When you walk the Pieterpad you have the choice to stay in bed and breakfast and hotels, but you can also stay at a lot of campings. I’m choosing for the campings so I am bringing my backpack, tent and so on.
So what am I bringing? You can see the whole gear list at the bottom of this post, thanks to lighterpack.com. I will point out some interesting choices.
When I say that I reasonably hate the rain, I’m probably not alone. There is always the chance that it will rain, especially in The Netherlands, but in July, it will not be cold.Hiking in a rain jacket and pants is no fun. Even when you have a Gore-Tex Pro hardshell jacket like mine, you will still sweat.Even more, I don’t think a hardshell is needed in The Netherlands. So what will I be bringing? It will be a poncho! It is quite light, 295 grams and it goes all the way down to like 30 cm above my shoes, which is pretty good. It will protect me from the rain and because there is more airflow, I hope I will sweat less when wearing it. And the poncho was cheap! 35 euro’s 🙂
Another small thing, I bought an air pillow. Normally I would stuff some clothes in a dry bag and use that as my pillow but some evenings I’ve been struggling with that, so let’s see how the air pillow will be.
This time I am bringing a 1 person tent. There are a couple of reasons for this. The tent is lighter is an important one. When you are hiking alone, it is only neccessary to bring a 2 person tent if you are expecting to stay longer times in your tent because of bad weather or something like that. Another reason is that I move a bit in my sleep. In a 2 person tent it is easily possible to slide of your air mattress which isn’t fun. In a 1 person tent you can’t do this. The one thing I am a bit worried about is changing my clothes in the tent. That won’t be a lot of fun 😉
The base weight of my gear (without food and water) is below 7 kg which was my goal for this time. There is always room to go lighter, but I made some choices for a bit heavier gear because of the comfort level. For example, the backpack. It is light but you can go a lot lighter, but I think the comfort level will be worse so it can take more energy to move around.
So without any further ramblings, this is my gear list for Pieterpad 2018