So you are packing for a trek in the Alps? You have most probably thought of the big things to take with you (if not checkout this list). You’ve got your boots, your backpack and your waterproofs, but what about all the other bits and bobs that could come in handy? Here are the six pieces of kit you should definitely not leave without. It is the small things in life …
A headlamp is key to successfully navigating both the physical environs of a hut as well as it’s etiquette. One of those huts you’ll be staying at might not have electric lights or could have an outhouse separated from the hut by pitch black darkness at night. It will most definitely have some serious mountaineers in your dorm that will be in bed by 9pm to get up at 3am to storm that summit looming just behind the hut. They will not appreciate you turning the light on at midnight when you’re ready to go to bed.
… are priceless and maybe should even be the no. 1 item on this list. You will be sharing dorms with other people. At least one of them will always be a snorer.
Trekking from a hut to hut in the Alps, you will probably come across at least one hut with some fairly basic ablutions. Such as:
Need I say any more …
4. Water purification tablets
Not all huts in the Alps are supplied with drinking water. You can always buy drinking water at a hut to restock, so water purification tablets are not a must per se, but they are very nice to have to save on the cost, or for emergency re-supplies on a hot day.
I always like to take some simple plaster tape on trips with me. It can be used for so many things. I have fixed bandages, mended torn shorts and fixed soles falling off hiking boots with this light weight, multi-purpose marvel.
6. Swiss knife
Speaking of universal tools. You just have to have one of these with you, but you probably already knew that.
- The complete beginner’s guide to staying in an Alpine hut
- What to pack for the Alta Via 1 (and any other hut to hut trek)
- For future reference: glacier travel and crevasse rescue