What to bring in your hiking backpack – Winter
- thermal underwear, both long or short sleeve t-shirt and leggings, breathable and warm;
- breathable t-shirts, made of synthetic material (not cotton, to be used over underwear and under fleece);
- long winter hiking trousers (no ski pants);
- multiple pairs of anti-blister/synthetic trekking socks;
- hiking boots (comfortable and tested, ankle-high);
- a couple of slightly heavier fleeces (one fleece should be kept in the backpack, it only serves as a change in case of rain or snow);
- vest or light jacket (to be removed when going uphill and to be put on when stopping for a short time and when going downhill);
- heavy jacket (warm, light, comfortable, to carry in your backpack and useful for long breaks during packed lunches);
- brimmed hat or headband.
- backpack (capacity around 20-30 litres, better with anatomical backrest and padded belt) with backpack cover;
- trekking poles;
- trekking boots (comfortable and tested, ankle-high);
- 1 liter water bottle or “camelbak” type water bag or thermos;
- snowshoes (for fresh snow and flat or low-slope terrain. They can also be rented on site);
- ice cleats (for paths with frozen ground or compact, frozen snow and sections with greater slopes, less than 20%), not to be confused with crampons
Optional…but very useful!
- camera and charger;
- phone and charger;
- needle and thread;
- multipurpose tool/ knife.