My first mountain hike: what should I wear?

Are you about to take your first mountain hike and don’t know what to wear? The right clothing will make this experience more pleasant and avoid unnecessary hassle. That’s why we prepared some useful tips.

Hiking dress code

Always choose long trousers (yes, even in summer): you might find stinging plants or brambles along the path, and you will be more protected if your legs are covered.

Bring a rain jacket. Mountain weather is unpredictable, so being prepared is always a good idea.

Layered clothing is your friend: wear a t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, and a warmer one. This obviously depends on the season, but remember that in the mountains, a little wind or rain can cause temperatures to drop quickly even in summer. Wear hiking boots, and a hat to protect yourself from sun or rain. Bring a watch, as it is always important to mark your starting time in order to calculate your progress. You can also use it to calculate how much time you need to go back before it gets dark. It will also help you figure out whether you took the wrong path: at the beginning of each path, hiking signs mark the time or the kilometers between you and your destination.

What to put in your backpack

You can’t fit your entire home in your backpack: no one will carry it in your place! The secret lies in choosing useful items over unnecessary ones.

Your backpack needs to be light and waterproof, so that sudden rain won’t seep inside.

The essentials:

  • Water. You will adjust the quantity according to the presence of sources of drinkable water along the route.
  • A high energy snack, such as fresh or dried fruit, chocolates, or anything that may help you in case of a sudden blood sugar drop.
  • A light lunch: if you plan to have a picnic along the way, choose simple and digestion-friendly food
  • Tissues and a small first aid kit.
  • ID and some money (you never know!).
  • Sunscreen.
  • A camera to take pictures of the beautiful landscapes.

Have fun and remember to only leave your footprints behind!

Lisa Cantagallo Guida AIGAE