Mountain hiking equipment

Tourist equipment

Hiking is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, get some fresh air and admire nature. And also to maintain your physical shape. But not everyone is enthusiastic about this type of outdoor activity. The prospect of spending the night in a tent, cooking over a fire and the lack of various industrial goods causes real panic for many. But everything is not so scary: correctly selected modern tourist equipment will dispel all myths about the inconvenience and complexity of hiking.

Camping equipment is divided into individual and group. Clothes, shoes, backpack, sleeping bag, rug, headlamp, dishes, toiletries are individual. And the group includes a tent, orienteering equipment, dishes for a fire, a first aid kit.

Backpackers usually dress in layers. The first layer is thermal underwear. It removes excess moisture and helps not to freeze and overheat. The second layer is fleece clothing. It will come in handy at any time of the year. Fleece has long supplanted wool because it is lighter and warms up even if it gets wet. It is recommended to use clothing made of membrane material as a top layer. It is water-repellent and wind-resistant.

Trekking boots are the most comfortable for hiking. They are designed for walking on natural terrain. Their advantages in comparison with ordinary shoes are:

  • Better grip on clay, loose and rocky surfaces.
  • Protection of the legs from injury by fixing the ankle.
  • High wear resistance.

For the production of trekking shoes, membrane materials are used that do not allow moisture to penetrate inside and at the same time provide ventilation.

It is worth dragging on an uncomfortable backpack, and it will immediately become clear how important this camping equipment is and how much depends on its correct choice.

The main parameter of a backpack is its volume. It depends on the physique of the tourist, the amount of things and the duration of the trip. The optimal volume will be about 100 liters. If necessary, the size can be reduced, for this tourist backpacks are equipped with many fasteners and straps.

A backpack must be equipped with a frame in the back area, as well as a harness - straps and a belt. And also with a carrying handle. An important condition is the presence of pockets.

In the manufacture of specialized travel backpacks, durable waterproof material is used, as well as high-quality accessories.

Rest on Lake Baikal in summer

People who have no experience in hiking quite often take a lot of unnecessary things with them. This is especially true for personal clothing. Do not forget that in addition to your belongings, you also need to carry some of the group equipment (for example, a tent, awning or bowler hat, food). We bring to your attention a list of the equipment you need to participate in any hike in the mountains.

Versatile Mountain Hiking Equipment List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Carimat
  • Seat
  • Trekking poles
  • Small backpack for cities and radials

  • Membrane or windstopper
  • Pants, shorts
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece body shirt (fleece)
  • T-shirts and trekking shirts
  • Raincoat
  • Panama/sun buff
  • Protective gloves
  • Underwear

  • Trekking boots or sneakers
  • Trekking sandals or bivouac slates
  • Socks

Personal belongings

  • Sun protection
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Plate + spoon + mug + knife
  • Flashlight
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Sealed bags for things, equipment and documents
  • Equipment, money, documents, chargers, batteries

Now let's take a closer look at each item.

Travel Backpack

The backpack is one of the pillars of the hike. It can equally turn the hike into horror or make it easier. The market offers an abundance of backpacks of various designs, sizes, weights, specifications and prices. To figure out which one you need, first complete the rest of the equipment. Now on sale there is a large selection of travel backpacks from a wide variety of manufacturers. Prices vary depending on quality and manufacturer. For a 6-day hike, you will need a 70-80 liter backpack for men and a 50-60 liter backpack for women. This volume should be enough to fit all the things in the middle of the backpack. I advise you not to try to attach something on top of your backpack, especially when hiking in the mountains, in which the weather is very changeable and there is a high probability of getting everything wet. Modern backpacks are equipped with special raincoats (raincovers), which should protect the contents of the backpack from getting wet. However, we recommend that you pack all the things in your backpack in plastic bags or special hermetic bags.

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