If you are going on a hike, you should have the perfect equipment because missing items or unexpected events can quickly spoil the fun. In addition to the appropriate clothing and hiking shoes, there are a few other things you should remember in your backpack. The following article gives you a good overview of what you need for one-day, several-day hikes or in ski resorts and what should be considered when purchasing the hiking equipment.
Hiking is becoming more popular as an integral part of a holiday
Hiking is a unique experience for body and soul and this in every season of the year. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people like to integrate into their holidays. There are beautiful hiking tours , for example, through romantic forests, overflowing meadows, past lakes, rivers and springs, etc. Depending on the sport and the endurance, you can choose the hiking tours either in short or long stages.
Backpack – a very important utensil
According to sportingology.com, the backpack is the most efficient means of transport when hiking. The size depends on how long the tour is. For a short trekking trip, a small model with a volume of 15 to 20 liters is enough, while for longer trips more provisions and the most diverse things are needed. Here you should choose a backpack that has a volume of 60 to 80 liters. Carrying comfort is also very important when buying, as the rucksack must be comfortable and can not cause any pressure points, for example through the straps. Modern backpacks have a ventilated back system, shoulder straps that are anatomically cut, and sturdy waist straps, which facilitate transportation . As far as the material is concerned, synthetic fibers are therefore very easy to maintain and natural materials are preferred. Also an extra-reinforced floor is useful, because then the backpack does not stand out on a rocky ground. If children are involved in hiking, remember that the backpack should not weigh more than ten percent of their body weight.
The perfect dress for hiking
Depending on the weather and the region, rain, sun and cold protection can not be lacking in the backpack. Replacement washing is also important, since a wetting leads very quickly to an undercooling. It is important that you adjust the clothes to the weather. The so-called Zwiebellook is recommended:T-shirt , shirt , light sweaters and a rain-proof jacket are put on top of each other, because in the mountains can change the weather quickly. At warm temperatures, you can put away clothing, but have the right thing in the cold. When hiking, you should pay attention to light-drying materials. Also
Functional clothing with UV protection is very practical. Unprotected body parts should be sunscreened at appropriate temperatures and the eyes covered with sunglasses. A hat with a wide brim protects against burns on the face, neck and ears. They should underestimate the effect of the sun. The UV radiation is high even in a cloudy sky in the mountains. Depending on the weather forecast a raincoat and trousers in the backpack may not be missing.
The right shoes for every terrain
The shoes play a very important role in walking, since the feet, joints as well as bones are exposed to high loads during the tours. The fit is the most important criterion. For an easy hike on groomed trails, low hiking shoes are recommended and for the mountains solid and high hiking boots, which have a gripping profile sole. If the backpack has a lot of weight, the hiking boots must also provide more support . In the case of more difficult hikes such as on a ski tour, stronger hiking boots are necessary, as they are higher and go over the ankles. The sole of the shoes can cushion shock loads. Soft soles are ideal for easy hiking and trekking and hard soles for hiking in high mountains and on fixed rope routes. Pure leather shoes offer the best climatic conditions in the shoes, but must be well greased to keep water out. Shoes with breathable membrane are very suitable for damp terrain. A synthetic membrane is more breathable and effectively protects against moisture. In addition, the synthetic hiking boots dry faster than the leather models. Special hiking socks are made of functional fibers and thus remove moisture from the feet. Moreover, thanks to the thicker damping zones, they provide for walking without bubbles.
Useful accessories, food and drinks
When hiking you must pay attention to sufficient liquid. You should take up to two liters of liquid. Ideal are mineral water, unsweetened tea or juice. For reasons of weight and due to the risk of fracture, do not use glass bottles. Lubricated wholemeal bread, cereals , fruits such as apples and nuts as an optimal intermediate meal may also be missing in the backpack. The latter are not only easy to digest, but also provide a lot of energy. Telescopic poles are a good aid when hiking (ascent and descent). The joints are relieved and the body is strained more evenly. Good hiking maps show the markings and difficulty levels of the hiking trails and also serve as a guide.
A small travel pharmacy is also included in the backpack, especially during longer hikes. These include stapling and blistering patches, gauze bandages, injury sores, an iodine tincture , tweezers , painkillers, for example paracetamol or ibuprofen in the form of tablets, a remedy for nausea and diarrhea, and a high-altitude medication for altitude sickness. If you regularly take medication, these are of course equally important.
Weatherproof, breathable clothing:Natural materials should be preferred over the synthetic materials . An exception are artificial fibers, which have been specially developed for sporting activities and are convincing by a breathing activity. High-quality fabrics transport moisture optimally to the outside. The body is also protected from cold and excessive heat. The best climate is in the clothing, if you do not freeze or sweat. If you need a jacket, it should be water resistant and equipped with ventilation slots.
Good walking shoes:Gym or conventional road shoes are not suitable as they can not withstand the stresses of hiking and can lead to injuries in the worst case.When choosing the right shoes, the terrain of the route also plays a role, as already described.
Basic equipment for one-day and several-day hikes
- hiking map
- walking stick
- solid footwear and spare laces
- hiking backpack
- rainproof clothing
- Mobile phone or radio
- Sunglasses and sun milk
- small box, at least paving
- compact camera
- Money and identification
- Flashlight, at least one lighter
- Garbage bags or bags
- Food and sufficient water
- Camping cooker
- Sleeping pads
- Sleeping bags
- mosquito repellent
- Hygiene products
- sufficient food and water
- Camping tableware
Additional equipment in winter or in ski resorts
- warm hat
- Skiing underwear
- Literature for the determination of species of birds and plants
- other reading
- magnifying glass
Hikers’equipment and camping accessories
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