Bornholm Hiking Guide – Tips for clothing and equipment

Here are hiking guru Gitte Holtze’s tips for good clothing and equipment for hiking.

Gitte Holtze

Hiker and outdoor freak as well as journalist, lecturer and author of "jeg lever" about Gitte's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and "Gå langt", a guidebook to long hikes.

Good footwear is the most important

Shoes or boots you can walk in are the most important piece of kit on a hike.

Some hikes can be done in regular shoes, but many of the trails and routes on Bornholm have muddy, uneven and/or hilly ground, which requires proper hiking shoes or boots with good soles and possibly waterproof material, depending on the season.

Clothes make the hiker

Always dress for the weather. And always bring a rain jacket – the weather can change suddenly and even if you don’t need it in the rain, it can be useful to have in strong winds.

Many of the routes you can walk in normal everyday clothes, but for longer hikes in particular, we recommend following the layering method, so you can pull clothing on and off according to the weather.

Layering means a thin top on the inside, followed by a mid-layer such as a fleece, and a waterproof and windproof layer on the outside. If it’s very cold, add extra layers – do the opposite in warm weather.

Avoid cotton clothes – they absorb moisture and get wet when you sweat, which can make you cold when you’re standing still. Wool clothes are moisture-wicking and also warm when wet, so these are good option. On your legs, hiking tights or trousers are the best option, while jeans are a no-go – like cotton, they can’t absorb moisture and will make you cold.

Dedicated wool or synthetic hiking socks help reduce the risk of blisters caused by sweaty feet – again, cotton is your worst enemy.

Bring a small backpack with water – about 1 litre per 10 kilometres is the rule of thumb – and snacks and a packed lunch if you like.



Packing list for hikes with possible overnight stays:

  • Backpack
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Hiking trousers/tights
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  • Short- or long-sleeved thin wool or synthetic T-shirt
  • Mid-layer, such as a fleece
  • Rainwear
  • A change of clothes/clothes to sleep in – such as a long-sleeved woollen jumper + long woollen underpants
  • Buff/neck warmer
  • Hat and gloves, depending on the season
  • Extra hiking sock
  • Extra underwear
  • Change of shoes if necessary – such as Crocs or sandals
  • Headlamp
  • Phone and powerbank
  • Cooking utensils – Trangia stove, Jetboil or burner + pot
  • Bottles for water
  • Cup, plate and cutlery (if you want to cook in the outdoors)
  • Pocket knife
  • Gaffer tape
  • Safety pins + possibly sewing needle and thread
  • Sunglasses
  • Seat cushion, if necessary
  • Dry bags for clothes, electronics, food, etc.
  • Rain cover for backpack (or large drybag to keep inside the backpack)
  • Hiking poles if required
  • Earplugs if required
  • Bug spray and net/hat if required
  • Bin bags for toilet paper, etc.

Toiletries: toothbrush + toothpaste, sunscreen, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, medication and other personal hygiene.

First aid: Plasters and blister plasters, sports tape, painkillers, gauze bandages.

If you want to spend the night in the outdoors, you will also need to bring:

A tent (please note that you can only pitch a tent in designated tent areas)
Sleeping bag
Roll mat

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