What to Pack

These are some general guidelines and a checklist to help you pack for your trip to Switzerland.

Layering is key to remaining comfortable while on an active trip. To achieve maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of ventilation, insulation, and weather protection. Avoid cotton which does not insulate when wet. Wool or synthetic materials that are quick drying are most suitable for hiking in a high mountain environment.


Expect everything from warm sun to rain and a possibility of snow. We can expect early autumn temperatures in Ticino (around 20°C/68°F during the day, cooler in the evening), as well as cooler temperatures in Andermatt with a minimum of 5°C/41°F degrees and a maximum of 10°C/50°F degrees). Also in Valais the temperatures can vary between a minimum of 5°C/41°F degrees and a maximum of 15°C/59°F degrees depending on the altitude where we are.

Recommendations for your flight

  • Daypack
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of complete flight itinerary (also save a copy online)
  • Copy of applicable travel/medical insurance, including number and contact information (also save a copy online)
  • Debit Card
  • Credit cards (more than one)
  • **We suggest you have a record of your number in case of loss or theft.**
  • Cash (Hard currency such as CHF or Euros; new, clean bills)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Medication, if applicable
  • Change of clothing in which you can hike in case luggage is lost
  • Your Hiking boots, insulating jacket, rain jacket, hat, gloves
  • Small toiletry bag (Toothbrush/Toothpaste, deodorant, etc)


  • Luggage (1 Piece, Leave at Hotel While Trekking)
  • Luggage Tags and Locks (2)
  • Day Pack (21L-35L)
  • Day Pack Rain Cover
  • Extra Small Duffel Bag (No Wheels or Rigid Frames) for overnight trek. Will be carried by pack animals.


  • Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Midweight, Synthetic)
  • Tee-shirts (synthetic or wool, quick drying)
  • Hiking Pants (Quick dry, Lightweight)
  • Fleece Pants,optional
  • Waterproof/windproof Jacket & Pants
  • Fleece/Wool Jacket
  • Down/Synthetic insulating jacket
  • Fleece/Wool Gloves or mittens
  • Fleece/Wool Liner Gloves
  • Fleece/Wool Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Sleepwear


  • Walking shoes – comfortable, casual for travel/town wear
  • Hiking boots – supportive, good tread, and waterproof
  • Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Camp shoes, optional
  • Ankle Gaiters, optional

Personal accessories

  • Sport Sunglasses
  • Sunblock and Lip Balm (30 SPF)
  • Bandana
  • Water Bottles (Two 1-Quart) or Hydration System Plus One 1-Quart Water Bottle
  • Travel Towel, quick drying/lightweight, optional
  • Travel Sleep Sheet (silk or microfiber), optional
  • Personal Bathroom Kit: Toilet Paper (TP), Ziplock Bags (separate for Dirty TP/Clean TP), Hand Wipes, Hand
  • Sanitizer (must not leave TP in the wilderness)
  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
  • Blister kit – highly recommended
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking Poles (collapsible), optional but highly recommended
  • Ear plugs/Eye mask, optional
  • Electrical Plug Adapter and Converter
  • Water Purification Drops/Tablets/Filter, optional but recommended to avoid single use plastic
  • Camera and Accessories
  • External battery charger