What to bring in your hiking backpack – Winter

Here are our tips for a trip in 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.
  • gloves.


  • backpack (capacity around 20-30 litres, better with anatomical backrest and padded belt) with backpack cover;
  • trekking poles;
  • gaiters;
  • 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
  • headlamp;
  • sunglasses;
  • sunscreen;

Optional…but very useful!

  • camera and charger;
  • phone and charger;
  • binoculars;
  • needle and thread;
  • whistle;
  • multipurpose tool/ knife.

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