The ultimate packing list for the GR20 in Corsica
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THE ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR THE GR20 IN CORSICA

Packing for a long-distance hike is always challenging. You need to bring all the essentials with you, and at the same time, keep the pack weight low. The painful truth is that if you pack too much stuff, your knees will suffer, and you will most likely struggle on the technical parts. Corsica’s GR20 is no joke! This is a 180 km long hike with a total elevation change of 28 000 m, so every kilogram matters. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you the ultimate packing list for the GR20 in Corsica, perfect for late June, and early July. Let’s go!

FOOD & WATER

I didn’t take too much food on the GR20 because I was definitely not ready to carry it all for 14 days. My plan was to eat in the refuges every day and restock on the go in local shops. With that being said, I was sitting at 11,5 kg with three dehydrated meals, six protein bars, and no water included. I treated those three dehydrated meals as my emergency food in case of late arrival to a hut. Unfortunately, there is no chance to get a hot meal in the refuges if you show up after 6:00 pm as you need to sign up and pay for it prior to that time. Water was clearly an extra 1,5 – 3 kg. Most days required me to start walking with one full bottle of water. I rarely took two. For more information about water sources on the track, go to a separate post.

ITEMCOMMENTS
6 protein barssnack
3 dehydrated mealsemergency food
3 electrolyte sachetsrehydration
2 plastic water bottleseach bottle of 1,5L
50 Micropur Forte tabletsfor water treatment

HIKING & CAMPING GEAR

This time I didn’t choose the lightest option, but the cheapest one, which is sleeping in my own tent. If I were you, I would definitely take a 3-season, ultra light, freestanding tent on the GR20 plus a –5°C rated sleeping bag. At the beginning of the walk, I thought that my sleeping bag was a little too warm for summer in Corsica, but once I reached the north part of the island, it turned out nights can be very cold, even in June. It’s worth saying that all refuges have camping kitchens with stoves, pots and gas, so there is no need to carry cooking utensils with you, even if you want to prepare your own meals. Just don’t forget to bring a lighter as it’s never provided. For more details about accommodation on the track, go to a separate post.

ITEMCOMMENTS
1 hiking backpackcapacity of 70L
1 day bagcapacity of 10L
1 rain coverfor the bag of 70L
1 MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent1,68kg fully pitched
1 Kathmandu Ikarus sleeping bag1,27kg pack weight
1 Mountain Design sleeping mat0,8kg pack weight
1 Garmin inReach Mini 2 in case of emergency
1 paper itineraryprepared by myself
1 hiking headlampnone
1 lighternone
1 metal cupnone
1 cutlery setknife, fork, spoon
4 zip lock bagsfood storage
1 sewing kitneedle, threads
1 pair of ear plugsbedtime

CLOTHES

My intention was to have two summer hiking outfits with me and one warm set of clothes, both rainproof and windproof, so that I could wear it in case the weather turns awful. I also took one set of clothes dedicated solely for bedtime, which I would wear in the evenings at the refuges. A set of comfy clothes to get changed for the night is something I just can’t say no to on multi-day hikes. In addition to that, I obviously took a pair of sturdy shoes to get me through the rough terrain. It’s worth saying that all refuges have bathrooms and external sinks, so you can easily do your laundry, even daily. In summertime, laundry gets dry overnight, no issue with that, so it is fair to say that the below list could have been even shorter.

ITEMCOMMENTS
1 rainproof jacketwith gore-tex
1 pair of AKU Camana Fitzroy GTX shoesmade of suede leather
1 pair of leggingslong pants
2 pairs of biker shortsshort pants
2 sleeveless shirtsnone
1 thermoactive long sleeve none
1 warm hoodiebedtime
2 sport brasnone
3 sets of underwearpanties, socks
1 headbandsun protection
1 pair of sunglassesnone
1 swimming suitnone
1 pair of flip flopsnone

TOILETRIES & FIRST AID

It’s time to talk about refuges on the GR20. Some of them have nice, tiled bathrooms with warm water and a decent loo, others have a wooden restroom with an ice-cold shower and a squat toilet. Something to remember – make sure to bring toilet paper with you, as it’s never provided at the huts. There were three things I ran out of during the hike, my shampoo, sunscreen, and of course, toilet paper. Fortunately enough, some refuges sell toiletries, so you can buy them there, or on the occasion of walking through a town. Interestingly enough, swimming in rivers and waterfalls is allowed on the GR20, so it’s well-worth doing it on a hot, steamy day. For more information about each refuge on the track, go to a separate post.

ITEMCOMMENTS
1 roll of toilet papernone
1 sunscreen lotionmedium size
1 sunscreen lip balmsmall size
1 hydrating face creammedium size
1 eco-friendly soapsmall size
1 shampoosmall size
1 tooth pastesmall size
1 tooth brushnone
1 small combnone
1 razornone
1 small towelnone
2 tamponsnone
20 tablets of Panadolpainkiller
1 Voltaren ointmentpainkiller
1 Octenisept sprayantiseptics
1 elastic bandagein case of injury
20 waterproof plastersin case of injury
20 Magne B6 Forte tabletssupplementation
20 Vitamin C 1000 mg tabletssupplementation
20 probiotic tabletsprophylaxis

ELECTRONICS

If you are not a travel blogger or content creator, you can probably skip this part. As I do this professionally, I always take heaps of electronic gear with me to document my adventures. The GR20 was no different! I need to admit though, that this time I took too many batteries with me. I had literally no idea that charging is possible in the huts. Obviously, finding a free socket is never easy, and sometimes you do need to pay extra for it (1€ or 2€), but as a general rule, the refuges allow people to plug in. That’s the reason why I would definitely ditch one or even two power banks, if I knew this before hitting the trail. Besides that, my other electronic gear was used every day, so feel free to check my Instagram or Tik Tok to see the footage.

ITEMCOMMENTS
1 Samsung S20+main phone
1 Samsung S10+back-up phone
1 Insta360 ONE x2360 camera
1 DJI Mini 3 Prodrone
3 drone batteriesnone
1 gorilla tripodnone
3 power banksnone
4 charging cordsnone
2 chargersnone
1 pair of headphonesnone

SUMMARY

Honestly speaking, I’m quite happy with the choices I made packing for the GR20. Apart from toilet paper, and two cosmetics that I ran out of before finishing the hike, nothing else was missing in my bag. I definitely took too many batteries with me, and I do regret taking them, because it significantly increased my base weight. Another thing I didn’t use enough to consider it necessary, is the metal cup. Totally useless for me, so it should have stayed home. Lastly, if I knew that laundry could be easily done at each refuge every day, I would probably pack less clothes. Besides the things listed above, I also had documents and cash on me. Credit cards are not accepted at the huts, so be sure to have enough money with you to complete the hike.

This is the ultimate packing list for the GR20 in Corsica. When are you planning to do this hike? Let me know by leaving a comment below!


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