker Pocket Hat, 39 g
Multi-purpose alternative: Flexi chute
– trail running shoes/heavy hiking boots
The most commonly used trekking shoes are of two kinds - cross-country running shoes and heavy hiking boots. After many disappointments with membrane shoes, one day I decided to try membrane-free leather shoes, and after an excellent experience with them, I fundamentally reject the membrane in a trekking shoe. Membrane shoes need a long time to dry and are significantly worse in taking moisture away, while in terms of long-term use, their water resistance is not significantly better than with classic leather shoes. Recently, there is a big trend to wear running shoes without a membrane for treks, because they are significantly lighter and more breathable than hiking boots. I can definitely recommend this option, especially for summer treks in light or medium terrain (in case of rain, you can put on membrane socks). If difficult passages await you in the mountains, where an accident can easily occur, I would definitely prefer the hiking shoes. One practical example: you're crossing a snow field so you don't see what's under the snow - suddenly your foot sinks deep into the snow, into a hole between the rocks below. Best, you just cause abrasions to your ankles, worse, you break your ankle. When choosing shoes, it is simply always good to think in advance about the terrain that awaits you, and not to follow new trends blindly and at any cost. There is no point in rejecting hiking shoes.
On the long trek, you can appreciate another pair of ight shoes (e.g. barefoot sandals Huarache), which will serve perfectly during rest time, so that your feet can relax from the mountains, or for crossing rivers.
You can put a foldable toothbrush anywhere you like, because the bristles are hidden in the handle of the toothbrush. In addition, the foldable toothbrush takes up less space in the hygiene bag than the classic one.
My choice: GUM Travel, 19 g
You can put the toothpaste into a small container depending on how long you are going to spend on a trek. Even better is a concentrated toothpaste. You only need to apply a little bit of it on the toothbrush.
My choice: Ajona Stomaticum 25 ml, 43 g
+ quick-dry towel
You can do without a towel on the trek, if you don't mind drying yourself using a T-shirt, for example. If you are a hitch-hiker in the Galaxy, then I do not need to explain anything about the towel to you. Otherwise, a towel can also be used, for example, as a headdress, ear-scarf, neck scarf, to dry a tarp or tent, you can wrap it around the part of your body you are cold on in a sleeping bag, sit on it, become a toreador with it. The best is when it is a compact quick-drying towel with antibacterial treatment.
I recommend: Sea to Summit AIRlite towel, 53 g
+ universal soap
You can use universal concentrated soap to wash yourself, instead of shampoo, to wash your clothes, to wash food (e.g. vegetables after dumpster diving…). Because it is concentrated, you only need to use a little of it, so it either lasts a long time or you can pour it into a small bottle. .
I recommend: Lifeventure All-Purpose Soap, od 130 g
+ menstrual cup
One small thing that you can use for several years, which will make you comfortable for many days, will save you time and money buying standard women's hygiene products and, in besides a piece of silicone, will produce zero waste. You no longer have to carry the unwanted waste in your backpack on a several-day trek until you finally hit the trash can. You only need a little bit of clean water to wash your menstrual cup, and when your red period is over, you simply boil the cup. Gentlemen will, please, keep all funny remarks to themselves. ;)
+ toilet shovel
We never needed toilet shovels for treks, so why carry them now? Yes, it is one of the trends, but trends are not always bad. And in the case of toilet shovels, this is certainly true. Especially if you are going somewhere where, in addition to you, hundreds or thousands of other tourists are going in the season. It may sometimes happen to you that you find a beautiful place to sleep and then you find out that there is no space to set up a tent for the excrements. If you want to save some grams in a backpack fand still have a shovel, choose one that can also be used as a tent peg (or a peg that can be used as a shovel).
My choice: MSR Blizzard Tent Stake, 27 g
Even if you are of the opinion that people are allowed to stink on a trek, it does not mean that you could not use deodorant. Potassium Alum deodorant can also be used as a gadget in a first aid kit, because its application helps with burns, disinfects minor injuries, removes swelling after insect bites, stops minor bleeding and can also be used to sanitize your hands. Just add a little bit of water and it's ready to use. You can cut just a short piece for the way.
My choice: Purity Vision Deocrystal, 80 g
+ comb/hair brush
If you are not hairless, you will definitely appreciate a comb on a trek. And if you have a thick mane and want to avoid screed dreadlocks, you can use a foldable brush.
+ scissors/nail clippers
Small nail scissors or clippers can be useful especially if you are planning a longer trek. Experienced adventurers can cut their nails with a knife.
6) Food, drink, cooking
You can neatly stack all your cooking equipment into your pot or you can also use it to transport food instead of a food box, or to take water from wells.
My choice: Keith Mug 900 ml, 127 g
Smart alternative: GSI Halulite Minimalist II, 180 g
Smart alternative for two: GSI Halulite Microdualist II, 505 g
– stove and fuel
Light stoves include mainly gas and alcohol stoves. Alcohol can be solid, which is more suitable for heating water than for cooking food, or liquid alcohol, which you buy easily in most pharmacies. In addition, it is a good disinfectant in case of injury. A lightweight liquid alcohol stove can be easily made, for example, from a beer can. Gas cookers have the advantage that thefire can be regulated and they are faster. Cooking more complex meals in larger quantities or for more people is definitely more comfortable with them.
My choice: DIY alcohol stove
Alternative gas stove: Robens Fire Midge Titanium, 45 g
Alternative solid fuel stove: Esbit pocket stove, 84 g
Knife is quite an essential tool for anyone who wonders for a long time in nature, especially if you need to improvise for any reason. For a classic trek, a small foldable knife is usually enough, a large hunting jackknife is more of an ornament for bushcrafters.
My choice: Deejo knife, od 27 g
Alternative: Antonini Old Bear Total Black knife, 31 g
The practical cutlery is spork - a combination of a spoon and a fork. In recent years, it has gained popularity among hikers, but some people prefer a good spoon. I prefer a foldable spork that fits in the pot.
My choice: Esbit Titanium Spork, 17 g
Cheaper alternative with a plastic knife: Sea to Summit Delta Spork, 19 g
You can use a fire-starter, but it is necessary to learn how to handle it. Or matches, preferably water-resistant, or a classic petrol or gas lighter. Whatever you prefer, I would definitely recommend having at least a few waterproof matches hidden somewhere (preferably in a survival kit) for case of emergency.
Lighter: True Utility FireStash, 12 g
Fire-starter: Lifesystems Dual-action Firestarter, 44 g
Waterproof matches: Lifesystems Stormproof Matches Refill pack, 23 g
– water bottles
You should be able to carry at least three liters of water on the trek. More in dry areas, of course. As a standard, I carry one two-liter bottle, which I use at the same time as a camelbag, and one one-liter bottle. Collapsible bottles have the advantage that they do not take up much more space in the backpack than the water itself. In addition, it is easier to fill them with water where there are low taps.
If you're not Bear Grylls, don't forget to pack food for the trek! You can eat, for example, couscous, instant noodles and other pasta, rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, legumes, chocolate, cheese, nuts, dried fruit, meat and energy bars. Instead of standard pastries, tortillas are suitable, they last longer and take up less space in the backpack. A dehydrated diet is weight-effective. You can dry the food yourself at home, but many people prefer to buy a dehydrated food that is tasty and nutritious, and just pour hot water in it.
+ drink tube/camelbag
Camelbag or a drink tube that you can screw onto a bottle will make it easier for you to drink while walking. You don't want to take your backpack off your back for every drink, sipping from a tube takes no effort. Thanks to it, you can prevent dehydration and the problems associated with it.
My choice: Platypus Drink Tube Kit, 60 g
+ water filter or water purification tablets
Especially in areas with a lack of drinking water, the filter will come in handy. You can get small mechanical filters that fit well in your pocket and that do not use any chemicals for cleaning. In nature, a filter should be enough to remove mechanical impurities from water: bacteria and protozoa. In civilization and some developing countries, you also need to get rid of viruses and chemicals. If you expect enough drinking water on the way, it is still good to pack a few water purification tablets in the first aid kit or survival kit for emergency.
I recommend: Sawyer water filter, 52 g
Purification tablets: Lifesystems Chlorine Dioxide Tablets, 39 g
– mobile phone and charger
A few decades ago we all did without a mobile phone, today a mountain trek without a phone is considered to be highly irresponsible behavior. You can use it to call for help and save your or other people's life. Wish your mother a good night from under the starry sky, download the necessary maps, books, music or even work. But do not forget the charger and cable…
You can your mobile phone or any other flashlight, but you need your hands free to move in more demanding night terrain or, for example, when setting up a tent. The headlight should definitely not be missing in the equipment for any trek.
My choice: Petzl BINDI, 35 g
Lighter and cheaper alternative: Petzl e+LITE, 27 g
Electricity storage for your mobile phone or other electronic devices.
My choice: Goal Zero Venture 30, 252 g
+ solar panel
If you go on a trek for a few days, you will probably only need a power bank. For longer adventures, a quality solar panel is an essential part of the equipment for me, especially if I move out of civilization for a long time.
I recommend: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus, 433 g
+ socket adaptor
The socket adapter comes in handy if you are going to a country where they have different types of sockets than in your home country. You can find more information about sockets in various countries on this web zasuvky.hw.cz. If you are going to more than one country, then the universal adapter is probably the best, and the advantage is that you can charge more devices at once with it.
My choice: Easy Camp Universal Travel Adaptor, 97 g
Lighter alternative, for USB only: Hähnel Duo Traveller, 61 g
+ spare USB cable
On longer trecks, I found out that it is a good idea to carry a spare USB cable with me. This is something that is easily damaged and the functionality of your electrical equipment depends on it.
+ photo equipment
You may be an occasional amateur photographer or a professional who goes to the mountains mainly for photos. Demands for photo equipment are quite individual. Some people appreciate the lightweight trekking equipment so that he can take at least three lenses and a tripod, for others a tiny compact will be unnecessary junk, because the iPhone will be enough. Rule number one is - don't drag what you don't use.
8) First aid kit
– first aid kit
There is no need to discuss the importance of a first aid kit. You can assemble it yourself or buy an equipped one. But just buying it and then packing it in a backpack could be a fatal mistake. It is important to know its content well and be able to use it correctly. In addition, the pre-equiped first-aid kits do not contain medicines, and often also disinfection, tweezers or flexible bandages, so they need to be finished by you anyway. In addition to the basic first aid equipment, its content will depend on what ailments you are prone to and under what conditions and with how many people you go. However, it is still true that even the most equipped first aid kit will never be better than your first aid skills. If you are not sure about your knowledge of first aid, then the best thing you can do for yourself is to sign up for a course, for example at the Czech Red Cross. This will give you the opportunity not only to practise what you read about in books, but also to consult your doubts with experts and try out basic tasks, such as heart massage, in practice.
My choice: Supportmed first-aid kit, 182 g
Especially in places, where you encounter snow, sunglasses with UV protection are an essential part of the equipment. In the event of an emergency, a translucent fabric can be tied over the eyes, but such protection is not sufficient for a long time and you will not see through it as well as through glasses, which can lead to injury. Snow blindness is a health problem that is by no means worth the risk. If you take photos on the go, you can also use the glasses as an improvised polarizing filter.
+ trekking poles
Trekking is really hard on your joints. Trekking poles will help distribute the weight of the body and backpack and engage other muscles and joints than those on legs. They also help with deportment. They make it easier to walk uphill faster, provide relief to your knees when descending, and in confusing terrain (such as wetlands in tall grass, at night or when wading rivers) will extend your hands and turn them into handy terrain explorers.
My choice: Fizan Compact Trekking Poles, 170 g
You don't need a big package to the mountains like you do for a holiday by the sea. But the burnt nose will definitely not make the trek more pleasant with the burning mountain sun. So a small package, and at least SPF 50.
I recommend: Lifesystems Sport SPF 50, 50 ml, 68 g
+ insect/tick repellent
If you are going to places with a high incidence of insects, it will come in handy. If you're not sure if you need a repellent, you should reach for a small package.
I recommend: Lifesystems Expedition 50+ 25-100 ml, od 32 g
+ tick remover
A tick remover is especially useful in lower altitudes with a high incidence of ticks.
+ survival kit
Survival kit is your partner in trouble. Some of your equipment is broken? In the survival kit you find tools to repair it. Did you not bring a water filter with you? There are some disinfectant tablets. You lose a lighter, a knife, you need a string, you run out of fuel for cooking…? You can assemble your own survival kit or buy a pre-equipped one. In pre-equipped ones, there is usually not everything I need from my experience, so I compose my own survival kit, and carry it in a transparent waterproof bag instead of in a box. On the other hand, in the pre-equipped survival kit, there are so many wonderfully small practical tweaks that I use them too.
I recommend: Kousky světa mini survival kit, 155 g
+ map (paper one)
Paper maps are not dead! They do not depend on electricity, they do not shine in the sun and it is much easier to plan a route with them than with maps in your phone. It is advisable to have a waterproof cover or even better, have them laminated before the trip or print them on waterproof paper.
I recommend: aLoksak waterproof sack, 20 g
Especially if you are using paper maps and if you go off the marked routes, compass will save you from getting lost. Even that cell phone can stop working. And navigating with a compass is not that complicated that you wouldn't learn it in an hour.
+ trekking umbrella
Many people appreciate a light and durable umbrella on the trek. For example, as protection from the sun in desert areas. Trekking umbrellas can usually be attached to the shoulder strap of a backpack, leaving your hands free. Personally, I haven't tried an umbrella on a trek yet, but I have a few acquaintances who love it.
I recommend: Swing liteflex, 217 g
+ notebook and pen
We are looking forward to your comments and we will be happy if you let us know about other gadgets that have worked for you and we do not know about them yet.