Equipment sample

When planning a journey, you may ask yourself some of the following questions about what to take with you.

  • What kind of equipment does the local climate require during my travel period?
    → Use the multi-layer principle and wear functional clothing to save space and weight.
  • What might be useful at my destination of travel?
    (e.g., to ensure the charging of batteries at highly frequented hostels, it may be useful to carry a mini multiple plug)
  • What is my minimum comfort level and where do I want to stretch my limits by leaving other things at home? 
  • Which risks may be involved? What kind of mental, physical, medical or technical requirements could be helpful in case of an emergency?
    → Think of certain situations and conditions. Do some research about the availability of supplies and the frequency of travelers as well as on-site locations.
  • What kind of items could I get on site without having to carry them all the way?

Last but not least: You must not strain yourself! Learn to trust your gut feeling and pay attention to the signals of your body.

Once you have finished your preparations, weigh your packed backpack. The average weight should be around 10 % of your body weight (plus ~2 kilograms). After all, the equipment weight depends on your body's conditions, the climate changes and the entire travel duration.

To avoid blisters, break in new boots for approximately 60 kilometers prior to departure. Also, wear your fully packed backpack including drinking water and food. Walk on rainy, cold and hot days in order to develop a feeling for adequate equipment.

 

The equipment shown in the gallery below suppose to be an example only. Before packing certain items, please inform yourself about any disadvantages or risks. Everything you take along should make sense to you.

 

Enjoy your trip and have an exciting and safe journey!

© Photographs taken by Donald Walter.