Hike with view to the tower of Pisa Latemar | © Helmuth Rier
Hike with view to the tower of Pisa Latemar | © Helmuth Rier
How can I pack my rucksack?
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How can I pack my rucksack sustainably?

Tips to help you pack your rucksack

It may sound obvious, but it is very important to pay attention to what you pack in your rucksack when venturing into the mountains and the great outdoors. On the one hand, there is the extra weight, which is often critical (especially on longer tours), while on the other you also have to think about such matters as waste reduction, sustainability and nutrition. What should you take, and what don’t you need? Here are some tips for you.

Eating and drinking in the mountains:

Regional and seasonal foods are ideal for satisfying larger or smaller needs when you are out in the valleys or the mountains. In this way you can support the local businesses that each day provide us with fresh bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, jams, cheese, etc. This also helps avoid long transport routes, which is in turn good for the environment. And, on top of all that, our local products taste wonderful – naturally! The best way to pack these delicacies is in a hiking box, which serves two functions at once: it keeps your food nice and fresh and serves as a container on the way back for any rubbish accumulated, which should then be disposed of properly after you return home.

Also remember to take enough water along: the best and most environmentally friendly solution is to take a reusable water bottle that you can always easily refill with fresh, clean water from the drinking fountains at these places in the Eggental valley. What’s more, our Eggental drinking bottle makes an ideal, plastic-free companion. 

Information board how to pack my backpack sustainably | © Achtsam am Berg

Checklist for a day tour:

  1. Weatherproof clothing, sturdy shoes, a change of clothes and possibly walking poles.
  2. Hiking map
  3. Rubbish bag or box
  4. Picnic lunch and nutrition-rich snacks (muesli bars, dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
  5. Reusable water bottle
  6. Sun and rain protection
  7. First aid kit
  8. Blister plasters
  9. When nature calls, use the toilets in the huts!
  10. Mobile phone with fully charged battery (emergency number: 112)
  11. Pocket knife
  12. Cash, as it is not always technically possible to pay by card in the mountains. 
man woman hikers mountain view  | © Ph. Helmuth Rier
Always remember:
  • Take home what you bring into the mountains and dispose of it properly.
  • Stay on the marked trails for hiking and biking. This also applies to winter activities such as skiing, winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc. 
  • Avoid litter and never leave any behind.
  • Don’t carry any excess weight in your rucksack. You can get everything you need from our mountain refuges and huts.
Rosengarten and meadow Late Summer | © IDM/Alex Moling
Two skiers Kölner Hütte Slopes Rosengarten Alpenglow | © Harald Wisthaler
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