Essential for Hiking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are only planning on walking up the trail to Morskie Oko you will be able to get by with tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes. However, if you are going to explore anything beyond that you will need proper hiking boots. Case in point, the Polish couple I met on the way up...She was wearing flats. By the time we got up to Morskie Oko her feet were hurting pretty badly. She had packed another pair of shoes, not much better than the first pair, which she broke out when we went around the lake and up to another lake. I'm just glad I wasn't her husband when she got home that night. Owww!
Miscellaneous: Make sure to pack something to drink as well as snacks. There is one stand a few kilometres up from the parking lot, after that there is nothing until you reach Morskie Oko.
Sleeping in schronisko
Luggage and bags: A suitcase in the mountains is obviously no go. If you are planning to stay in hostels you'll need a comfortable backpack to accommodate your stuff. Not too big though, remember that you'll have to carry it, and its content on your own back. I had a 55litre backpack and a small, 30-litre one to take on day trips. My backpack weighed almost 15 kilos in the beginning and about 3 kilos less at the end (minus food supplies)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer only:
Shoes: good, comfortable, ankle-length walking shoes with a hard sole is a must! but remember to take some flip flops as well, to let your feet rest in schronisko
Clothes: a raincoat is a must! (though hopefully you will not need it) Remember to bring some clothes for both warm and cold weather. Taking a warm (woolen) hat and a pair of gloves is not a bad idea. Besides, gloves are useful when using chains in the upper parts of Tatry. And take a few pairs of socks, there are some special ones for climbing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take only those cosmetics that you really need and take them in small bottles/containers. For example, you can do without separate day, night and eye cream. Take one. Or take small sachets. Shampoo can serve as a shower gel. Don't forget a sun blocker!
First aid kit: all the medicine you take regularly, Band Aid, an Antiseptic, a bandage, some ointment to apply on bruises or painful muscles, aspirin, some minerals and vitamins are recommended
Photo Equipment: Yes. You may have a problem to recharge batteries.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A map! Besides, sunglasses, a light hat or a cap to protect you from sun. A walking stick is useful and a torch may come in handy both on the trail when it's getting dark or in a hostel when you need to find something at night without waking everybody else in the room. And all sorts of climbing gadgets you will find in a sports shop on condition you are willing to carry them all the way.
Miscellaneous: Sweets for energy and dry food supples if you you are staying longer and don't want to overspend in the hostel. Take a big metal mug. In most hostels hot (just boiled) water is free or incredibly cheap, but you have to have your own container. You can save money if you take your own tea, coffee, sugar, etc. E.g. In Dolina Pięciu Stawów hot water was free, a tea was 3 zlotys and you had to pay 0.5 zloty for a teaspoonful of sugar.
Luggage and bags: A small bag pack would do...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear some clothes suitable for hiking; Comfy walking shoes, a light jacket because it's chilly, a small bag pack for some necessities along the way.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera ! This is a must !
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is not allowed in the area but there are 8 PTTK mountain refugees which would provide simple accomodations.
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