When I step into an outdoor store I get all excited. My heart starts beating a bit faster, my eyes widen and I have absolutely no idea where to start. Should I check out the pocket knives or the camping gear first? As much as I feel like I am in paradise, most of the times I am completely overwhelmed by the inventory and forget why I went there in the first place. All I know is I want to play with EVERYTHING.
There is a lot of offer out there when it comes to the outdoor world. Lots of those things make life so much easier. Many look shiny and interesting from the outside but serve no more purpose than that. I went through my stuff and created an overview on this page over all the little/big goodies I use.
The gear is structured in clusters with some pictures to give you a first idea of what the items look like. Some of them I’ve owned for some time, so don’t mind the used look 😛
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Let’s start with the one item I love soooo much but sometimes get a bit sick of at the same time. My…
I love them because they’ve honestly never failed me. It was my first pair of actual hiking boots and I would choose them again any time. Desert sand, gravel, slippery tree roots, sharp rocks and mountain ridges, ice, cracks, rivers, mud, snow…They’ve seen it all and they’re still rocking. I do give them a little loving every now and then, especially after longer hikes. See my boot cleaning products a bit further down. But when I am hiking I use them for what they are – without any pity.
Why then do I get sick of them sometimes? I usually prefer as little shoe on my foot as possible, barefoot being the best. So, after a 20 – 30km hike over gravel or sharp rocks there is nothing better than setting my feet free and putting the boots aside. If I don’t faint from the smell of my feet before doing so…
No matter what kind of hiking boots you are going for, it is super important that you try them on before and check how they feel on your feet. Good outdoor stores provide surfaces of different materials to walk on and test the boots. Great boots can be quite an investment, and pain in the ass if chosen wrongly. That’s why you should be happy with them.
- Boots – The version of boots I own isn’t available anymore which is why I provided a link to a similar model.
Backpacks & Bags
I use a big and a small backpack, for hiking and also traveling. The small one for longer day or weekend hikes and the big one for any multi-day hikes. My Tatonka backpack is another item I am so grateful for. It’s accompanied me through all sorts of weather, fell with me, its content limits being tested to an extreme. I like every little bit of it. Opposite to my day backpack, the pocket for the water bladder is on the inside. I usually prefer it on the outside, so I can refill it without having to open the lid of the backpack. But frankly, so far I have only had to do this a couple times. Plus this same pocket is practical for other stuff like a laptop when I use it for just traveling.
Pro tip from me: Get a small waterproof bag for the important things just in case the insides of your backpack get wet for some reason. The one I have also serves as a little backpack. Really nice for short trips.
For traveling I can recommend some backpack organizing bags to keep your stuff somewhat organized when on the road for longer.
Another thing I wouldn’t want to miss is my fanny bag. I use it for running and when I am hiking with clothes that have no pockets. It’s good to have my stuff handy without putting down my backpack. It is not too big but yet big enough for stuff like cell phone, keys, tissues, a bit of money. Being small enough it can even disappear under clothes. I usually don’t care but sometimes it makes sense to hide that bright blue fanny bag.
Last but not least, I use a toiletry bag for, yes, my toiletries.
Tent & Co.
This section is my favorite part. I’d recommend my hiking shoes and backpacks to anyone because they are awesome. I recommend every item mentioned on this page actually. After all, that is why I’ve created this overview. But if things like backpacks, hiking boots and also clothing are suitable for one person depends highly on the preferences of that specific someone.
When it comes to tent, mattress and sleeping bag the main purposes are to give you shelter and comfort basically anywhere you go. Preferably regardless of weather conditions. I’ve tested this bunch involuntarily so many times in extreme conditions. The tent survived constant winds of over 125 km/h (see Torres del Paine: O-Circuit), camping on and in all sorts of grounds/environments. Patagonia in fall/winter, the Atacama desert, the Peruvian/Bolivian Andes and others. It is big enough for one person and fits 2 people comfortably as well. But with more than one person the room left in the tent is limited. Backpacks can be stored under the vestibule then.
The sleeping bag comes with a waterproof bag which is quite handy to carry it outside of the backpack to have more room inside 🙂
Cooking & Water
I recommend to have water bladders and a drinking bottle for water transportation. Bladder for easy access while hiking. Drinking bottle for usage in camp. It is always good to have something to purify/treat water with you depending on where you are going. The options I have in my inventory are treatment drops, water filter and life straw. When it comes to treatment drops, make sure to get some without nasty taste on its own. I use the ones by a company called aquamira and they worked superb.
When it comes to camping cookers, there is all kinds of different options. I have a nice small cooker that I can use with petrol and gas which is quite good for areas where you can’t get gas bottles in advance and at high altitude. It’s a really good all rounder. I can also recommend the Jetboil 2.0. So far, the fastest way to boil fluids that I’ve come along. Get cooking, eating dishes and cutlery according to your needs. The cooking dish set I am using is one of the bigger ones but it is perfect for 2 people and again is a nice all rounder. Loving my cutlery. It is small and the knife is also sharp enough to be used for cutting when prepping food.
Phew, this is a tough one, at least for me. I am super lazy when it comes to packing medi packs, which is definitely NOT a good thing. So, please don’t go by my example in this case.
Depending on where you are going and for how long, it is a good idea to have a certain set of medication to quick treat specific sicknesses.
In any case, things, such as bandages, band aids, compresses, wound sterilization, blister plasters should definitely be with you. Accidents and injuries can always happen, even on short and supposedly easy hikes.
If you are unsure about what to pack in a medi pack, it is best to consult a doctor, pharmacist or someone with experience and knowledge about the area you are planning to hike in.
- Emergency blanket
- Sanitary gloves
- Wound sanitizer
- Meds for stomach, travel sickness
What clothes you pack for hiking/camping depends entirely on where you are going, what you are comfortable with and what you can afford.
In the list you will find some examples of the clothing items I find most important. This includes functional clothing for running and exercising as I try to maintain these habits when I am on hikes.
For the girls among you: If suitable, I can definitely recommend some period proof underwear. I stopped using conventional products for this time of month because they just aren’t sustainable when spending so much time in the outdoors. The underwear in combination with a menstrual cup works fine for me. Everybody’s different though, so maybe try out a few options and see what is best for you.
- Long sleeve (RevolutionRace Fleece)
- Sweatshirt (Quechua)
- Warm hat / cap
- sun glasses
- Neck tube
- Microfiber towel
This is all the shoes I take with me when I travel, additional to the hiking boots.
Going on hikes I can definitely recommend an extra set of shoes besides the boots. It is good to give your feet and shoes a bit of a rest once you reached your camp for the night. It helps the smell, too 😛
Toiletries & Cleaning Products
When you choose your toiletry or cleaning products for hikes, please make sure to get some that are biodegradable and natural. A good camper leaves as few traces as possible 🙂
This is an overview over what I pack when I travel. For hikes I usually reduce it to the basics: camera, power bank, headphones, phone.
My collection of little helpers 🙂