Hut-to-hut hike packing list

What to take on a multi-day hike? A hut-to-hut hike packing list!

In 2021, I went on my first Hut-to-Hut hike. Hiking the Alta Via 1 was an amazing experience, but I have to say, I was quite nervous going on my first multi-day hike. I knew a couple of things from friends and did a lot of reading on what was needed and how to pack light but still bring everything you need. And of course, I was a bit stubborn and still had to make some mistakes of my own. I’m happy to now share my hut-to-hut hike packing list with you. Or at least, how I would pack taking my learnings of this first trip into account! 🙂 

Curious to learn more about my Alta Via 1 trip? Check out all the articles here!

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The goal

Bring less than you think you need! Pack as light as you can and take fabrics like merino where unwanted smells don’t stick. Pro tip: take as much as you can out of the original packaging, this takes up weight! Your nice toiletry bag is just additional weight, as is the bag for your EHBO gear. Only take what you need and the amount you need!

The hut-to-hut packing list you will find below is suitable for 7 days of hiking. We did the Alta Via 1 in Italy early July, so the overall temperature was nice, with some occasional showers and snow still on the tracks. Note that we stayed in huts, and this is a hut-to-hut hike packing list, so no camping gear or food is mentioned.

|| Your Hiking AND SLEEPING gear

a. 36L backpack – Mine is the Osprey Kyte and was perfect for the trip. I would highly recommend this size, as it forces you to not take too much and it has some compartments that are very useful for hiking (e.g. for your waterbag)

b. Hiking Poles – Before this trip, I never used hiking poles. But wow, it makes ascending and descending so much easier. I only got 1 pole, however, I could definitely recommend getting 2. 

c. A waterbag / camelbag – A camel bag fits nicely in your backpack. As you are walking with all your luggage, you don’t want to take off your backpack for every sip of water you take. This is a must. 

d. Additional water bottle – I also took a small additional water bottle (plastic, sorry, as it is the most light weight). You don’t want to be drinking from your camelbag once you have arrived at your hut.

e. Plastic / Ziplock bags – Take some additional plastic and ziplock bags. They are great for restructuring, to store your garbage when needed. They don’t weigh anything, but can help out in multiple ways.

f. Sleeping bag and or liner – As I was doing the hike during covid, we had to take our own sleeping bag. Check this with your huts up front, so you are not bringing additional gear if not needed. A sleeping liner is always a great idea and compulsory in most huts

g. Pillowcase – in most huts you also have to bring your own pillow case to cover the pillow 

h. Microviber towel – bring one towel for the huts where a towel might not be provided to you

|| Clothing

a. Good hiking shoes – The most important part of your outfit. Take good hiking shoes (I recommend once that also support your ankle). I use mine from Lowe when going on larger treks. 

b. 2x pair of hiking socks – buy hiking socks from merino wool for them to stay fresh. Take 2 pairs to be able to alternate them and wash/dry them on your bag. I took one pair from Smartwool and one pair from Bridgedale

c. 1 normal pair of socks – I took one normal pair of socks that were a bit thinner for when in the hut to make sure my slippers did fit well. 

d. 4x panties / underpants

e. 2 sportbras 

f. 2 t-shirts – I recommend t-shirts as tops could irritate with the backpack

g. 2x short sports legging – dependent on weather conditions and temperature 

h. 1x long sports legging 

i. 1x longsleeve

j. 1x fleecevest

k. 1x raincoat

l. 1x relax outfit – I took one short and one long outfit to wear in the evenings and as a pyjama. Make sure you take items that are as light as possible. 

m. Slippers – go with slippers you can wear with socks. In the huts you are not allowed to wear your hiking boots, so slippers with socks are perfect. 

n. Buff / neckwarmer 

o. Cap (personally, I’m not the biggest fan, but a lot of people like to bring a cap. Bring a light weight one, suitable for hiking)

p. Sunglasses 

q. Packing cubes – amazing way to easily unpack and repack your bag, since you have to do this daily 


a. Toothpaste

b. Toothbrush

c. Hairbrush

d. Contact lens solution and spare contacts

e. Face cleanser & day cream

f. Small shampoo 

g. Small bodywash 

h. Pressed deodorant

i. Razors

j. Plasters & Blaster plasters

k. Tigerbalm

l. Sunscreen

m. Sport tape – (use them on starting blisters, works like a charm! or of course for any joint pains)

n. Painkillers

o. Laundry wash pocket 

p. EHBO kit

q. Earplugs & sleeping mask


a. Camera (15-50mm lens) – I made the biggest mistake by also taking my 50-200mm lens. Which wasn’t the most suitable lens for the mountains but is quite heavy. Definitely would stick with only my main lens next time. 

b. Camera Clip – I have mine from PeakDesign. Easy to clip to your backpack and makes photography during your trip way easier.

c. E-reader

d. Small game – Nice as an easy activity, but don’t take more than 1 game and save on weight by e.g. bringing Yatzee or cards.

e. Bars – We had 1 bar per day, which is great for lunch or as a snack. I would highly recommend Cliff Bars. 

f. External charger or USB charger with multiple entry points – This is dependent on the huts you are staying in. I only took my USB splitter, which makes it way easier to charge all your devices or share the plugs with other people in your room. If you take an external charger, take a small one as the ones with more power are also heavier. 

g. Dry bag Mainly to make sure your food and personal important belongings stay dry

h. Head torch

i. Detailed maps of the region – mark the route beforehand so it is easy to follow during your trip 

j. Optional: Waterfilter – we only used this once and you can also buy bottled water in case the water is not suitable for drinking

k. Passport, credit card, cash – in most of the huts you can only pay cash, so take enough cash for your whole trip

Learn more about my alta via 1 hike here

Read more about my multi-day Alta Via hike here


Hut-to-hut Hike Packing List, Multi Day Hike


Hut-to-hut Hike Packing List, Multi Day Hike