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Hiking holiday packing list

Let’s go packing now!

Your eagerly awaited hiking holiday is just around the corner, but you still have no idea what you need to take with you? Don't worry, we will give you a helping hand and explain what you need in your hiking backpack and which pieces of equipment should not be missing.

Not every hiking packing list is the same

Depending on how you plan your hiking holiday, the packing list can greatly vary: are you planning one-day hikes or are you going on a multi-day hiking tour with overnight stays in a mountain hut? Will you be hiking along trails on the valley floor or on mountain trails in high alpine terrain?

As these questions already imply, there is simply no ONE universal hiking holiday packing list. Even if our packing list provides a good overview, you always have to decide for yourself in each individual case which things you do not absolutely need on your hiking vacation or which items you may add to this list.
hiking couple backpack Sölden mountains summer

Hiking equipment & clothing

  • Well-worn in hiking shoes, hiking or mountain boots or trekking shoes (depending on the hiking terrain)
  • Telescopic hiking poles (without baskets)
  • Trekking pants with zip-off option (optional: additional rain pants)
  • Functional underwear (possibly additional spare clothing)
  • Middle layer of clothing such as a fleece sweater or softshell jacket (important: “onion principle”)
  • Water and wind resistant hard shell jacket
  • Well-fitting hiking backpack for one day or multi-day tours (incl. rain protection)
  • Hiking socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Peaked cap or sun hat
  • Face protection in cold temperatures (neck gaiter or scarf)


Navigation, electronics & hiking utensils

  • Maps (digital as well as in printed form)
  • GPS device or compass
  • Watch (ideally GPS supported)
  • Sufficient cash (in most huts only cash payment is available)
  • Insulated drinking bottle (approx. 1-1.5 liters for day tours)
  • Snacks such as energy bars, glucose, fruit or sandwiches (depending on duration)
  • Headlamp incl. spare batteries
  • Fully charged smartphone (incl. charger; possibly additional spare battery or power bank)
  • Thermal seat pad for breaks (optional)


First aid kit: health & hygiene

  • Personal medication
  • Adhesive plasters and blister plasters, tape
  • First aid kit
  • Pain-relieving and fever medication
  • Anti-diarrheal or stomach medication
  • Allergy pills if needed
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Toiletry bag or hygiene items for multi-day hikes with overnight stay in huts
  • Travel towel
  • Travel detergent (optional)
  • Plastic bag for dirty laundry (optional)
  • Mosquito and tick repellent
  • Glasses or contact lenses


Documents & papers

  • Passport or ID card
  • Proof of insurance or international insurance policy
  • Driver’s license (international) if needed
  • EC or credit card
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Accommodation booking confirmation (if needed)
  • List of most important emergency phone numbers


Fine helpers & useful things

  • Pen and notebook (optional)
  • Pocket knife
  • Lighter and matches
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Socket adapter (optional)
  • Gaffa tape, safety pins
  • Sewing kit (optional)
  • Spare boot laces
  • Toilet paper or handkerchiefs

You have everything you need for your hiking holiday, but you don't know where to go yet? We have a special tip for you: Sölden in Ötztal! The holiday destination at approx. 1300 meters above sea level is Austria’s largest municipality in terms of area and offers a huge variety of hiking options. Be it enjoyable and lift-assisted hiking, challenging mountain tours, exciting long-distance hiking trails or family-friendly theme trails - every type of hiker will find the right route in Sölden. HERE you can discover all hiking routes and tours in the Heartbeat of the Alps.


Two in one go: holiday planning made easy

On soelden.com you can organize your hiking trip quickly and conveniently: no matter if you are looking for accommodation or bookable activities, here you will find everything in one place. Currently there are more than 580 accommodations in all categories bundled in our comprehensive accommodation list - including specialized hiking accommodations. And all of them even guaranteed at the best price and with cancellation guarantee up to 48 hours prior to arrival (depending on accommodation).

You can also find a huge choice of suitable activities and experiences, such as guided hikes, online in our Adventure Shop.