There are 3 lists here.
The first one is the basic kit list that everyone needs.
The second includes additional items for summer trips involving hut-to-hut treks.
The third is for winter trips.
Optional items are marked with a *.
Your local sports retailer will be able to help you choose. Try and keep kit to a minimum, especially for the hut-to-hut trips.
Important note: You must bring walking boots with ankle support and waterproof jacket. You will not be allowed to participate if you only have jeans and trainers to walk in or no waterproof clothing. In addition, you should be insured and bring your European Health Card.
You can also dowload these lists in PDF format for printing, please click here: Kit Lists - printable version.
- Small rucksack (25-30 litres is plenty), best with lots of pockets and waterproof (this is small enough for hand-luggage with most airlines)
- Insurance documents and passport, credit card, cash in euros, emergency contact details
- Boots (see above) and waterproof jacket (breathable materials are best) and waterproof trousers
- Trekking shorts, lightweight trousers, a couple of wicking t-shirts (cotton not good), underwear and comfortable socks, spare trainers or sandals for evenings
- Plasters for blisters and any personal hygiene and medication, including pain-killers etc.
- High-factor sun-cream, sun-block for lips, sunglasses and sun-hat
- 1 litre water bottle, packed lunch and spare energy food / treats
- *Trekking poles highly recommended for trips with a lot of height gain
- Warm layer, gloves for warmth
- Penknife for cutting cheese etc and making packed-lunches (do not take in hand-luggage on flights!)
- *Camera, binoculars, phone, novel, pocket dictionary, small notebook, waterproof bags or rucksack liners
- Headtorch and spare batteries (not essential in mid-summer)
- *Extra sack for leaving spare items and clothes in hotel or minibus
Additional items for hut-to-hut treks
- Larger rucksack (45 litres is usually fine) in order to fit in extra food and clothes items
- Extra cash to pay for huts and BMC reciprocal rights card if you have one
- Lightweight sleeping-bag liner (silk is best but more expensive) or sewn-together sheets (the huts provide blankets)
- *Lightweight travel towel
- *Extra warm layer because the higher huts can get cold at night even in summer
Additional items for winter trips
- Spare warm gloves (mitts are great in case you get very cold hands), warm hat, gaiters
- Spare extra warm outer layer or fleece and a couple of thermal base-layers
- Make sure your rucksack has side straps as we may need to carry snowshoes on the sacks
- Please still bring high-factor sun-cream, sunglasses, sunhat and sun-block for lips as the sun is even more dangerous when reflected by the snow!!
- *Head-scarf which can also be used as a neck-warmer
- *Thermos to keep morning tea warm throughout the day
- *You might consider more sturdy, warmer boots with a tough outer-edge. You do not, however, need anything technical for snowshoeing