Hiking trips require appropriate equipment that keeps you safe and comfortable on trails. In order to help you pack the right equipment, we made the interactive hiking checklist below which includes all the required equipment for multi-day hiking trips in warm to very warm conditions (temperatures above 10° C; 50° F). The checklist consists of compulsory as well as optional items; some are “luxuries”, others are for specific application such as via ferrata set.
In the Things to Consider section you will find further advice on the hiking equipment on the checklist.
You can also check out the article How to Plan a Hiking Trip.
If you are looking for a hiking checklist for different conditions or duration, you can go to our other checklists:
Things to consider – Multi-Day Hike in Warm Weather
The required backpack volume for a multi-day hiking trip in warm conditions depends on the hike’s duration, the trail type (via ferrata, scrambling, flat terrain etc.), your equipment and your preferences (changing base layers daily, lightweight rather than comfort etc.). For most multi-day trips in warm conditions, a backpack with the volume of 30 to 40 liters will do the job – especially if you are using high-quality equipment (well-compressible tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad) and clothing (quick drying with good odor control). However, when it comes to trips that last for more than a week or trips that require special equipment such as climbing harness, via ferrata set and helmet a bigger backpack might be required. On multi-day trips in warm weather food and water usually take up the majority of space in your backpack and therefore we highly recommend checking if you can resupply with water and food along the trail.
When choosing hiking boots, you basically need to consider two things: ground cover (rocks, grass, mud etc.) and weather. On rocky terrain we recommend wearing boots with fairly stiff soles for better stability, while boots with very flexible soles are recommended on dirt tracks and grassy areas for better comfort. If there is a chance of rain, boots with a waterproof membrane (e. g. Gore-Tex) should be used. On multi-day trips (with a heavy backpack) we do not recommend wearing trekking shoes (low cut) as they do not provide sufficient ankle support.
In warm weather we recommend wearing base layers made of polyester or lightweight Merino wool (approx. 150g/m2). Polyester base-layers are very light and dry very fast while Merino wool base layers provide superb odor-control. On multi-day trips, Merino wool base-layers come in very handy – one piece can be worn for several days due to the superb odor control. It is recommended to wear loose fitting base layers in very warm conditions as they provide better ventilation. For general information about base layers read Comparison of Base Layer Materials; to read specifically about Merino wool, go to Why you should wear Merino wool clothing.
In warm(er) conditions there is no need for a down jacket or a jacket with synthetic fill. However, a fleece jacket might come in handy when the temperatures drop and therefore it is included in this checklist. For more information about mid-layers please read Comparison of Mid-Layer Materials.
A shell layer (rain jacket) protects you against rain and wind and thus it comes in very handy on multi-day trips. There are three types of rain jackets – 2-layer rain jackets (inexpensive but limited performance), 2-5 layer rain jackets (very lightweight and decent weather protection) and 3-layer rain jackets (excellent durability and weather protection). In warm conditions a rain jacket can be worn directly over a base layer. For more information about shell layers please read Comparison of Shell Materials.
Food and Water
Food and water can get fairly heavy if you can’t restock en route on multi-day hiking trips. Therefore, it is very important to research potential sources of water and food along the trail prior to the trip. In order to minimize the weight and volume of the food you do bring along, pack food that has a good spatial and caloric density. For more information, please read How to choose food for a hiking trip?
Hydration systems are very suitable for carrying water in warm conditions – especially if you are hiking on your own. For more information please read Hydration Systems vs. Water Bottles.
In warm weather we recommend using double-wall tents as they provide great rain protection as well as a good condensation resistance. We also recommend using a 3-season or a summer sleeping bag as there is no need for heavier and (when packed) bigger winter sleeping bag in these conditions. For cushioning and additional insulation you can use a closed-cell foam sleeping pad or an inflatable sleeping pad. Closed-cell foam pads can be easily attached to a backpack while inflatable sleeping pads are usually stored inside the backpack.
Hiking Checklist – Multi-Day Hike in Warm Weather
Food and Water