After you've covered your body with clothing from top to bottom, there's still something missing:
- Good shoes
- The right backpack
- The right hiking sticks
Shoes are in principle the most important part of the equipment. If you do not feel comfortable in them, you will not get very far. So make sure you have good grip (protection against slipping), that your ankles are protected, that they are breathable, and that your feet will not get wet. You should also have some freedom of movement in the shoe but should not slip back and forth too much.
The best accessory for a longer hike and the best way to take things on walks (food, drink, maps, camera, rain cover, ...). Actually a must. It would be ideal if the backpack has a hip and shoulder strap, because then the weight is better distributed on your back and hips. Sufficiently large backpacks will save you stress when packing. Approximately 45 litres capacity is sufficient.
Walking with sticks not only provides some protection against falls, but also relieves the joints. Be careful when it comes to your arm and shoulder muscles - be sure to loosen the joints and muscles in your arm. Nordic walking poles are only partially suitable for hiking, since they are made of very light materials and are therefore not unbreakable. Telescopic poles, which you can easily take out if you need them for certain terrain, are optimal; constantly walking with sticks is not exactly conducive to your sense of balance.