Europe Trekking Packing List

Packing Advice

  • This packing list is just a recommended guideline for your reference. Everything is optional for you to choose from.
  • It’s best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home.
  • The “Alps” includes the Dolomites, Tour du Mont Blanc, and the Summer Haute Route.  People hiking the Camino do not need items marked with “(Alps)”.
  • The transferred luggage for the Dolomites is limited to 1 bag at 15kg/33lbs.  If you are staying at a rifugio/mountain hut, luggage is only transferred to the next town, not to the hut. 
  • The transferred luggage for the Tour du Mont Blanc and Haute Route is limited to 1 bag at 10kg/22lb, and the duffel needs to be without wheels.
  • The transferred luggage for the CAMINO is limited to 1 bag at 20kg/44lbs.
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Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton. Layers work best!

  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments, sports bra
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/or rain poncho
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit and cover
  • Belt
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)

Cold Weather Clothing (Alps)

  • Fleece jacket/pullover
  • Waterproof/rain/shell pants
  • Light down jacket/second fleece
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight wool/fleece hat
  • Long underwear


Your hiking boots will get dirty, wet, and muddy. Extra shoes are nice for relaxing in the evenings.

  • Hiking shoes — Sturdy, comfortable with notched rubber sole, preferably waterproof (heavier for the Alps, lighter for the Camino)
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
  • Light hiking gaiters


  • Suitcase/duffel for transport (1 bag at 15kg/33lbs for Alps / 1 bag at 20kg/44lbs for Camino)
  • Day pack with rain cover for you to carry (20L for the Camino / 34L for the Dolomites)
  • Waterproof/plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, toiletry bag, foldable shopping bag
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • NOTE: A carry-on bag on most flights is limited to 22″ x 14″ x 9″.

Dolomites: For hut-to-hut trips with overnights in rifugios, your pack should be of a bigger capacity (35 to 50 liters), as you will be carrying more equipment and clothing. You can expect to carry from 6 to 12 kilograms (13-26 pounds) in your backpack during the hikes, when you consider rain gear, water, camera, clothing, snacks, and any extras.

Dorms in Huts (Alps)

  • Sleeping sheet
  • Small towel


Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags. Remember to set the date and time on your cameras to local time.

  • Cell phone, cord, plug, headphones (check on international charges)
  • Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  • GoPro, camera, video camera, SD cards, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size), selfie-stick
  • Air Tags
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Electrical adapter


  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
  • Shaving supplies
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
  • Facial tissue, Toilet paper
  • Moist towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Small travel towel
  • Cosmetics, feminine products, travel jewelry

First Aid

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Prescription drugs
  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
  • Band-aids/blister tape
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium AD or similar), Ginger and Ginkgo can be helpful for stomach problems
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)


  • Passport (make sure it is valid > 6 months after the end of your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary
  • Travel insurance information + Medical insurance card
  • Document organizer
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud). Put copies of your travel itinerary in each checked bag.


  • Cash (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be new with no tears)
  • Credit cards (check for international fees)
  • Water bottle and Camelbak
  • Sunglasses, strap
  • Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife (put in checked luggage)
  • Notebook, lots of pens
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade
  • Gifts for guides
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Cell phone, headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Kleenex, wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Compression socks
  • Prescription medicines / Daily vitamins
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