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Complete Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List

Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List

Hiking hut to hut is one of the most incredible experiences you can have in the Alps. However, your enjoyment is very much tied to how prepared you are and how much weight you’re carrying on your back. We’ve learned the hard way how poor gear impacts a multi-day hiking trip. We want to help you be as prepared as possible, so you don’t make the same mistakes as we did (e.g. low-grade hiking boots, travel pack instead of hiking pack).

Below, you’ll find our personal hut to hut packing list for multi-day trekking in the Alps. In addition to gear and overnight hut (rifugio, hütte) essentials, remember to always bring enough cash for mountain hut expenses. Most mountain huts we’ve visited do not accept credit cards. Also, remember to pack your passport. In Slovenia, you always have to show your passport when you check-in to a mountain hut. 

Get Hiking Insurance

For peace of mind on the trail, make sure you have hiking travel insurance. When you have World Nomads insurance, you’ll get emergency medical insurance, emergency medical transportation, gear protection (in case of theft, loss, or damage) and trip protection (in case of cancellation). 

Learn more about hiking insurance here.

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Complete Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List

Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List Overview

  • Hut to Hut Hiking Gear 
  • Multi-Day Hiking Clothing
  • Hiking Accessories
  • Overnight Mountain Hut Essentials 
  • Sun Protection 
  • Hiking Camera
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Hut to Hut Hiking Gear

Hut to Hut Hiking Gear

 

Hiking Backpack

The Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and the Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men) are the best hut-to-hut hiking backpacks on the market. The weight is distributed perfectly. You’ll never feel like the pack is weighing you down, or working against you.

You’ll feel confident tackling secured passages and assisted climbing routes as well. When I (Sabrina) switched to the Osprey Kyte 36, it made hiking long distances so much easier and more enjoyable. Also, these Osprey packs come with a rain cover, which is very easy to access in a hurry.

Packing Cubes

The easiest way to keep your backpack organized is by using packing cubes.

Trekking Poles

Hiking poles are very helpful in stabilizing descents when you have extra weight on your back. They also are super helpful for water and snowfield crossings. In the Alps, you’ll likely encounter snow until the end of July.

We recommend these women’s hiking poles and these men’s hiking poles. Tip: Opt for poles with lever locks (flick lock mechanism), as opposed to twisting locks. They’re more durable.

Grade B/C Hiking Boots

You need a high-cut boot with gore-tex waterproofing and robust construction when hiking in rocky, high-alpine terrain. We recommend wearing a sturdy pair of hiking boots, preferably grade B/C like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX.

I (Sabrina) also love the Grade A/B Hanwag Tatra Light Lady GTX, which is an excellent boot for day hiking, but not robust enough for hiking with a heavier pack.

Hydration

Depending on your preference, pack either a reusable water bottle, or a water bladder. We always refill our water bottles at the huts. If the water isn’t potable, you’ll be able to purchase water from the mountain hut.

Multi-Day Hiking Clothing - Trekking Clothing for Hut to Hut Hikes

Multi-Day Hiking Clothing

Quick-Dry Base Layer

You need quick-dry base layers that are lightweight and wick away sweat. Never wear cotton when hiking in the alps. We pack 3 base layers: 2 short-sleeve shirts and 1 long-sleeve shirt. Quick-dry shirts are also easier to wash.

Hiking Vest

A hiking vest is an essential garment for hiking hut to hut in the alps. It keeps your core warm on the trail, whether you’re hiking in windy conditions, or at high elevations. I’ve been wearing the Eddie Bauer StormDown Vest for years.

Rain Jacket

There’s always a chance of rain in the Alps. We’ve hiked hours and hours in rain during some of our treks. It’s essential to always carry a proper rain jacket. Kati’s North Face Venture Rain Jacket has proven durable and effective over the last few years.

Hooded Puffer Jacket

Pack a lightweight puffer jacket for insulation and extra warmth both on the trail and in the mountain huts.

Merino Wool Hiking Socks

Merino wool hiking socks are essential to your comfort. Icebreaker makes the best hiking socks out there. Their socks have lifetime warranty.

Make sure your hiking socks are snug. They shouldn’t be too big, or you’ll get blisters. I wear a women’s 6 – 6 ½ shoe (37) and now I purchase kids socks size 31-34. Since wearing kid socks, I’ve had zero blisters, or discomfort.

Hiking Pants

The Macpac Women’s Hike Tight Pants are the best hiking pants for women. We both own two pairs and have been wearing them continuously for years. We love their flexibility and ability to shed water. Macpac Women’s Hike Tight Pants are also breathable and extremely comfortable in all types of weather.

These pants also feature an elastic waist (no belt necessary) and elastic ankles. That means you can stretch the pants over your hiking boots, thus preventing rocks and debris from getting into your boots.

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Hiking Accessories

Buff

Buffs are great for a number of reasons. Buffs are helpful in keeping hair out of your face. They are also necessary in protecting your ears in windy conditions.

Beanie

Pack a beanie for extra warmth when hiking in high altitudes.

Gloves

Pack gloves if you’re hiking in fall, or half finger climbing gloves, if you’re going to be tacking via ferratas (secured climbing routes).

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Essentials for Overnighting in Mountain Huts

Sleeping Bag Liner

Mountain huts in the Alps generally provide sheets, blankets, and pillows, but you need to bring a sleeping bag liner for hygienic purposes.

Waterproof Slippers

After a day of hiking, it’s so enjoyable to finally take off your boots and slip on a pair of crocs. We recommend bringing slippers you can also shower in.

We used to bring flip flops, but they aren’t as practical. We often shower, change into our overnight hut clothes, and then wander outside to enjoy the view wearing our crocs – which is safer and more comfortable than flip flops. 

Travel Towel

Opt for a thin, microfiber towel that dries quickly. Many mountain huts in the Alps have showers, which you can pay for (usually 3-4 EUR for 2-3 minutes.

Cosmetics and First Aid Supplies

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • soap
  • champstick with SPF
  • nail clippers
  • deodorant
  • bandaids

Fleece

It’s always good to have a fleece with you for added warmth in mountain huts. Fleece sweaters are lightweight and dry quickly.

Leggings and Sleeping Shirt

Pack something comfortable you can change into after a day of hiking. You’ll need a single pair of comfortable leggings, or pants you can eat dinner in, relax in and sleep in.

Like the leggings, you need single long-sleeve shirt you can relax in, sleep in, and eat in.

Earplugs

Mountain huts aren’t hotels. You’ll either be sleeping in a dormitory-style room (Lager), or you’ll hear fellow hikers in other rooms. Bring earplugs to block out snoring and various other noises.

Kindle

When you go on a hut to hut hike, you’ll have some down time, especially before and after dinner. We highly recommend packing your e-reader to keep yourself entertained throughout the trek. The Kindle Paperwhite is super lightweight and doesn’t take up very much space. It’s far more ideal than paper books, because you can have access to several books without worrying about the weight.

Hut to hut Hiking Packing List

Sun Protection for Hiking

Polarized Sunglasses

It’s critical to buy polarized glasses that wrap around your head. Polarized sunglasses are your best protection against the sun, especially when hiking in limestone terrain. Limestone reflects light like snow.

Sun Lotion with Zinc Oxide

We use Neutrogena’s Zinc Oxide Sun Lotion for our hiking adventures.

Hut to hut Hiking Packing List

Best Camera for Hiking

Sony Alpha a6000

We did a lot of research before investing in a camera. We wanted a powerful camera that’s also lightweight and easy to hike with. We chose the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera, which we’re head-over-heels in love with. It’s a great entry-level camera with an attractive price point. If you buy it on Amazon, it comes with the w/ 16-50mm and 55-210mm Power Zoom Lenses.

Camera Bag

We use this small camera bag to keep our camera safe and protected while hiking hut to hut. We also have this larger camera bag, which is useful if you’re carrying more lenses, but it’s bulky and takes up a lot of room.

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