Five days on a trail – a packing list

2017 / August / 04 / Adventures and Expeditions /

Fjällräven Classic 2017 here I come! I’m so excited. It’s only a few more days until I leave for Sweden trek the 110 km from Nikkaluokta to Abisko, partly following the Kungsleden (The King’s Trail). As part of the “Women On The Trail” trip of Fjällräven and Hanwag I’ll be joining a group of 15 women from all over the world doing the Fjällräven Classic in Sweden for the very first time. For me it’s actually the first multi-day tour staying in a tent and not in the traditional huts we have in the alps.

Based on the experiences of my colleagues from Fjällräven we’ve created a packing list for the Fjällräven Classic which can easily be adapted for any other multi-day trek with staying in a tent.

Here’s the check-list:

  • Passport and travel documents
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Trekking socks (2 thicker and 2 lighter pairs)
  • Trekking shoes
  • A change of lightweight shoes or flip flops / sandals to give your feet a break
  • Extra shirt, tights or shorts and socks to sleep in
  • Baselayer top and bottom – wool or synthetic
  • Underwear in a wool or synthetic material
  • Toiletry & personal equipment
  • Small trekking / microfiber towel
  • Bio-degradable outdoor-soap
  • Rain gear (jacket & trousers)
  • Trekking trousers (1 short and 1 long or 1 zip-off)
  • Trekking top (2 pcs)
  • Lightweight insulation jacket or vest
  • Fleece
  • Hat or cap
  • Beanie and neckwarmer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking backpack (approx. 65 liters volume)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Stove with a deep pan (good or boiling water for the freeze-dried meals) and fuel
  • Mealkit and waterbottle
  • Some extra snacks that keep you in a good mood
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kid (plus elastic bandage, blister pads, compresses and tape)
  • Map and magnetic compass
  • Matches and/or lighter
  • Small knife with scissors or a multi-tool
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag with some matches (you should burn your used toilet paper rather than leaving it in the ground)
  • Zip-lock bags

I’ve gathered most of the stuff now after hitting Globetrotter multiple times. My Hanwag TATRA LADY GTX® are broken in after hiking Zugspitze via Reintal last weekend and I feel fit and well prepared. Let’s see how it goes. I’m excited to see the Swedish landscape, trek with a tent all those days, eat, sleep and live completely in nature and find new friends.

Cross your fingers for me. I’ll give you an update on my experiences soon after the trip.