The more weight you carry on your back on a hike, the harder you make it. That’s why it’s especially important on multi-day hikes to take as little as possible.
“Most hikers take far too much with them, ” says Thomas Bucher, a spokesman for the German Alpine Club (DAV).
“I would think very carefully about taking luxury items like shower gel, moisturiser or makeup, ” he says. A toothbrush, toothpaste and a small piece of soap are probably enough.
“After all, people go into the mountains to experience something other than what they do in the valley, ” adds Bucher.
He also advises being selective about mobile batteries like power banks and choosing smaller, lighter models – if you pack one at all.
“Of course mobile phones are important in emergencies. But what’s more effective than an extra battery is to leave your phone on airplane mode, ” he says.
That’s especially important in the mountains because a phone’s constant search for a network connection eats up the battery.
Books and games can also be left behind at home: they are often provided in mountain cabins, and in any case, evenings in the cabin are best spent with other guests.
Extra shoes for wearing around the cabin are also unnecessary as they are also usually provided. And if you book half board that can also save you carrying around food and cooking equipment.
What hikers should not skimp on, according to the DAV, is emergency equipment. First aid kits are essential, as well as a bivouac sack, and both are available in small, lightweight versions. – dpa
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