Mountain Hiking Essentials

What is needed for a mountain excursion? Keep in mind that not all excursions will require the same items.

Everything will depend on the duration, the knowledge of the place, the time of the year, among others, but having this list will help you as a checklist so that you don’t forget anything important.

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Equipment needed for an excursion

  • Hiking Backpack
  • Trekking Poles
  • Compass / GPS
  • Map
  • Knife or Multipurpose
  • Lighter or Matches
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Comfortable clothes (essential)
  • Mountain Shoes

Emergency Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • Insulin, Inhaler (if necessary)
  • Phone Charger
  • Mobile Phone
  • Satellite Phone
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Thermal Blanket (they take up very little space and are very light)
  • Band-Aids or Tape
  • Spare Batteries
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Water Bottle
  • Food to take on the excursion (fruit, nuts, sandwich, etc.)
  • Energy Bars and/or Coffee

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Personal Hygiene

  • Wipes
  • Disinfectant Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Mask


  • Garbage Bag
  • Small Notebook for Notes
  • Pencil, Marker Pen or Ballpoint Pen
  • Route Itinerary
  • Altimeter Watch
  • Spare Socks

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