Hiking checklists

On some trails, forgetting an item is a big problem. But on the GR10, you will come across supply towns every few days, so you will survive if you have the most basic necessities (clothing and water). It can be uncomfortable to not have your supplies for a few days, and maybe you don't want to spend time shopping. So here is a list of items I recommend.

Supplies for a day-hike

  • A GR10 guide book
  • Water. I recommend at least 1 liter per 30kg body mass if sunny
  • First-aid kit. This should include supplies for larger woonds, an aluminium heat blanket, blister treatment, and small band aids
  • Some calories. I recommend bringing at least 400 kcal for every 30kg of body mass
  • Swiss army knife
  • Sun cream, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun
  • Toilet paper (in a waterproof, zip-lock bag)
  • Your phone and wallet (in a waterproof, zip-lock bag)
  • Backpack to carry everything

Clothes

Try to get synthetic clothes as much as possible because they dry faster after sweating and being under the rain. They also last longer than wol. Cotton is much heavier than synthetics and also takes longer to dry.

  • Good hiking shoes. Running shoes are too light to deal with the terrain, but heavy, water-tight shoes are not necessary. Also hiking socks will provide much more comfort than regular socks. Make sure you have tested your shoes on less demanding hikes
  • Sports shorts, sports long pants (can be zip-off)
  • Underwear, t-shirt
  • Warm jacket
  • Light, water-proof coat

Hotel/hostels

  • If you go to hostels (aka gites) you should bring your own towel and your own pillow cover. Bringing linen could be useful, too, but are a lot of weight. I recommend getting a travel towel which are much lighter and smaller
  • For both hotel and hostel your own shampoo/soap

Camping

  • Light tent
  • Travel towel (they are much lighter and smaller)
  • Sleeping bag -10C (or 0C if sleeping with clothing)
  • A lighter for starting fires
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Strong, light, probably plastic cutlery
  • Cooking:
    If you choose to carry a cooking station
    • Gas cooker or a wood stove
    • Pots
    • Food that can be heated. E.g. instant pastas are great for this. Also you can add oil to most warm dishes, which is caloricly dense
    If you choose to travel lighter and eat cold
    • Food that can be eaten cold
    • Perhaps a pot/cup to still make use of open fires. To not let your cup get black, place a large, flat stone on a warm fire. The kind of fire with a lot of hot coals but no flames
    Bring teabags (protected from water). Even if you don't plan on using heat, you may find a group willing to give you warm water.

Other

  • Personal highgeen products, including toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Phone loaded with entertainment, earphones, camera, chargers, (solar) power bank
  • Sandals or slippers for after your walk
  • Multivitamins because baguettes and other trail food on the GR10 are often nutritionally deficient
  • Ibuprofen as a painkiller. This is anti-inflammatory which will help you more to recover from hiking than the common alternative, paracetamol/acetaminophen