Are you preparing your next route and not sure what you need? Do not worry! After a lot of people asked me about the material they need to take on their trekking routes, I thought it would be a good idea to create a list to explain the mountain equipment that I consider most important for both day trips and multi-day excursions.
This is a very extensive list where I have tried to put everything together, but that does not mean that you need to carry everything. Some items are extras that could be very useful in some situations, but they are not necessary.
For day trips you could look at the section “Backpacker clothes. List of trekking equipment ” and carry the necessary equipment according to the climate and temperature. If you are thinking a multi-day trek, you should also take a look at the “Camping. List of trekking equipment ” , which has very useful material for camping.
BACKPACK CLOTHES || LIST OF TREKKING MATERIAL
North Face M 200 Jacket
Something really essential to carry practically all your trekkings. Perfect for a hiking trip of one or several days, it is a jacket that can be used in any situation.
Columbia Waterproof Jacket
How valuable it is to have a very good jacket when the weather gets a bit ugly. This Columbia is totally waterproof and windproof. I have taken her all my trekkings for years and still endure the worst weather conditions.
Columbia Convertible Pants
These pants are very functional and comfortable for excursions in spring and summer. They are very light and breathable and have a zipper to turn them into short or long depending on the situation.
Waterproof Pants White Sierra
These are the pants that I use for the winter or treks at a lot of height, like that time we climbed the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador. They are still very light and comfortable, but much hotter and totally waterproof. I would only wear these pants in quite cold areas; otherwise, you can spend considerable heat.
Long T-shirt Champion
I always wear at least a couple of short or long sleeves to all my routes, depending on the weather. They are super light, and you are always happy to have worn them when you end up sweating like crazy.
Mountain Hardwear T-shirt
These short sleeve t-shirts are great because you can use them during your routes and at the same time be part of your everyday clothes.
Carhartt Wetzl Winter Hat
I’m sure your mother has already told you that a considerable percentage of heat is lost through the head, right? Well, maybe it’s more like a myth than something real, but keeping your head warm during the cold walks will make you feel much better, that’s for sure.
Personally, I only use a handkerchief in windy or cold areas, but some people with a delicate throat find it essential.
Trekking Boots Salomon
Keeping feet dry and comfortable walking is perhaps the most important thing when completing a multi-day walk. Surely you do not want some blisters or wounds coming out on the second day and having to go back earlier than planned, right? These Salomon are some of the best boots I have ever used!
Danish Endurance Socks
Wearing really good boots with poor quality socks is not very useful. Good socks can also prevent these blisters and wounds from coming out.
Mountain Made Gloves
I use these gloves for high mountain routes or very cold areas where they are indispensable, but they can also be used for any other outdoor activity such as riding, cycling or even for daily use in winter.
Backpack Osprey 70
I think I’ve had like 6 different backpacks during the last 5 years of travel and I have to say that this Osprey 70 is just perfect. It is a high-quality backpack with great capacity, adjustable suspension and great comfort and durability.
CAMPING || LIST OF TREKKING MATERIAL
Marmot Limelight 2 Store
Very light and resistant, this is a 3 season tent that can be used in almost any situation. I have tried it with heavy rain and snowfall, and it has always resisted without problems. It is a good tent for one or two people since it has a generous interior and a vestibule for storage of equipment.
Sleeping Bag Kelty Cosmic 20 Winter
This sleeping bag is probably what I like most about the entire list. It is a great companion that will keep you warm during the frosty mountain nights. It can withstand very low temperatures but can also be used as a 3-season sleeping bag.
Camtoa Summer Sleeping Bag
The Kelty 20 is very good for the fall, winter and spring seasons, but it could be too hot during the summer. For those summer routes, I wear a super light and compact sleeping bag.
Carrying a good mat is very important to have a good rest after a long day of walking. There are some very expensive, but I think this Therm-a-Rest is a good value for money.
Petzl Flashlight 80 Lumens
Indispensable for any mountaineer, this lamp allows you to cook, read or whatever you need to do at night.
Msr Windburner Kitchen
I love this stove because it allows you to cook even in windy conditions, which happens quite often in the mountains.
Useful mountain material that helps you carry your backpack a little lighter.
These drops can be very useful for some trips. Are you planning to visit Africa, Asia or South America? Sometimes you are not sure of the water you are going to drink; these drops kill all the bacteria making it drinkable.
First Aid Kit
A good kit to take to your routes of several days, in case something happens.
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
It is not necessary to take the Rambo knife to the mountain; a simple and light Swiss Army knife will suffice.
EXTRA ITEMS LIST OF TREKKING MATERIAL
Sony RX 100V
Although I use a Nikon 5500 for most of my trips and treks, sometimes I do not want to carry such a large and heavy camera for 6 or 7 days. The Sony R 100V is a great camera for trekking.
Hiker Hunger Canes
Some people use them, and others do not. Personally, I am not a big fan of walking sticks, although I admit that they can be very useful on some occasions.
Trekking watch Garmin Fenix 3
It is not essential, but it can be a great help during long journeys. This modern and elegant watch is equipped with altimeter, barometer, thermometer, digital compass, GPS and many other features.
Julbo Bibouak Sunglasses
Fantastic glasses for mountain routes and winter sports.
These matches can be very useful in those routes where it pours for hours or days, and everything ends up soaked.
Very practical to get purified water during your mountain routes and travel in remote areas.
I always recommend getting a repellent with at least 30 – 40% DEET for maximum protection. Especially important for some areas of Africa, Asia or South America, where some mosquito bites can bring diseases.
There are some people who like to listen to music during their routes. Personally, I like to do it at the end of the day, when I’m lying warm in my sleeping bag … and then I put Eddie Vedder to finish the day!
And that’s it! I hope this list of trekking material has helped you find what you are looking for!