FOR YOUR SUITCASE
- Outdoor Clothing (we recommend taking lots of thin layers rather than a few thick - you can then adjust your clothing to weather conditions as they change)
- We recommend that you pack breathable waterproofs, their weight depending on weather forecast, season and region. As you are travelling in a mountainous area warm clothing is essential.
- In hot weather, you will need a hat with a decent-sized brim. Light walking trousers are better than shorts where paths are less good through high undergrowth (which can be a problem on many routes).
- Comfortable, worn-in footwear and double layered socks. Do not take brand new walking boots on your trip.
FOR YOUR DAYPACK
- Medium sized day-rucksack (25-30 l. capacity)
- Water. If you don't have an in-rucksack hydration pack, remember to take containers - empty mineral water bottles would be fine. Tap water in the hotels is drinkable on this route but always take more than you think you need even though water can be heavy.
- GPS. Please note that in some countries the maps are inaccurate and correlation of GPS readings with the marked route may therefore be difficult.
- Mobile Phone, Europe enabled, with charger, (maybe an extra 'power pack') and country-specific plug adaptor.
- First Aid. Always carry a basic first aid kit, including something for blisters, insect repellent, antihistamine cream and some high-energy food
- A high factor sun cream is essential.
- Poles. Walking poles are a standard part of the professional walker's kit and are useful uphill (set them to be shorter) and downhill (longer), in poor weather and to steady yourself when crossing streams.
- Your Medical Insurance Certificate and emergency telephone number. Cover offered by your household policy, bank account or credit card should be checked carefully to ensure it will cover any likely eventuality. Remember to carry your passport at all times.
- If you are a resident of the EU make sure you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Other things to bring
· Basic safety aids: Whistle (the international distress signal is 6 quick flashes/whistles every minute and the reply is three every minute), torch with flash and batteries and survival blanket.
· Sewing kit and pocket knife
· Plastic rubbish bag as impromptu dry seat and dirty laundry bag
· Earplugs, and eye-covers for light sleepers in un-curtained rooms
· Washing powder/liquid to cut down on the amount of clothing to take
· Travel hairdryer (at least one in the party – we can't guarantee one at each hotel, though most will have one at reception)
· Soap (not all hotels provide it), other toiletries and travel basin plug
· Travel electrical adaptor suitable for country of travel