– SLEEPING BAG LINER – Mountain huts normally come equipped with duvets and pillows which by no means can be washed every day. It is therefore mandatory to sleep inside your own sleeping bag liner in order to keep the sheets clean for the next hiker. We recommend silk liners due to the fact that they are compact and lightweight.
– QUICK DRYING TOWEL – Most huts are provided with running water and have showers (for an additional fee). You’ll want a quick drying medium size microfibre towel for your convenience. You don’t want to put something wet in your backpack!
– PERSONAL TOILETRY – Toothbrush, toothpaste and shower gel. Wet wipes are handy if you decide to skip the shower. Remember however, the more you bring the heavier your backpack!
– SLIPPERS – Slippers used to be provided in all mountain huts, but with the threat of covid-19, hikers are now required to bring their own. If you’re planning on taking a shower opt we recommend plastic ones.
– CASH – Cash is king! Not all mountain huts have credit/debit card payment systems and even when they do, it doesn’t mean they’ll get a good signal to make them work. Always bring enough cash to cover all expenses.
– HEADLAMP – Most mountain huts have electricity (provided by solar panels or generators). Having a headlamp is both useful and courteous. Especially at night if you need to move about or if you arrive and someone is already sleeping in the dorm.
– EAR PLUGS – Although some mountain huts offer private accommodation, rooms are normally arranged as mixed dorms with bunk beds. Sometimes you can hear noise through the walls. Also expect the possibility of sharing a room with a person who might snore as well as the person next door!
– CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHES FOR THE HUT – You’ll want a clean shirt, clean underwear, warm socks and a pair of comfortable trousers to change into once you arrive that you can use also as pajamas.
– SPARE BATTERIES/POWER BANK – Charging stations, normally located in common areas will be limited. Depending on the number of guests, there may be a cue of people waiting to use them to charge their devices. To avoid fighting for them and saving time, bringing spare batteries for you and/or a power bank is definitely a good idea!
– ALPINE CLUB MEMBERSHIP CARD – No matter which country you’re from, if you’re registered by any international Alpine Club, bring your Membership Card with you as that may grant you special discounts on accomodation and food prices.
Last but not least, bring with you plenty of…
– COMMON SENSE! – According to the Mountain Huts General Regulations, people visiting or staying in a hut shall, at all times, behave as considerate guests. They should do whatever is in their power to avoid disturbing others (for example silence must be observed from 10 p.m. to 6.a.m. unless otherwise specified and playing music is not allowed) nor should they be asking for more than what the hut, its manager or its caretaker can offer. It is also the guest responsibility to keep the hut and its surroundings clean (for instance hiking boots should be removed before entering the sleeping areas and your trash removed with you when you leave) and not to waste any water. Furthermore, in all mountain huts, smoking is not permitted and animals are not allowed.