Tour du mont blanc – Packing list
I recently hiked Tour du mont blanc in mid-siptember 2021, and have put together a hiking list for essentials I needed on the hike, in the hopes that this will help someone else, because I know how lucky I felt to find an all inclusive list that I could use. This list is for people who will be staying in the mountain refuges or hotels/auberges/gites in the valleys, since that was my experience. I don’t frequently camp, and I didn’t want to carry the extra weight, so I chose to stay in refuges.
If you are an avid hiker already, you can customize to fit in or take out what you think would be unnecessary for you.
Hiking list essentials I had:
- A good pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes – I use Columbia women’s hiking boots.
- A 20L rucksack or backpack – A rain cover for your bag. (my bag is “waterproof” & still lets in some water, so be cautious)
- 1 pair of waterproof hiking pants
- 1 rain jacket
- 2 hiking pants/performance leggings/shorts (I chose leggings)
- 3 breathable hiking bras
- 3-4 breathable & comfortable underwear
- Sun hat
- 3 breathable hiking shirts (preferably long sleeves to protect you from the sun)
- 1 set of thermals for sleeping in the refuges (they can get cold)
- 3 pairs of breathable and quick dry hiking socks
- 1 pair of warmer socks to sleep in or change into at night
- Sleeping bag liner
- Hiking poles (I am a young 30 y/o who laughs at anyone who uses poles at my age, but trust me you need poles for the brutal ascents and descents)
- Lightweight but warm jacket to wear in the mountain passes and at night when the weather is colder
- A lightweight fleece for the evenings at your place of stay
- Slippers to use in the shared showers or dorms. Also nice to get a break in the evening from wearing stinky and probably wet hiking boots.
- Waterproof, warm gloves
- Travel towel (I used a lightweight scarf to dry myself & had a small wash cloth to clean my body) I loved the lightweight scarf b/c it dried quick when I washed it and I could use it on the next day as a scarf if it was cold.
- Water bottle – There are fountains everywhere!! know where they are and plan wisely.
- Hydration bladder 1L – this will increase your weight so I opted not to have it, but if you use it frequently, get it.
- Chaffing cream & moleskin – This stuff saved my toes & heels!!!
- Pain medicine – I needed Advil 400mg every night or else I couldn’t sleep b/c everything hurts!!
- Power plug adapters (eu)
- Power bank (light weight but good) – Mine lasted me 5 days and I charged my phone and camera battery 4x. The refuges have charging stations, but some got full fast, and some needed to reserve energy from 8pm to 6:30 a.m, so barely giving you time to charge your phone.
- Headlamp – I used so much in the dorms haha
- Camera (if solo hiking, a nice small, lightweight, collapsible tripod)
- Concentrated detergent or Barsoap – for washing clothes
- Toiletries (lotion, shower gel, shampoo, lip balm, hair ties or head band, a small nail cutter – my nails kept breaking and it was awful not to have something to cut them)
- A small Swiss knife
- Money (euros are absolutely necessary, don’t worry about Swiss francs, everywhere in Switzerland takes euros). I had 320 euros and I used them all, I was left with a 5 euro bill. The money went into paying the places of stay and buying snacks along the way. Most hotels do take credit cards, so not to worry about that part, but gites, auberges, refuges and cafes were only taking cash.
- Passport, Covid vaccine proof, ID (put them in a waterproof bag or even a ziploc bag)
- Waterproof case for phone
- Map or phone gps maps like alltrails, gaia etc. (I used all trails to do the whole hike. Even though the trail is well marked, I found it very easy to miss a sign & follow other hiking trails that weren’t the TMB)
Tip: Always have your phone in airplane mode & battery saving mode if you are using an offline gps. This way you save your battery.
I hope the list above was helpful. As always feel free to ask me questions below. Enjoy your hike!