“Forgetting your sleeping bag is not such a bad thing. Most huts will rent you one for a small fee.”
— Arthur | LOWA Manager Service Department
Preparation for the activity Meticulous packing
You should plan the packing of your rucksack just like you would plan any hiking tour. That applies in particular to tours lasting several days and involving overnight stays in one or more huts. In this regard there is some basic kit that you should always have with you.
This is a must for overnighting in a hut. In contrast to a normal sleeping bag, it is considerably thinner and lighter. Its primary purpose is that of hygiene and not keeping you warm. Various layers help you achieve the snug warmth you require: Climb into your hut liner, cover yourself with hut dormitory blankets and there you go!
Wet, dirty or simply bad-smelling hiking boots should not be worn inside a hut. So, take them off, put them to dry or air in the appropriate room or space in the hut, and slip into the thick socks or slippers that you have brought with you.
Huts are not hotels and generally only accept cash. Depending on how long your tour is, you should definitely bring enough cash with you.
Your rubbish remains your responsibility – no matter where you are. So, take rubbish bags with you and carry your own rubbish back down into the valley.
Ear plugs and head lamp
You encounter a wide range of people in a hut dormitory – snorers, early risers and people who get up frequently during the night. In order not to be woken by the snorers, ear plugs are recommended. If you are in one of the other two categories, a head lamp is a good idea, because tripping over rucksacks or other people during the night does not go down too well.