Here are some ideas and tips about what to pack for your upcoming walking holiday in France
Ideally, we recommend 2 bags per person, 1 large suitcase that will be transported by our taxi service from one place of stay to another and a 2nd small backpack (20-40 litres) in which you will carry what is needed for the day’s walk, including your picnic. We highly recommend trying out your backpack at home before leaving, get used to the weight and the feel as you will have it on you every day of your Provence walking trip and you need it to be as comfy to wear as possible.
Necessary and useful equipment
Walking boots are essential, with good ankle support and soles with good grips. Make sure your boots are worn-in and comfortable before your trip. It is also worth investing in some decent socks too! We also recommend some comfortable trainers/sneakers or sandals for relaxing and for the short walks in the evenings to and from the restaurants. Don’t forget casual clothes too for evenings and free days. Our self-guided Provence walking holidays range in difficulty from easy to challenging. Even though you do not need to be an experienced walker on one of our easy trips, we do recommend walking poles.
The weather can be unpredictable, even in Provence and depending on where you are walking, it can take you by surprise. If you are enjoying a Mont Venoux walking holiday for example, you will feel a chill in the air as you climb up to the summit. A lightweight windbreaker & waterproof jacket that can easily be folded up and kept in your backpack should help shield off a bout of cold weather. For the Provence walking trips in the spring and autumn, we would also recommend a polar fleece and a warm coat and if you are heading up the Ventoux out of season, then a bobble hat and gloves will not go amiss. Hiking trousers that have zip on/off legs are ideal in managing your body temperature. You can begin the day with your legs covered and end the hike in shorts!
Your France walking trip check list
Some of the following items on the list may seem a little obvious, but, as the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Think to bring:
- Water bottle (at least 1.5 liters per person)
- Sun cream
- Bathing suit (some fo your accommodations may have a swimming pool)
- Small torch or head lamp (for walking home from the restaurants in the evening, especially in the small villages)
- Toilet paper
- Wash kit and sewing kit
- Forst aid pack : band-aids, blister kit, disinfectant, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, tweezers, mosquito repellant, personal medication.
- Adaptor/converter plug