Are you here because you need to know what to pack for the Wicklow Way? Having spent almost three weeks wild camping in the mountains and hiking the Wicklow Way, I can honestly say this was one of the most memorable outdoor adventures I have taken anywhere in the world. At the same time, I was to learn a lot about my Wicklow Way Packing List in the process.
While Glendalough was touristy and there were many day hikers on weekends, this was also a rather remote trek with very few long distance hikers for the most part. That being said, you did not come here for a rundown on what I think about this popular trail, but rather you are most likely here for a Wicklow Way packing list.
The Ultimate Wicklow Way Packing List
However, before we get to the outdoor gear itself, let me just make some general points which I feel are important for people to know before hiking the Wicklow Way:
Layering Up – The weather on the Wicklow Way can change in a second and for this reason, you need to be prepared for cold or wet weather on a hike. While it may seem like a sensible idea to take the warmest, waterproof jacket with you – the better option is to layer up. Essentially, if you have both lightweight gear and several layers for underneath, this will enable you to regulate your temperature and provide you with the best of both worlds.
Avoid Cotton – When the weather is hot, cotton can be the main cause of chaffing. When the weather is wet, cotton is notoriously difficult to dry. When you are cold, wet, and wearing cotton, you are a walking recipe for hypothermia. Instead, choose a material which dries quickly and keeps the moisture off your skin. Think spandex, merino wool, silk, polyester, and nylon.
Keeping Clothing Dry – It always brings me the confidence to know that there is something warm and dry to wear later that night. Although this is most especially the case after hiking all day in the rain, I want to point this one out because there is also a temptation you need to resist. If you wake up to the sound of rain in the morning, resist the temptation to stay in those warm clothes. Pack them up, put on the wet gear and suck it up. You need this warm and dry gear to sleep in again that same night.
With that said, here is a comprehensive packing list for the Wicklow Way and a quick rundown of the best outdoor gear to pick up for the adventure:
The Big Gear
The Backpack | Osprey Exos 38/48/58
Tent | Vango Banshee 200 or MSR Hubba Hubba
Sleeping Bag | North Face Blue Kazoo
Therma-Rest/Mattress | Z-Lite Sleeping Pad
Trekking Poles | Black Diamond Trail Back Poles
Sunglasses | Any
Jacket| Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
Rain jacket | Outdoor Research Hellium II
Shirt | Thermal Shirt & Quick Dry Moisture Wicking Shirt
Thermal Leggings |
Waterproof Trousers |
Hat | Sunhat & Rainhat
Shoes | Columbia Outdry
Hiking Socks | Darn Tough Hiking Socks
Underwear | ExOfficio Boxer or Similar
The Small Stuff
Headlamp | Petzl Actik Core
Water Treatment | Sawyer Squeeze
Water Bottle | Platypus x 2
Camping Knife | Petzl Spatha Knife
Raincover | Osprey Pack Cover
Dry Bags | Sea to Summit (9L or 15L)
Stove | BRS Stove
Utensil | Titanium Spork by Snow Peak
Pot | Titanium Pot
Lighter | Any
Matches | Any
Spare Storage | Ziploc Bags
Phone | iPhone or Samsung
Powerbank | Anker 20,000 AMP or TP-Link 20k
Headphones | Any
Charger/converter/adapter | Any
Cords | USB Cable
Emergency Foil Blanket
First Aid Kit
Small Notebook and Pen
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Baby Wipes or Hand Sanitizer
Second Skin / Blister Cushions
Map of the Wicklow Way
Food & Water
2 Days worth of food including snacks and meals
2 – 3 Litres of water
Please know that there are many sources of water along the trail but there are also times when you might not come across one when needed. In this regard, you should have at least two or three liters of water at all times. Similarly, there will not always be somewhere to stock up en-route so veer on the side of caution by having at least two days worth of food in your backpack.
Click here for more information on what food to take while hiking the Wicklow Way.
More in-Depth View of a packing list for the Wicklow Way
The Backpack – Osprey Exos 28
While I do wholeheartedly recommend that you jump over and pick one of these up, it must be said that even an old shabby backpack will get you through hiking the Wicklow Way. However, until I purchased my Osprey Exos 58 for the first time, I had absolutely no idea how much this bag would change the actual experience of trekking. Find out more
Your Shelter – MSR Hubba Hubba
I would suggest the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 but I have yet to sleep in one. For this reason, MSR Hubba Hubba is the most reliable and best tent for hiking the Wicklow Way. It is lightweight, well designed and pretty easy on the eye. If forking out for this one is not an option, Vango Banshee is an affordable shelter to see you through. Find out more
Sleeping Bag – North Face Blue Kazoo
Initially, I wanted a Revelation Quilt for my next long distance hike but I was glad to have settled on the North Face Blue Kazoo. It was so much warmer than expected on the cold nights but I especially like the fit of this bag and how the mummy hood can wrap the entire way around your face. One of my favorite investments to date. Find out more
Therma-rest Mattress – Z Iite Mattress
Make no mistake, the way this mattress radiates heat back up toward the body is genius. At the same time, it is obviously extremely light too but given how I was entirely exhausted from inflating/deflating thermarests, I was just happy to have this simple piece of outdoor gear which performed equally as good. Find out more
Jacket – Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
You might have noticed, for more than five years I have been wearing the same North Face Soft Shell. This is a very decent jacket but not warm enough and not the most practical for a Wicklow Way packing list. On the contrary, the Ghost Whisperer (My dream jacket) is an ultralightweight down jacket which is considered the best by long-distance hikers for a very good reason. Find out more
Raincoat – Outdoor Research Helium II
Most down jackets are not enough when the rain comes and having a light rain jacket is always a great option to save you from overheating or sweating. Small and compact, these can be squeezed into a small nook on the bag and accessed at any time. Outdoor Research produces the best one I have come across anywhere online.
Hiking Socks – Bloody Tough Hiking Socks
At one time, I was using hiking socks of any kind, sometimes bought in Penneys or even Dunnes Stores. However, this is just a little bit ridiculous to include on a packing list of the Wicklow Way, given the amount of time you spend on these feet and the incredible difference a good pair of hiking socks can make.
Trail Hiking Shoes – Altra Lone Peak
For me, hiking boots are a thing of the past and this is certainly true when the elements do not require this much protection. Trail/Hiking hybrids are now available and Altra have blown my mind. They are light and super comfortable, but they also have an especially wide toe area which means that blisters do not rub while you walk. Trust me, game changer.
Headlamp – Petzl Actik Core
When you finally invest in your first decent headlamp, you wonder why it took so long. That is to say, the quality or capability of headlamps can seem rather redundant – after all, it is just a light, right? Wrong, the Petzl Actik Core is your best friend a night and aside from the incredible lumens on this one, it also has a rechargeable battery in case you ever run out of power.
Water Filtration – Sawyer Squeeze
You may not have heard about this one but I feel this is because the market for water filtration is pretty poor on this side of the pond. For example, for any of the most popular hiking trails in America, Sawyer Squeeze is the most common filtration tool you will find. Small and efficient. Easy.
Cooking – BRS Stove
Again, another excellent model from the states which is absolutely tiny and works just fine. If you are trying to keep the weight down on your Wicklow Way packing list, the BRS stove will do nicely.
At the same time, it must be said that there is always the option to go stoveless while hiking the Wicklow Way. In which case, you won’t need to carry this, or a pot, or fuel…..
Titanium Pot – TOAKS
Having lugged around a massive pot for many years, I decided to invest in a lightweight titanium pot for my hike along the East Coast Trail a few years ago. Not only are these incredibly light but due to the material, it takes a lot less time to boil water and cook meals.
Incredibly useful and in spite of it seeming unnecessary, this is an item you will be used as much as any other. While the item is so small that weight may not even come into mind, the length is very useful for digging into such things as dried food bags or jars of peanut butter.
TP Link Powerbank – 15600 AMPH
Probably the wisest decision of mine was to pick up a 15600AMP Powerbank. AMP refers to the amperes (amount of power) which the powerbank can provide and in this case, 15k is enough to charge an iPhone up to five times.
Please know that this packing list for the Wicklow Way is merely a guide and not gospel. You will find many products, brands, and outdoor gear which can serve the same purpose.
However, what you see above is the outdoor gear that I have come to appreciate the most and the next time I consider a Wicklow Way packing list, these items will most certainly be on there.
Is there any outdoor gear that you recommend? Anything missing from the list above? Please leave a comment below and let me know.
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