Hiking Guide For Beginners: Gear Checklist – 2020

Hiking Guide

Did you choose the right hiking equipment?

Beginners Hiking Guide: Outdoor hiking has become a social flow of today’s sports, for outdoor camping, the outdoor equipment is essential, the purchase of outdoor equipment is to better enjoy the fun of hiking while reducing the fatigue of hiking, is very necessary. 

Along with our QuadtrekUSA’s all-terrain ice cleats, as a hiker, it’s important to have a set of equipment that suits you.

The ideal packing list for a hiking holiday does not exist. What you bring depends heavily on your own preference, the area where you walk, the kind of tour, the season and the comfort of the campsite, hotel or B&B.

Hiking guide for beginners: What to bring on a Hike?


  • 30–40 liters for hotel tour,
  • 50–75 liters for tent trek


  • Mountain shoes or hiking boots
  • Gym shoes or light trekking shoes
  • Softshell or fleece jacket
  • T-shirt short (breathable and quick-drying)
  • T-shirt and/or blouse with long sleeves (breathable and quick-drying)
  • Trekking pants (detachable legs)
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Swimwear
  • Breathable raincoat
  • Rain pants
  • Spare laces
  • Buff, cap and/or hat
  • Gloves


  • Lightweight tent
  • Sticks
  • Pegs
  • Shaving lines
  • Groundsheet
  • Hammer
  • Spare parts for the tent

In the tent

  • Cloth bag
  • Pillowcase
  • Sleeping bag
  • Self-inflatable sleeping mat
  • Repair kit self-inflatable sleeping mat
  • Headlight
  • Dry clothing set (T-shirt and long pants)

At the hotel / B&B

  • Set of dry clothes
  • Slippers, sandals or low shoes

On the way

  • Energy bars and/or cakes
  • Isotonic drink
  • Bread spreads
  • Drops/pretzels (supplement of salts)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts / student oats

Cooking essentials

  • Burner
  • Brand fabric
  • Windshield
  • Pans
  • Panhandle
  • Plate
  • Cutlery
  • Stirring spoon (wood)
  • Detergent (biodegradable)
  • Scouring pad
  • Dishcloth

Orientation and safety

  • Compass
  • Map and/or hiking guides
  • Watch with altimeter
  • Waterproof card bag
  • GPS (always next to a map!)
  • Whistle and mirror for emergency signals


  • Sunburn factor 30 or 50
  • Aftersun
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline, Purol or other greasy creams
  • Liquid soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Hand gel (alcohol)
  • Contact lens solution
  • Spare contact lenses
  • Foot cream
  • Nail scissors or cutter
  • Tampons and/or panty liners
  • Washing hand
  • Towel (quick-drying and lightweight)
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Shaving utensils
  • Tissue paper


  • First aid kit with bandages and quick bandage)
  • Fever thermometer
  • Drawing tool/drawing pen/drawing tweezers
  • Blister plasters
  • Needle to puncture blisters
  • Medicines
  • Betadine or other disinfectants
  • Mosquito lantern
  • Sports tape (good for everything)
  • ORS or other anti-drying agents
  • Safety pins
  • Rescue blanket


  • Sunglasses, 100% UV resistant
  • Telescopic poles
  • Rain cover for the backpack
  • Extra headlight batteries
  • Spare GPS batteries
  • Camera batteries
  • Digital camera
  • Camera bag
  • Camera battery charging station
  • Extra camera memory card
  • Seat cover
  • Drinking bottle
  • Lunch box
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Language guide
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof bags or plastic bags
  • Document bag
  • Spare buckles for the backpack
  • Maintenance products mountain boots
  • Water purification/water bottle filter Grayl
  • Book (sleeper)
  • Games (app)
  • Bird guide or app
  • Flower guide or app
  • Binoculars
  • Washing line and/or clothes pegs
  • Needle and thread
  • Earphones (music)
  • Rope or straps
  • Shopping nets ‘Eco Bali’
  • Earplugs/plugs (against snorers)
  • Tie wraps (for emergency repairs)
  • Lightweight power bank

Documents / money

  • Passport (check for validity!)
  • Drivers license
  • Copy of passport and driver’s license
  • Visa
  • Enough cash
  • Medicine passport
  • Debit card
  • Credit card

Return trip

  • Train ticket (train journey)
  • Flight tickets (flight)
  • Tolvignette (car trip)
  • Proof health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination card
  • Medical passport
  • Road maps
  • Navigation system car

1. Hiking guide for beginners- Backpack

1. Beginners Hiking Guide- Backpack

A package that’s right for you will give you an unparalleled experience as you travel. Before buying s backpack you must go to the outdoor shop to try, do not just look at the brand to see a parameter on the order, must be stuffed after the actual burden to know what is best for you.

Due to the long walking time, a backpack with good carrying performance can reduce a lot of the burden on travelers. Therefore, in the choice of backpacks, there will be a lot of requirements for backpack carrying, but also take into account comfort. In the high-end outdoor backpack, subdivided into men’s and women’s styles, according to the different back length between men and women to design the size of the backpack shape, so that the backpack closer to the body structure, carrying more comfortable.

Package capacity, the most practical is 35 to 60L this grade. Size depends on the travel route, generally travel around 30L can be. If long-distance travel, girls have a 55L or so backpack, boys have a backpack of 65L or more.

In choosing the backpack, be sure to repeatedly backtest (preferably can have a weight test) and ask the relevant technical sales staff to consult the correct use of the backpack. Bag fabric to be strong, light rain, if the backpack does not have its own rain shield, then do not forget to buy a backpack rain shield at the same time, rain shield color as much as possible to choose a little brighter.

2. Hiking guide for beginners- Clothing

2. Beginners Hiking Guide- Clothing

In addition to backpacks and shoes, hiking also has a lot to pay attention to the choice of clothes. Due to the long hiking time, ordinary clothing, especially jeans, once wet with sweat will be difficult to dry, in the course of hiking become cumbered. Therefore, when hiking should pick some fabric smaller and breathable, sweating better clothing, fast dry ingress pants is a good choice.

No matter spring, summer, autumn and winter, every trip, the handsome girl must wear long pants, which can protect the body well, and clothes are best waterproof. And wearing storm pants or quick-drying pants due to the integration of chemical fiber materials, do not absorb water and has certain breathability, can be in the body temperature or the role of wind quickly dry, when encountering light rain also has a certain anti-splash function.

In summer, despite the hot weather, you can’t wear sleeveless, and the collar is best to lapel to avoid neck sunburn.

3. Hiking guide for beginners- Sleeping bags and tents

3. Beginners Hiking Guide- Sleeping bags and tents

Sleeping bags are recommended because of: small size, use at home also does not occupy much space, occasionally can be used as a door-to-door self-contained sleep tool. It is understood that 500g of the velvet sleeping bag can basically cope with 2000 meters below the end of spring to early autumn activities if you are afraid of cold, plus a velvet inner bile can be. As for the fabric, moisture-proof mat foam is good, cheap and do not need how to wait.

If it is reloaded hiking, tents are the key, good tents are very expensive, in fact, in general, a few domestic famous more famous tents, the difference is not big. Buy a tent at the same time the best-supporting mat, can better protect the bottom of the tent.

4. Hiking guide for beginners- Nutrition

4. Beginners Hiking- Nutrition

Have you ever had a crisis of impatience because you were hungry? It’s not pleasant, especially if you’re late or dealing with an outdoor emergency. Bring extra food such as energy bars and freeze-dried dishes to feed you for an extra day. (And if someone forgot their lunch, you’ll be the hero of the day.)

5. Beginners Hiking Guide for beginners- Firelighter

5. Beginners Guide- Firelighter

Matches (waterproof or in a waterproof container) or a lighter with a firelighter or candle.

6. Beginners Hiking Guide for beginners- First aid kit

6. Beginners Guide- First aid kit

The size of the first aid kit will depend on the number of people accompanying you, the length of the trip, the distance and the level of risk of your outdoor outing. Before you leave, make sure you have enough supplies and that nothing is out of date. Your first aid kit should always contain protective gloves, bandages, scissors, blister dressings, a pocket mask, and SAM splints. Anti-mosquitoes are also recommended.

7. Beginners Hiking Guide for beginners- Navigation

7. Beginners Hiking- Navigation

Bring a topographic map and compass. Indeed, even if you are carrying a GPS, it is important to know how to move with a map and compass. An altimeter is optional, but useful because it indicates the approximate gradient to help you position yourself on a map. Be sure to store your cards in a waterproof case.

8. Beginners Hiking Guide for beginners- Trekking Pole

8. Beginners Hiking Guide- Trekking Pole

Ask hikers what’s your favorite outfit, and many answers: Trekking pole.

Trekking poles have some categories, but not complex, basically: T-put-straight, three-section-two-section, outer-lock-inner-lock. It is best to buy: three sections, straight, outer lock, because the three cane more space-saving, straight cane easy to force and lightweight, the outer lock cane is easy to adjust.

In addition, if not high-end products, try not to buy with earthquake-absorbing, more complex and more vulnerable, and it is best to buy a pair of climbing canes.

9. Beginners Hiking Guide for beginners- Hiking shoes9. Beginners Hiking Guide- Hiking shoes

The quality of shoes will directly affect your safety. A good pair of shoes will not only make you comfortable on the rugged mountain road but also help relieve some knee pressure. If you are hiking for a long time, you should consider professional hiking shoes.

A pair of professional hiking shoes on the soles of a considerable, requiring anti-slip at the same time, but also have small friction, in breathability, the wall-catching effect is also very exquisite, and climbing shoes are very different. Some shoes also have a special shock-absorbing system that relieves fatigue on the feet during long journeys.

Subdivisions, walking shoes are suitable for two or more days of pure mountain activities, and some brands of products can even “engage” in mountain activities in the snow line area. Heavy-duty hiking shoes are suitable for long-distance mountain activities, such as mixed terrain with steep slopes, gravel and snow rocks. Hiking shoes are generally low-help breathable, for lightweight hiking or road and other things are a good choice. Trace the brook shoes, listen to the name to know is to trace the brook used, some “cow” trace brook shoes can occasionally guest walking shoes, but only “guest”. And camp shoes, simply put on camp wear, depending on the temperature can be divided into similar sandals and similar cotton shoes too.

When buying shoes, try to buy outdoor brand products, try shoes suitable for your size, when you wear the shoes, you can measure the heel with your fingers, and the gap should be about one finger length or so.

If there are items that aren’t on our Beginners Hiking guide checklist, you can create a wish list to avoid forgetting them when shopping at QuadtrekUSA.


Before you go hiking, be sure to check the weather and notify your loved ones of your destination, your itinerary and the scheduled return time. You can also store a copy of your route in the car at the beginning of the trail.

1 thoughts on “Hiking Guide For Beginners: Gear Checklist – 2020

  1. Paul Leininger says:

    I’m amazed at the beginner’s hiking guide you made to create this particular checklist. put up amazing. Wonderful activity!

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