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Packing for a Hiking Trip: The Dos and Don'ts

SPAIN | Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | Views [37]

When embarking on a hiking trip, there are a number of things to remember to pack so that you’re fully equipped and prepared for every eventuality. You don’t want to be stuck on the road somewhere without access to basics like sock, but you also don’t want to be carrying more than you can comfortably carry.

They say that packing is an art in any case, and doing so for a hiking trip is even more of a challenge, so here are some of the more important dos and don’ts for packing for a hiking trip.


There’s often so much information to take in when packing for a hiking trip; things like what to bring, what not to bring and things you should look out for. We’ve condensed it down into a neat guide, so you can make sure you have the right ‘dos’ when it comes to packing.

Bring the Right Shoes

If you’re going on a hiking trip, no matter how long you’re going for, you’re going to want to bring comfortable shoes with you.

The harsh terrains that you’re likely to face on some hikes will prove to be quite strenuous on your feet. Therefore, you must ensure that you’re well equipped with waterproof, comfortable and sturdy shoes that you can wear for many hours every day.

Consider the Climate

Depending on exactly where you’re hiking to/from, the weather on the hiking trip is likely to be very different from the weather at home. The climate of your hiking trail will be a huge influencing factor on the equipment that you pack.

If you’re hiking through somewhere that experiences extreme cold weather, you’ll want to pack accordingly by ensuring you have plenty of warm layers and items such as hats, scarves and a big coat.

Be Ruthless

It can be so easy to think you need to be prepared for every eventuality under the sun, and while it is good to be prepared, when it comes to packing for a hiking trip, there definitely is such a thing as ‘too prepared’.

A hiking trip is going to be long, tedious and extremely exhausting anyway, so you don’t want to pack too much. Be ruthless when it comes to packing for your hiking trip; anything you’re slightly uncertain about, just don’t bring it!

Wash Your Clothing Items

In order to save as much space as possible when packing for a hiking trip, it’s a good idea to pack as few clothes as possible and just wash the clothes that you do bring every couple of days.

You might not get as many outfit choices, but you will be grateful for the lighter load on your back.


Naturally, there are plenty of ‘dos’ when it comes to packing for a hiking trip, but there are also a few significant ‘don’ts’ to ensure that you don’t bring unnecessary items.

Pack Too Much Food

Packing less food may seem like a daunting concept, but you’ll be ever so grateful that you don’t have masses of food to carry when your backpack is already causing you a fair bit of strain.

Make sure you’ve got the food items you need to sustain you on a daily basis, but don’t go overboard and pack too much food.

Skimp Out on Essential Snacks and Energy Sources

However, contrary to the point above, you also don’t want to forget to bring essential snacks that can help to keep your energy sources up when you’re feeling a little tired. Chocolate is a great snack to bring in order to keep your sugar levels up.

Forget to Bring the Basic Essentials

It may seem like an obvious point to make, but packing the basic essentials is something that people often forget about. Things like a sleeping bag, means to make a fire and waterproofs are all essential items that you’ll need.

There are lots of things to remember when packing for a hiking trip; make sure you make an extensive list of things you need so you can work out your ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. Practice makes perfect, so after a few trips under your belt, you will surely get the hang of it. Happy trails! 

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