Day Hike in Europe Gear List

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel

You’re off on a day hike in Europe. The most important question is what to pack and how to stay comfortable. This advice from Dev Randhawa will help.

First, consider:

  • How long does the hike take on average?
  • What is the altitude gain?
  • What is the weather forecast?
  • Will you be hiking by yourself?

Here are some tips for what to bring to stay warm, dry and happy when you’re out on a day hike.

  • A day pack is the most essential piece of equipment for any hike.
  • Water bottle, preferably with a loop in it to secure to the outside of your pack.
  • Besides lunch and a fruit, bring along some nuts and chocolate for energy.
  • Band-aids and antiseptic ointment in case of minor cuts and blisters.
  • A charged cell phone in case you get lost.
  • Camera
  • Small notepad and pen
  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots, depending on the terrain of the hike.
  • Two pairs of socks. Wearing two pairs of socks protects against blisters. If you are wearing boots, it’s extremely helpful to have one thin pair of socks for sweat-absorption underneath a thicker pair of socks that can be pulled up over your ankles.
  • Comfortable trousers, zip-off trousers or long shorts that do not constrain your waist.
  • A long sleeved shirt to protect against the sun, and a hat to protect your head and ears from too much sun.
  • No matter what the weather looks like when you leave, pack a lightweight fleece and a lightweight rain jacket for inevitable sudden weather changes.


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