The E5 Trans-Alp
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your pack to a minimum. During this holiday you will carry all of the things you need during the trek. It is possible to leave travel clothes in your luggage at the guesthouse.
You must bring the following items:
Shoes or slippers for use in the huts
Gaiters (long or short)
Socks technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)
Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one long sleeved)
T-shirt or casual shirts x 2
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket (with hood)
Waterproof overtrousers (rainpants)
Eye wear sunglasses
Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
Rucksack 40 to 50 litres
Torch / flashlight
Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)**
Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
Lip salve with sunscreen
Water bottle x 1 litre
Dry Bag(s) to keep essentials dry
Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
Small Padlock (for trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Trekking poles (recommended)
Extra warm layer (prima loft or lightweight down)
Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera, media, batteries
* Walking Boots:Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently robust to protect feet and ankles on a variety of terrain including boulders and loose scree. You may also encounter snow patches and boots should be waterproof.
**Sleeping bags are NOT required as bedding is provided at mountain huts. However, you must bring a sheet sleeping bag.