In addition to the 20-kg bag entrusted to our transport service, you will need a day-backpack with a capacity of no more than 25-30 litres
We will transfer 1 piece of luggage (max. 20 kg) from your last to your next accommodation as part of our Transport Service. We recommend a large suitcase, trekking backpack or holdall (around 60-litre capacity).
For your day backpack
Height-adjustable trekking poles take the pressure off your knees – an absolute must!
If possible, ankle-high hiking boots with which you can walk "even on bad paths and climbs" (by definition). Make sure that you don't buy the shoes too tight (when going downhill you might bump into the front) and break in the shoes beforehand.
Not so much for hiking on the Trail, but to give respite to your feet during afternoon strolls at the end of a Stage
Don’t skimp on this purchase! Good-quality hiking socks can make all the difference when it comes to comfort and preventing blisters. Some hikers like to wear thin Transtex socks underneath their actual hiking socks.
In case you get caught in a downpour and your socks still haven’t dried by the next morning.
Mountain trousers for high alpine activities should still be comfortable even in less favourable weather conditions. For this reason, the trousers should be wind- and water-repellent and also have a certain insulating capacity. Softshell is currently the most popular material for such mountain trousers.
In case your main pair hasn’t quite dried by the next morning (or to wear indoors in the evening)
This is the layer closest to your skin in warm weather, so it should be breathable and fast-drying. Options range widely from purely synthetic materials (very fast-drying, but odour-prone, i.e. Transtex) wool fabrics (odour-neutral, but not quite as fast-drying, i.e. merino wool), including a multitude of hybrid materials.
This is the bottom layer in cold weather, so it should be breathable and dry quickly. There are many different approaches between pure synthetic material (very quick-drying but "odour hazard"; e.g. Transtex) and wool fabrics (not susceptible to odours but not drying as quickly; e.g. merino wool).
The second (and often outermost) layer should be breathable and fast-drying. Again, there are many different options on the market, ranging from synthetics (i.e. fleece) to natural materials (i.e. merino wool) – with the same pros and cons as listed for the first-layer options.
The third layer is what you’ll need in cooler or windy weather. The jacket should be wind repellent, offer a degree of insulation and be fairly water resistant.
…for relaxing evenings!
Hardshell jacket, waterproof and breathable
This might look a little unusual when hiking, but is often more comfortable than a rain jacket
Hardshell trousers, waterproof and breathable
Whichever style you favour (from broad-rimmed sunhat to peaked cap), this is an absolute MUST
A MUST outside the summer months; also highly recommended in high summer on the more alpine stages (over 2,000 m)
Small-sized travel towels can be purchased at facilities run by the Austrian Alpine Association
On certain routes your swimming gear will be among your most important luggage items! Also, if you have booked ‘Comfort’-category accommodation for your Trail journey, you can take advantage of the spa areas offered by many of our partner companies!
Each hiker will have their own idea of what constitutes a necessity
In addition to any prescription medication you may need to bring with you, you might consider over-the-counter items such as Imodium, charcoal tablets, Bepanthen, and mild pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Parkemed
We recommend Compeed plasters
Usually included in the first aid kit
We recommend you apply deer tallow cream to your feet BEFORE setting out on your hiking day, to help prevent blisters
can always come in handy
Retailers now offer a vast choice of tight-fitting sunglasses with 100% UV protection and filter category 3. .
Broad-spectrum sunscreen, min. SPF 30, water/sweat resistant
min SPF 20
You will find top-quality sets at specialist retailers. In any case, you will at least need: plasters, blister pads, elastic bandages, alcohol pads, disinfectant spray, and a small travel pharmacy (pain killers etc.)
This is always useful - not least in case your hiking day extends into the evening
Storing them separately can save you a lot of trouble, especially when travelling in faraway countries
Your personal holiday guide. Be sure to bring a copy of your Trail journey directions.
Our Trails are easy to navigate even without GPS. However, it can be a useful aid to help you get your bearings even faster – which is why we provide GPS maps to download for your convenience.
… and charger! You should always travel with a mobile phone – be it for taking pictures, in the unlikely event that you need to make an emergency call, to ring our Hotline, to look up the description of Trail stages or access your GPS map. Be sure to add all emergency numbers to your contacts before setting out!
Depending on the country you are travelling to; see "Reiseinformationen"
Depending on the nature of your Trail and your individual body type, we recommend a capacity of 1.5 to 3 litres. Options range from a simple plastic bottle to Camelbak hydration packs
This is best determined on a day-by-day basis, depending on the availability of inns along the route, local food shopping facilities, etc.