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How to pack for 3 days of hiking: practical advice and tips

How to pack for 3 days of hiking: practical advice and tips

Are you going on a multi-day hike? Or have you never been to one? It's high time to try it. It is important to think about what you pack in your backpack, since you will be carrying it on your back. Proper preparation is the key to a successful and comfortable experience. Even during the summer vacation, the rule is to throw away half of the things you have prepared. In the same way, consider whether you really need everything that came to your mind first. We offer you a few tips to make packing easier.

So how to pack for a few days and nights in nature?

Multi-day hiking is most often done in the summer. There is a certainty of better weather, but you still have to think about windy conditions and rain, which are not unusual in the mountains even in summer. Since you'll be wearing your backpack most of the time, it's important to focus on minimalism and functional hiking clothing. The excess weight of the backpack can cause back pain.

Thermal underwear - a must-have piece, without which you can't even take a step

Even if you definitely don't go on your first multi-day hike in winter, thermal underwear or you should definitely not miss the bottom layer. Thanks to this, you can regulate your body temperature , which often changes during hiking. The base layer, for example made of merino wool , will ensure comfort on your skin and provide you with a double function that will keep you warm and dry. Thermal underwear is not only for cold weather .

How to Pack in 3 days for hiking

What to pack next

The weather in the mountains is constantly changing, it can be different not only within a few days, but also within one day. That's why it's good to have several thermal insulation layers that you can wear, or put down. Layering will allow you to adapt to different weather conditions.

Fleece sweatshirts and hiking jackets

It is certainly advisable to have an additional thermal insulation layer to ensure optimal comfort for different conditions and activity levels. Fleece sweatshirts are a good choice. Also because:

  • they provide heat
  • they dry quickly

Don't underestimate a light insulating jacket that will protect you from wind and rain. Our recommendation is definitely a softshell jacket or a light hiking jacket .

Hiking pants

The ideal hiking pants for you can be those that have a removable lower part and you can quickly turn them into shorts. For ladies, there are comfortable hiking leggings . We leave the choice to you, but pay attention to functional materials that wick away sweat well and are elastic to ensure comfort.

EXI tip: Read our blog about hiking pants

Hiking boots

And finally, definitely quality hiking boots . Do not underestimate your choice and definitely do not go on a multi-day hike in sneakers, even though they are comfortable and reliable. This may not apply in the mountains, and if you get hit by rain, it will be too late. What hiking shoes to choose for a multi-day trip?

  • preferably the ones you have already broken up with
  • a high-quality waterproof membrane should be a matter of course
  • as the weather can change quickly, we recommend ankle or high hiking shoes rather than low ones
  • definitely don't walk in new shoes that you haven't been in before

Head protection

A cap or a hat should also not be missing from your equipment. They will provide protection from the unpleasant sun or even rain.

How to Pack in 3 days

What you should definitely not forget are hiking socks

Proper foot care is essential if you want to spend longer hiking without blisters, bruises or other problems. Tourist socks are not an invention, but they have their justification :

  • their functional cut supports movement
  • provide thermal comfort
  • the materials are adapted to greater activity, are breathable and excellent moisture wicking

Spare socks for hiking , so that's something you mustn't forget when packing!

EXI tip: Since you will certainly rest somewhere during your stay, be it in a tent camp, hotel or guesthouse, be sure to pack comfortable shoes for resting . The best choice is either sandals or, even better, crocs or rubber flip-flops. They are light and you can also use them in the shower. Feet need to rest and air out.

A backpack is not enough

A good tourist pays attention to the practical arrangement of things in the backpack , so that he has everything at hand and nothing extra that would burden him unnecessarily. A great tip is to have waterproof bags in which you store things according to their purpose - hygiene items together, first aid kit and medicine together, spare clothes together, food and cutlery together, etc. The pockets protect against possible moisture and at the same time you have everything organized and you don't have to rummage through your backpack when you're looking for something.

Modern backpacks have many pockets and compartments that allow you to easily organize your things. Use compression bags and compartments to keep things organized and quickly accessible.

How to Pack in 3 days for hiking

Spare clothes for hiking

We definitely recommend packing spare clothes . Whether you sweat or get wet, you'll definitely appreciate a pair of dry socks or a spare T-shirt later.

Tent or hotel?

So we will leave this decision entirely up to you and your preferences. However, if you decide on a more adventurous option, keep in mind that the tent should be larger than the number of people who will sleep in it. This is for convenience and storage space . Next you will need:

  • sleeping bag - depending on the season, choose a sleeping bag of a temperature class so that you are not cold in it at night (at higher temperatures, a two- or three-season sleeping bag will suffice, which you can combine with a mat underneath)
  • mat -  inflatable, self-inflating or ordinary, for better comfort

It is also advisable to pack these things in a waterproof bag so that they remain dry during sleep.

Water, water, water

It is very important to have at least one liter bottle of water with you. Preferably one that can be used repeatedly. A great helper in nature is also a water filter , which will allow you to drink from natural sources found along the way without any worries. A water bag can also be a suitable option for transporting a larger amount at once.

Don't forget the little things

If you plan to cook, you need a stove and a gas bomb for cooking. An accident or a minor accident can happen at any time. That is why it is practical to always have plasters, disinfection, bandages or painkillers with you. Sunscreen is also a matter of course.

How to pack for 3 days - a practical list

Now we offer you a practical list, thanks to which you will be sure that nothing should surprise you on a multi-day hike.

Clothing and footwear

  • 2x base layer, preferably made of merino wool
  • softshell jacket
  • middle layer - sweatshirt
  • long pants made of merino wool for colder weather, or for sleeping
  • trekking pants
  • light tourist windbreaker
  • footwear for camping/hotel – crocs, sandals
  • leather trekking shoes
  • 2x thin socks
  • 2x merino wool socks
  • swimsuit (if you plan to stop at a wellness center as well)
  • underwear

Another equipment

  • cap / hat / cap
  • gloves
  • sunglasses
  • map and compass
  • GPS navigation or smartphone, charger
  • water bag
  • headlamp and spare batteries
  • microfiber towel
  • towel (for wiping moisture from the tent)
  • multipurpose tool, multifunctional knife
  • water bottle and water filter
  • stove and gas
  • cutlery and glass
  • food (energy bars, snacks, canned food, dried fruit...)
  • tent, two-season sleeping bag, mat (if you prefer sleeping in a tent)
  • tourist backpack
  • waterproof bags
  • personal hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, wet wipes)
  • toiletries (toilet paper, small garden shovel and/or WAG bag for waste disposal)
  • first aid kit (bandages, plasters, painkillers, disinfection, your medicines that you take)
  • sunscreen

You can also find interesting tips in this video:


Frequently asked questions (FAQ) when staying in nature

How to choose the right hiking backpack?

Choose a backpack with a volume of 40-60 liters, which has quality shoulder straps and a waist belt. Check that it has enough compartments to organize things.

How much water should I take on a three-day hike?

It depends on the availability of water resources on the route. You should have at least 2-3 liters of water per day. Do not forget about filter systems or cleaning tablets.

What food is best for hiking?

Choose easily portable and nutritious foods such as dried foods, canned foods, energy bars and nuts. Plan meals that are easy to prepare.

How to prepare for unexpected weather conditions?

Take a waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves with you. Follow the weather forecast and prepare for possible changes.

Is it important to have a first aid kit with you?

Yes, a first aid kit is essential. It should contain basic medicines, bandages, plasters and disinfectant. And your medications, if you are taking any.

How to prevent blisters during long hikes?

Wear quality hiking boots and hiking socks. Before hiking, make sure your shoes are well-worn. Use preventive patches on sensitive areas.

What to do if you get lost?

Keep calm, use a map and compass or GPS device. Try to return to the last known location on the route. If necessary, wait in place and call for help. The SOS number for the HZS Mountain Rescue Service is 18,300.

Can I use a mobile phone for navigation?

Yes, but don't forget the powerbank for recharging. However, the map and compass are more reliable because they do not require a battery.

What clothes are best for hiking?

Use layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to different conditions. The base layer should wick away sweat, the insulating layer should keep warm and the outer layer should protect against wind and rain.

What to do if I meet a wild animal?

Try to keep calm, move away slowly and do not attract the animal's attention. In case of danger, try to appear bigger and make noise. Recently, people are afraid of meeting a bear while staying in nature. As a prevention, you can also carry bear spray with a range of up to 8 mesters.

Take our tips as a guide, not a strict list of things. It is important that you improve your own list according to yourself, according to the type and length of your trip. We wish you many pleasant experiences during your adventures in nature. Nature is waiting!

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