Checklist for hiking in Germany: 12 things absolutely belong in the backpack


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It’s hiking season in Germany! But before you get all excited you have to asko yourself this uestion: What do you actually need when hiking? Find out what belongs in the backpack and how to pack and select it correctly.

“As much as necessary, as little as possible” is the motto when packing your hiking rucksack – which means: The most important thing is that you do not even take anything hiking that is superfluous with you. On the other hand, some items always belong in the backpack. Find out what you need if you go hiking in Germany.

Checklist for hiking: these 12 things definitely belong in your backpack 

backpack for hiking
  1. first aid kit for emergencies
  2. Blister plasters, tape, painkillers and a lighter
  3. drinking sack – it takes up less space than water bottles and has a larger capacity. You should have 1.5 to 2 liters of water with you on a day hike.
  4. Waterproof and windproof clothing : A rain jacket belongs in every properly packed backpack – the weather in the mountains can change quickly.
  5. A hat and sun protection for your head : a hat belongs in the backpack even in summer. The reason: In the event of an accident, it protects the head from cooling down and thus keeps the injured person conscious longer.
  6. smartphone (plus power bank): Not only important for photos and videos, but also for being able to call mountain rescue services in an emergency.
  7. Sunscreen : Because the UV radiation in the mountains is much more intense than in the city, even when it is cloudy.
  8. Good sunglasses : not only an important sun protection, but also a wind protection
  9. Provisions : The right amount depends on the length of the tour and whether there are managed huts on the way.
  10. DAV ID (if available) and ID card
  11. Cash : You can rarely pay with an EC card at the huts.
  12. Maps or hiking guides for on the go


Carrying comfort: this is how you pack your backpack correctly

backpack for hiking

Packing properly increases comfort. After all, we don’t want to have any back pain even after a few hours. You should pay particular attention to this when packing your backpack:

  • Pack according to accessibility: At the bottom of the backpack there is space for items that we don’t always have to have to hand on the hike. The easily accessible lid compartment, on the other hand, is the best place to pack essentials such as sunglasses or a hat.
  • Pack heavy items close to your body: Heavy items, such as a full drinking bag, are best placed on the backpack wall. If you pack heavy things outside, the backpack pulls backwards, which in the long term puts unnecessary strain on your back and shoulders. Also important: Always pack heavy items at hip height, as the weight of the backpack is mainly carried with the hip straps.
  • Make the backpack narrower if necessary: If there is free space in the backpack, it should be made narrower with the outer straps. The leverage is reduced so well and the load sits even closer to the body.

What you need to consider when buying a backpack

backpack for hiking
  • The size: Before buying a hiking backpack, you should always ask yourself what you are going to do with it. If you only plan day trips, a capacity of 20 to 30 liters is sufficient; for hikes lasting several days, backpacks should be able to hold 30 to 50 liters.
  • Back ventilation: Backpacks with an integrated mesh back or a back mesh prevent you from sweating too quickly and too quickly.
  • The hip straps: Should be wide and padded as most of the weight of the backpacks rests on them.
  • The straps: The shoulder straps should be padded and adjustable in length.
  • The chest strap: An adjustable chest strap not only prevents the straps from slipping, but also gives the backpack more stability. In addition, you can’t lose it like this – even if you fall.
  • Variable back length: ensure that you can optimally adapt the backpack to your own back.
  • Integrated rain cover: they actually all have modern backpacks. It prevents the contents of the backpack from becoming soggy in heavy rain.

Tim Gumbert
Tim Gumbert
Tim is the go-to guy when it comes to finding all the gems regarding life as an Expat in Germany. His whole motto is discover Germany on your own and without a roadmap, explore new routes while climbing or mountain biking.


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