Your backpack is the most important element of the walk‘s equipment, as you will be using it during the entirety of the walk. Choose a comfortable, sturdy travel backpack which does not rub or press on your back and is moisture-resistant or fitted with a protective cover. We recommend trying your backpack out at least a couple of times prior to the walk, so that you get familiar with its capacity and find ways to use it to your advantage. You will also be able to make sure that you need all the belongings that you can fit in it. Depending on which route you are set on conquering, you should have a backpack with a capacity of 20 to 45 litres.
The contents of your backpack will mainly consist of:
- a spare pair of socks and a set of outdoor clothing, which must be kept dry;
- snacks and additional food;
- a flask, a thermo-flask, a hydration pack or a bottle with 1-1,5 litres of water in it, which must be easily accessible;
- a flashlight, a phone battery;
- personal medications, supplements, glucose, etc.
Our friends from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ suggest choosing backpacks from the leading European brand DEUTER – they have been tested out personally on a variety of hikes and expeditions. We have some specific suggestions for you – you can purchase the backpacks online, but we recommend visiting ‘LUKLA‘ in order to try them on with special weights from DEUTER if you are set on finding a backpack which suits you and your individual needs best. If your chosen backpack is currently out of stock, you can have it delivered from the warehouse straight to the starting line – you can order the backpack from ‘LUKLA‘ no later than on 27 April.
Participants of the Coastline Walk’17 will receive a 25% discount on DEUTER backpacks and accessories, as well as rain covers. You can find out how to claim your discount here.
You can find a variety of travel backpacks here.
You can find a variety of city backpacks here.
If your back is prone to sweating or you are often hiking in hot weather, your best choice is a backpack from the Deuter Futura/Futura Pro series – it includes a mesh back support system.
If you are looking for a flat-back backpack which you are going to use for a couple of days, take a look at the Deuter Act Trail/Trail Pro series.
If you are in need of a lightweight backpack that can comfortably support a weight of 15-20 kilograms, we recommend choosing one of the Deuter Act Lite models.
The majority of larger backpacks have integrated rain covers – however, if your backpack does not have one, we recommend using an additional backpack cover.
You can also use waterproof bags, such as SealLine Blocker Dry or Lifeventure Dristore, in order to protect your belongings – if you store your belongings in one of these bags and put the bag in your backpack, it will float on water and your belongings will stay dry. A SealLine bag with a capacity of 20 litres weighs only 86 grams.