Practical advice

What to wear in the backpack

For routes in the day, a few hours.

  • Water (a liter and a half for an adult)
  • Food, without passing us. It is not advisable to binge in the middle of the route, apart from the fact that we have to control the weight that we carry.
  • Energy bars, for emergencies. They occupy and weigh little, and they can come in handy if we have a downturn or if we are late for whatever reason.
  • A mobile. Essential. For emergencies, both to notify and to be located. Try to make sure the battery is fully charged before leaving the route. If the road is relatively long, it is better to take the phone off to save battery power.
  • Whistle. In case we have a problem, the noise makes it easier for us to be located and spend less energy than screaming.
  • Small multipurpose knife. Here you can see many models. In Spain, for the knife to be legal, it must have a single edge, a blade of less than 11cm. And it can’t be automatic. There is no problem in carrying a Swiss army knife that meets these requirements. The Civil Guard itself recommends taking a razor among the approved equipment to go to the mountain.
  • Spare laces for footwear and/or a rope, for example, a paracord (parachute rope), cord or similar that are light and very resistant. It is always good to wear something that allows you to tie or hold things.
  • Flashlight, just in case it catches us the night. Preferably a headlamp (since it leaves our hands free) or at least an ordinary led flashlight. Verify that the batteries are charged and carry spare batteries in the backpack.
  • Sunscreen . Especially in summer, but also for any time of the year and if it is a route at a certain height above sea level.
  • A thermal blanket. They are very cheap, do not occupy space, are light and can come in handy in some circumstances.
  • An external battery or power bank to recharge the mobile battery if necessary. Here you have many options at a reasonable price.
  • A small first aid kit (Essential. See below what it should contain)
  • A light raincoat or windbreaker. Although it will depend on the equipment, we carry depending on the weather conditions. This would be spare, for example, if we are going to leave in good weather but we will go through shady areas, or we will climb to bare areas with the wind, or in case we drop an unforeseen shower, etc.
  • A change, extra warm clothes, etc. Depending on the time of the year, weather conditions … For example, it is interesting to wear spare socks in case we get wet feet. A cap. A polar hat A panty … These small elements can be carried inside transparent Zip bags to prevent moisture or get wet for some reason.
  • A couple of large plastic bags (to bring back the trash or to wrap things in case of rain)

See the section on the characteristics of the backpack below. But keep in mind that between 4 and 6Kg would be the maximum recommended weight to be comfortable. Above that weight, we can have problems as the route passes. If we only do courses occasionally and we are not trained it is preferable to go to the minimum weight (4-5Kg), each gram of more on the back is noticeable when we carry a few kilometers.

Given that the water is 1.5Kg, and the weight of the backpack itself will be around 1Kg, we have a margin of about 2-3Kg for the rest of the equipment, which usually gives for everything we need.

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