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Hiking and backpacking Secure your Adventures

Out of the house and into the woods!

For a relaxed and laid-back hiking trip, we have a few little things that fit into any backpack along with clothes, a first-aid kit, and so on. Our animal defense spray, the 145 backpack lock, our small handy penlight and the Combiflex roll-back cable lock, to name a few.

... and of course, the same goes for longer backpacking trips through Australia.

Our tips for backpacking and hiking:

I pack my backpack and take:


  • Backpack
  • Weatherproof backpack cover
  • Sleeping pad if necessary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Garbage bags
  • Detergent
  • Bungee cord set
  • Water bottle


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants, long/short
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Swimwear
  • Hiking boots
  • Headgear


  • Towel
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower gel/shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues


  • Band-aids
  • Bandages
  • Tick tweezers
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Painkiller
  • Charcoal tablets
  • Disinfectant
  • Blister cushions


  • Chargers
  • Camera
  • Powerbank
  • Cell phone
  • Headphones
  • Travel adapter



  • ID card
  • Credit card
  • Health insurance card
  • Snacks


Packing list as PDF download.

How far you can hike in a day depends entirely on whether you are a seasoned hiker or just starting out. When you start your hiking vacation, it is recommended that you do not push yourself too much in the beginning. After all, you are supposed to relax during your vacation.

Ramp up from day to day. For example, start with ten to fifteen kilometers and gradually add more distance. When you plan your vacation, you can set your hiking routes accordingly. Keep this in mind ff your trek goes through rough terrain or over mountains with a lot of inclines or descents.

Experienced hikers know: Break in your hiking boots before your vacation! Otherwise, blisters are guaranteed. And they can be very painful. Blister cushions should be a part of every first-aid kit for this reason.

Day hike: Example

  • Daily goal: 12 miles. Advanced hikers may want to do 18 miles.
  • Note that on normal terrain without too many inclines, you can hike about 3 miles per hour.
  • Tip:
    Tourist information centers in vacation towns often have day trips or circular hiking trails to download on their websites. You can often choose between hiking routes of different lengths and difficulty levels.
  • When buying hiking clothing, look for quality and product designed for outdoor use.  Pants, socks or shoes are exposed to more stress during hiking than street clothes. In particular, avoid wearing jeans or linen pants: When it rains, these fabrics become soaked and not only grow heavy, but also stick to the body. In addition, jeans and similar items of clothing are not breathable and do not keep you warm. And especially in the mountains, you know the weather can change in a matter of minutes.
  • Rely on comfortable, convenient clothing and a well-fitting hiking backpack.
  • Pack your backpack so that you are prepared for emergencies and can travel safely at night: a first-aid kit, flashlight, power bank, animal repellent spray, warm sweater and a bottle of water should always be with you.
  • We also recommend packing our handy Combiflex roll-back cable lock. You can use it to attach your travel backpack to a fixed object (for example, a solid fence or lamppost) and in moments protect your travel belongings from opportunistic thieves.
  • Good combination with the Combiflex: You can secure the contents of your backpack against theft with our backpack lock.

Secure the inside of your travel backpack from casual theft! We recommend our 145 combination lock. It can be opened quickly with the number combination and without a key, ensuring that no one can just reach into the backpack in passing.

Our Tips:

Never leave your backpack unattended. Secure it against casual theft. Our Combiflex lock is ideal for this purpose. Thanks to the flexible steel cable, the backpack and other equipment such as running poles can easily be added.

145 combination lock  Combiflex lock

Geschützt und vorbereitet Wandern, mit dem 145 Zahlenschloss am Rucksack und dem Abwehrspray © ABUS

It's always worth packing a penlight on a hike or backpacking trip.  If you want to see a beautiful sunrise, you’ll have to get up before dawn. And you never know when you’ll run into poor lighting conditions during the day. If a summer thunderstorm pops up, it can turn dark and grim in a matter of minutes. That's where a flashlight comes in handy to light your way in the dark.


Want to flip through a magazine before bedtime? Our pen light provides light.
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