Things you should bring on your hike!
Below is a list of supplies that I feel are essential for the hike. It is recommended that each person should prepare the following for the hike up Fuji-san
1. backpack to carry your gear
2. 2 liters of Water
3. some food. We will hiking a long time with few places to buy food. I recommend dried fruits or nuts. Things like that will give a hiker a lot of energy. A few snickers bars are not a bad idea either. They satisfy!
4. head lamp or flash light (we will be hiking in the dark and you can rely on the light from other people). I recommend the use of a head lamp because it frees up your hands.
5. extra batteries for your flash light (we will hiking on Fuji for a long time in the dark) Maybe 2 or 3 sets of batteries.
6. winter hat and winter glovers (it will be pretty cold on top of the mountain (I have read the temperature is around 0 to 3C). Gloves are recommended both against the coldness and for hiking the steep, rocky passages
7. long pants
8. jacket, remember it will be cold up there and we might be waiting at the top for an hour or so to see the sunrise. Bring proper protection against low temperatures and strong winds. It can be below zero at the summit, and strong winds often make it seem even colder.
9. goggles or some eye protection. I was told it is windy and dusty on the mountain.
10. rain jacket. Mountain weather is unpredictable to say the least and can rapidly change.
11. good shoes. The rocky, steep terrain in some sections and the potential of sudden, strong wind gusts are reasons to bring proper hiking shoes which protect your ankles.
12. socks Please avoid wearing cotton socks. Instead, use nylon socks and hiking socks. Wear a thin pair of nylon socks under a thick pair of hiking socks. The nylon takes the sweat off your skin and will also fit snug to your feet and stop the outer layer rubbing directly on your skin, hopefully saving you from blisters. Consider taking an extra pare of socks for the decent. Merlino wool or Smartwool seem to be pretty good choices for hiking socks.
13. minor medical supplies (band-aids, moldskin, ibuprofine , ect)
14. sunglasses and sunscreen
15. toilet paper
16. Money, as the toilets are pay-per-use
17. plastics bags to carry garbage and keep off the damp
18. Camera (optional)
19. walking stick/hiking poles (optional)
20. Hokkaido heat packs (optional)