The right hiking accessories: So you are well equipped for every tour
Hiking is booming in Germany, and not just since the Corona pandemic: from Lower Saxony to Bavaria there are beautiful routes in this country that are just as suitable for short day trips as long trekking tours. With the right hiking accessories, you are prepared for all eventualities.
In 2020, more than seven million people (over the age of 14) went hiking in their free time – according to current statistics. And the German Hiking Association (DWV) also found in a survey that demand has increased significantly due to entry restrictions abroad. As a result, the DWV advises anyone interested to use the entire hiking network in Germany for the current season: Here you can get an overview of all routes. And the ADAC has also put together an overview of the 14 most beautiful hiking trails for beginners and advanced hikers, families and individualists. Once you have chosen a tour, you still need the appropriate equipment and the right hiking accessories. We tell you what should not be missing in a backpack.
1. Seat cushion
At low temperatures or on rainy days, sitting breaks can become uncomfortable for the backside if they have to sit on a cold bench or cold stones. An insulating and waterproof seat cushion is very useful here. When folded, it takes up very little space in the backpack, making it the ideal companion for on the go. Depending on the manufacturer, there are different sizes and colors, but the functions are always the same. Here you will find a thermal seat cushion.
2. Pocket knife
If there is one hiking accessory that should not be missing in a backpack, then it is a Swiss Army Knife. The all-round talent combines several functions in one: a large and a small blade, a can opener and two screwdrivers (3 and 6 mm), a bottle opener and a wire stripper, a reamer and a corkscrew, a wood saw and a multi-purpose hook, a toothpick and tweezers and a ring. The knife is compact, light and durable. Here is the right model.
It is a must-have for night hikes, but also a practical gadget in the twilight: the headlamp. It sits firmly on the head and is still so light that it is hardly noticed and in no way restricts. Most models have several brightness levels – such as different floodlight modes and headlights. The headlamp is waterproof and can illuminate the path for between five and 20 hours (depending on the setting).
Here you get a corresponding model.
During a hike it can happen that it rains for several hours at a time – at some point even the waterproof shoes no longer help against the damp calves (and socks). Gaiters are a practical accessory to protect them from cold, wet and dirt. They are made of windproof and waterproof materials and prevent the penetration of moisture, which penetrates through the calves to the socks. Check out the leggings with phone pockets for the best hiking experience.
Here you can get the hiking gaiters.
5. Hiking sticks
Young people in particular often have reservations about hiking poles because they still feel “too young” for them. They are of great use when going up and down, especially on longer routes: They can relieve the knees and wrists, shoulders and elbows. They also provide more drive and support balance on uneven routes. But what should be emphasized: Most models can be folded up and easily stowed in a backpack.
Adjustable walking sticks are available here.
With binoculars, you not only enjoy the good view on high mountain peaks, but you can also better explore and observe animals and plants. In addition, signs, paths and huts that are far away can be spotted more quickly and easily. Aside from being able to enjoy countless sights from afar as well. And since these small, compact binoculars fit in any backpack, they are the ideal hiking accessory.
Here you get a model with 12x magnification.
7. First aid kit
A certified first-aid kit according to DIN13167 for emergencies should also not be missing in any hiking backpack. It contains all the utensils you need to treat minor accidents (e.g. abrasions, insect bites or blisters), such as: a plaster set, different types of bandages, a rescue blanket and scissors, vinyl gloves and cleaning cloths. And also important: a guide to first aid in the event of an accident. The compact set for on the go is available here.
8. Picnic Blanket
A practical picnic blanket made of abrasion-resistant material for outdoor activities can also be folded up thinly and easily transported. The water-repellent polyester underside prevents moisture from penetrating the floor, so the blanket can easily be spread out on a wet meadow. This hiking accessory is particularly practical for families with children, since several people can sit on it. Here you can get the waterproof picnic blanket in different colors.
9. Survival Bracelet
For long hikes, there is another gadget that can be of real help: the survival bracelet. As the name suggests, the accessory is not stowed in a backpack, but worn on the wrist. It is multifunctional and combines a signal whistle for emergency situations, a mini knife as well as a fire steel and scraper in one bracelet. But what is even more exciting: It is made of parachute cord, three meters long and can carry up to 160 kilos. Here is the bracelet.
10. GPS device
Last but not least, this classic must not be missing: a GPS device. The compact model is a compass, altimeter and hiking map in one – and works even when the cell phone has lost signal. The device is certainly a helpful companion in the mountains for people who do not have a good orientation and who rely on navigation. And since it works without any problems even in bright sunshine or heavy downpours, the purchase can definitely make sense.