1. Wind/rain jacket and rain trousers – it is imperative to take weatherproof clothing with you, and do not underestimate high altitudes which might mean differences in temperature on your route. It’s better to be too warm and you can take something off than taking home pneumonia as a souvenir.
2. Pocket knife – for cutting food or minor manual procedures.
3. Tissues – be it for a runny nose, dirty hands or as a serviette. Tissues are a definite must!
4. Provisions – these should be nutritious, but not too heavy. For drinks, you should pack at least one litre of water per person and supplement this with diluted fruit juices or slightly sweetened tea. Food should be mostly carbohydrates, as they provide quick energy. Perfect snacks are bananas, muesli bars, wholegrain products, and nuts. A main meal should be something like pasta or potato salad. It is better to forget chocolate biscuits, bacon sandwiches etc., as these require too much energy to be digested.
5. Hiking boots that go over the ankle – so that you have good support and don’t twist your ankle.
6. Map – because we have smartphones we tend to leave maps at home. But what if you don’t have any reception for your phone, or the battery runs out? Play it safe, draw your route on a traditional map and take it with you.