The right hiking equipment
Mountain or trekking boots
The most important thing when hiking in the fascinating Allgäu mountains is sensible footwear, i.e. footwear suitable for the environment. They should have a non-slip sole, a good tread and a high-cut shaft to prevent typical hiking accidents caused by slipping or twisting an ankle. Mountain boots are ideal for easy hikes, while proper trekking shoes are more suitable for ambitious tours. When buying your hiking boots, look for decent quality and feel free to buy them half a size larger, as the foot will then be better supported when going downhill.
The right socks ensure a comfortable foot climate, which is especially important for frequent and longer hikes. Cotton socks store moisture without releasing it, so your feet stay moist and cool. Socks made of terrycloth, on the other hand, ensure dry feet in combination with a high-quality shoe. Another advantage of trekking socks is the padding at the pressure points, which relieves the foot.
From mountain jackets to underwear - if you are often out and about in the mountains, you should also make sure you have suitable hiking clothing. An ideal jacket for hiking in the mountains is characterised by high breathability and good wind and weather resistance. This is why mountain jackets are usually made of materials such as Gore-Tex or microfibre, as these have the best properties. For trousers, long trousers are recommended, as the weather can change quickly in the mountains. Windstoppers and fleece pullovers are also never wrong because they can be used universally and keep you nice and warm. On longer mountain tours, functional underwear contributes to your well-being because it is pleasantly light and has sweat-wicking properties. Gloves and hats are a must, especially in autumn and winter - it can quickly get very cold in the mountains.
Tip: Dress according to the onion principle, so you always remain flexible and sweat can be transported well.
A rucksack is a must for every long hiking tour. It should not be too big and heavy - 35 litres is ideal - and preferably have back ventilation to prevent excessive sweating. It is also important to have sensible padding on the straps and hip belt.
Also an absolute must for longer tours in the mountains. UV radiation is much higher in the mountains than in the lowlands. When buying sunglasses, look for 100% UV protection/IR protection and shatterproof lenses.
Just as important as sunglasses, otherwise you can quickly get sunstroke or heat stroke.
Telescopic poles are recommended and beneficial because they take the strain off your knee, hip and ankle joints and give you stability when hiking. Especially on ascents and descents, they can be a valuable aid thanks to their adjustable length.
Tip: Many items of equipment, such as telescopic poles and hiking boots, can often be hired inexpensively from local suppliers.
Food and drink
Some food and drink always belongs in a hiking rucksack, even on shorter tours. Be sure to take drinks with you, preferably unsweetened juices or, of course, mineral water. Sufficient hydration will keep you fit longer and prevent leg cramps. Muesli bars and fruit are recommended to provide you with quick energy when you get hungry.