With a view through the night: the headlamp
It is worn on the head, it is light and cheap in price. In addition, hikers have both hands free and know exactly where the trip hazards are on the path. The headlamp is straightforward and helpful in certain situations. Because even with the most careful of planning or when travelling in a group, a delay can never be ruled out. The day can quickly turn to nigh, and a headlamp is needed.
The lamp gives you enough light to continue on the trail at dusk or even darkness. Especially in autumn, when the days begin to get shorter, the headlamp belongs in every backpack. The lamp also proves to be useful when hiking in creeks or when staying overnight in a hut. So both hands are free to support or read!
- Read more about the ideal walking gear when hiking.
Against painful feet: wide tape
When walking long distances, the feet are stressed. Since hiking boots can cause blisters on the feet, or leave aching pressure points a first aid kit is essential. In addition, the Eurohike team recommends carrying a wide tape. The tape not only protects against unpleasant blisters, but also relieves any pressure points.
Tip: It is important to attach the tape wrinkle-free to the foot. Otherwise, it creates an unnecessary friction point that can cause pain.
The advantage over a normal plaster? The enormous elasticity. So the foot still has enough freedom of movement, which is worth gold during a hike.
By the way: When buying a hiking backpack, make sure that it has an integrated rain cover. So nothing can happen to the contents inside and everything stays nice and dry!
- Also read our tips on how to tie your hiking boots properly. This helps to prevent pain and blisters.
The little helper: the tweezers
You are enjoying the wonderful scenery and do not pay attention to your feet. That’s when it happens. You fall over and skin your palms and knees. Small stones and debris are stuck in the wound. What do you do? With good tweezers, foreign objects can be easily removed from open wounds. Just like ticks. Because on your way through the woods, along streams and paths, they hide, those pesky insects. You can quickly end up with a tick biting into your body. Attention: When pulling out the little beasts you should be careful to place the tweezers as close as possible to the head of the rick. Now you just need to pry out the culprit carefully, without squeezing it or leaving a residue on the skin.
And if you don’t quite remember the route, there are also handy apps like the compass app with GPS tracking for perfect organisation.
If you always have these important gadgets in your hiking backpack, you are well equipped for all eventualities on the route.