The following instructions apply to most of our hiking trips in the Alps such as Best of the Swiss Alps and Exploring the Jungfrau. For more strenuous trips like the Haute Route and the Tour du Mont Blanc you'll want to refer to the Trekking Packing List. You'll also find informative videos addressing these topics on our Haute Route Essentials page. For our easier trips like sightseeing, rail, and food & wine tours, please refer to our Alps Travel Packing List. If you are going on a snowshoeing tour, you can find our Winter Hiking packing list here.
While we always recommend that you travel light, keep in mind that almost all of our hikes and treks are supported with luggage transfers, allowing you to bring a suitcase that will be waiting for you at our hotel most nights. The exception being at the Berghotel Obersteinberg on our Exploring the Jungfrau tour. Most days you'll be able to travel light, carrying just a daypack with snacks, camera, water, and a light jacket or fleece. Even on the nights when we stay in a mountain hut, all of our food and bedding is provided at the hut, but you may want to carry a change of clothes and personal toiletries. Most people choose to check a suitcase for the transatlantic flight and use their small backpack as a carry-on piece.
At the end of each day we go out to dinner either at the hotel restaurant or at a nice restaurant nearby. While it's always casual, you'll probably want to clean up and put on something other than the clothes and shoes you've been hiking in all day. A pair slacks, khakis, or even jeans may be your choice, along with a comfortable pair of shoes or even sandals. While we make some specific recommendations below, your own personal preference, experience, and comfort-what works best for you-is ultimately the most important factor in deciding what to bring.