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.
  • Print a copy of your reservation and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.
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  • 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)”.
  • For the Alps, your transferred luggage 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.
  • For the Camino, your transferred luggage is limited to 1 bag at 20kg/44lbs.


Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.

  • Long hiking pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments (avoid cotton)
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (optional)

Cold Weather Clothing

  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Light down jacket or second fleece (Alps)
  • Rain jacket and/or rain poncho
  • Waterproof/rain/shell pants
  • Lightweight gloves (Alps)
  • Lightweight wool or fleece hat (Alps)
  • Long underwear (Alps)


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

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


  • Suitcase or duffel for transport
  • Day pack and rain cover, for you to carry (30L)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • Make sure all your luggage has your contact information


  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping sheet (Alps)
  • Sunglasses, straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • 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)
  • Carabiners for attaching things to your day pack or hanging things to dry
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2006 with no tears)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade (Camino)
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, Santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Water bottles and/or Camelbak
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets


Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible). Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.

  • Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  • Cell phone, power cord, battery backup, headphones
  • Camera, lenses, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Video camera, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • GoPro, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size)
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Watch/alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity converter/adapter
  • Google Translater App
  • Check with your cell phone provider for international use, or buy an unlocked cell phone get a sim card locally)


  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, nail file
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products,  cosmetics

First Aid

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

  • Prescription medicines / Daily vitamins
  • Malaria pills (if necessary)
  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium AD or similar)
  • Ace bandage
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)


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

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Cell phone, headphones, charger
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Kleenex, wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Prescription medicines / Daily vitamins
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