What do you pack for the adventure of a lifetime on the Tour du Mont Blanc? What size should my bag be? Should I wear waterproof boots, or not? How many water bottles should I bring?
As you start preparing everything for your trip, new thoughts and questions might come up. If you are wondering what to pack and what to better leave at home, don’t worry. To help you with your preparation we have compiled the ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc packing list for you!
Excited? Let’s begin packing!
Before you start shoving things in your backpack, you need to think about the conditions of your tour. As we offer trips with different durations, you will be in the mountains for 8, 12 or 13 days. Depending which option you have chosen, you will need more or fewer things.
Your personal packing list will also depend on the accommodation you will be staying in. If you booked the Authentic Tour, you will sleep in shared dorms in simple mountain huts and should bring some specific items that you won’t need if you take part the Comfort Tour featuring hotels. For example, a hotel usually provides towels and some toiletries.
High mountain regions have their own climate. Don’t rely on warm and sunny weather, even if you are going on the Tour de Mont Blanc in the summer months. Always be prepared for rain, wind and cold as the weather can change quickly.
If you decide not to hire our luggage transfer service, you should pay extra attention to packing light. However, we will gladly make your hiking adventure even more enjoyable and transfer your luggage from point to point so you don’t have to worry about the weight of your backpack. Your back, knees and feet will thank you!
If you decide to stay in mountain huts and carry your own bags, then you have to condense your wants and needs down to a core number of items. This is tactical packing at its finest. In order to help you make the right choice on what to pack for your Tour de Mont Blanc, we have created an ultralight Mont Blanc packing gear list to get you started!
This is a general Tour de Mont Blanc packing list for both men and women.
Consider factors like quick-dry and thin lightweight material. Avoid cotton and denim at all costs, as it holds moisture next to the skin causing chaffing and blisters. It also takes longer to dry after washing or getting wet and can make you very cold.
The weather can be very unpredictable in the mountains, so it is essential to carry good, waterproof rain gear. This should include a poncho, rain trousers, a raincoat, or some combination of the above.
Tip: go for a walk on a rainy day at home to test out your choice before leaving. To test under full-on torrential conditions, hop in the shower wearing your gear. Any leaks will quickly become apparent.
Choosing the right footwear for your Tour de Mont Blanc is one of the most important decisions that you have to make. It’s vital to find shoes that fit well and are suited to your body, the weather, and the terrain.
Tips: Before starting your Tour de Mont Blanc, make sure you’ve broken them in over at least 6 long walks. Also, take a spare pair of lightweight shoes for the evening – preferably waterproof if using hostel showers – to give the feet a rest after a day’s walking.
Further info on choosing the best walking footwear on our sister company article.
When choosing a hiking backpack for your Tour de Mont Blanc – consider comfort above all. You will be carrying your own load (if you decide to not hire luggage transfer) for the duration of your adventure. Every day you will be walking between 12 and 28 km.
Choose a good quality lightweight backpack with a ventilated back. A padded, adjustable hip strap is a must to help you keep balanced and put the load on your hips instead of your shoulders and back. Opt for a backpack with an internal frame (most modern backpacks) instead of external. Remember to bring a rain cover in case of heavy rain.
If you will make use of our luggage transfer, you will need a day pack and an overnight bag:
You and your backpack will become very close on the hike – the manner of that relationship depends on the weight and also on your packing technique. To have a backpack that rests comfortably on your hips and doesn’t move around as you hike with it, it is important to think about balance, convenience and functionality while packing.
A typical hiking backpack usually consists of:
Try to make sure that your heaviest things are near the bottom of your back and close to your body.
Congratulations, you made it through the list! It may look a bit overwhelming and there is a lot to consider, but it will definitely pay off if you take your time and pack carefully.
Remember that we offer luggage transfers, as well as accommodation, so you can focus on the adventure of hiking the Tour de Mont Blanc without worrying about your baggage.
You can also read about training for your walking holiday to Mont Blanc on our blog.
Good luck with your preparations and we hope you have an amazing hike!