#80. Greece, hiking on the chestnut forests of Dirfy mountain, Evia island
What you may need during the trip.
Get ready, be prepared!

For international adventures

A non-exhaustive list for your next adventure. Adapt as needed to the reality of the destination, the expected local conditions, and the trip length. 


  • Passport (6 months validity, 2 blank pages per destination)
    tip: EU citizens are entitled to use any other EU embassy in unrepresented countries
  • Visas/invitation letters (printed if needed)
  • Insurance card (social European card / private)
    tip: EU citizens are entitled free public healthcare in every EU country
  • Vaccinations/Yellow Fever certificate
  • Photographs (2 per destination)
  • Driving Licence/International Driving Licence/Credit Card (for self drive trips)
  • Photocopies/Photographs of personal documents
  • Flight Tickets/Vouchers (accommodation/transportation/activities, printed if needed)
  • Bank check (account balance, card use charges, notify of travelling abroad)
    tip: use a N26/Revolut card outside Eurozone to minimise charges


  • Camera (+cables, charger, extra batteries/memory cards, weather protection)
  • Laptop / tablet (+charger, mouse, USB stick)
  • Dual or 2nd mobile for local SIM card (+charger)
  • Headphones / Bluetooth
  • Car holder / car charger (for self drive trips)
  • Travel AC adaptor (international)
  • Power bank
  • Flashlight / batteries (on checked baggage)
  • Choose roaming service / block mobile internet data


  • Copy daily itinerary to Calendar
  • Offline Translate local language
  • Store offline important documents (official/tickets/vouchers)
  • Download offline maps/Import points of interest to Maps app
  • Add destinations to Weather app
  • Install VPN (for destinations with internet restrictions)
  • Electronic check-in flights


  • General antibiotic (Augmentin)
  • Travellers’ diarrhoea (Imodium) / bowel infection (Rifacol)
  • Headache (Panadol)
  • Personal medicine (depending on condition)
  • Mosquito bites (Fenistil)
  • Mosquito repellent / DEET (for tropical destinations)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Wound plasters / first aid kit
  • Hand gel (1 per week) / antibacterial wipes
  • Contact Travel Medicine office for vaccinations and precautions
  • Anti-malaria treatment (Malarone, 2 days before/7 days after exposure)


  • Deodorant (roll on) / perfume (100ml pack)
  • Bath sponge
  • Soap / shower gel (100ml pack) / shampoo (100ml pack)
  • Razor / shaving gel (100km pack)
  • Sanitary napkins / tampons / condoms
  • Cotton swabs
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste / mouthwash (100ml pack)
  • Nail clipper (on checked baggage) / pocketknife (on checked baggage)
  • Cutlery (on checked baggage)
  • Sunscreen body / face / lip balm
  • Pocket tissue paper
  • Toilet paper / baby wipes
  • Shoe polish


  • Umbrella
  • Woolly hut / gloves / scarf
  • Waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Bandana / face cover (snow/desert conditions)
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag / travel sheet / pillow
  • Towel (quick dry)
  • Shoe covers (for bare feet temples)
  • Sunglasses / glasses
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Slippers / flip-flops (for hotel use)
  • Pants / shorts (enough to cover your stay)
  • T-shirts / long-sleeves (enough to cover your stay)
  • Underwear / socks (enough to cover your stay)
  • Walking shoes (comfortable) / sandals (waterproof)
  • Jewellery (non-flashy)
  • Luggage lock

For hiking trips

General recommended gear for hiking trips, depending on the weather conditions and the trip’s length. Adapt as necessary, and always use common sense. 


  • Hiking boots (absolutely necessary)
  • Walking sticks (if needed)
  • Hiking pants (breathable, quick dry)
  • Fleece (you might remove this during the hike)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses (snow and bare rock are really reflective surfaces)
  • Sun or woolly hat, bandana (depending on weather conditions)
  • Woolly/waterproof gloves
  • Thermal clothes/underwear (for really cold conditions)
  • Second pair of shoes (for after the hike)
  • Second change of socks/clothes (for after the hike)
  • Day backpack (to carry during the hike)

Personal Hygiene

  • Personal first aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol based)
  • Toilet/tissue paper, baby wipes
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Personal trash bag (for collecting your own)
  • Water (at least 0.5lt per 5km)
  • Snacks for the road
  • Pocket knife or multi-toolkit


  • Power bank/charger (for your electronic devices)
  • Camera (to capture those unique moments)
  • Torch (ideally head mounted, plus batteries)
  • Book/Tablet (for recreation during transfer)
  • Printed or offline map application/GPS