If you are going on a longer mountain trek, it is a good idea to prepare your pack in advance – at least on paper. You do not need to bring a lot with you, but think about how you are going to use each item. As the departure day approaches, you will need to inspect your equipment and test your stove, pitch your tent to make sure it is in good condition and take a practice run at packing your backpack.
Here is a list of what we usually pack when we go on a longer trek. This list is made for approximately a five-day mountain trek in the summer, and is appropriate for Fjällräven Classic. A good size for a backpack would be between 65 and 75 litres if there are two of you sharing the tent and stove equipment.
Clothes to wear
You should be wearing a base layer (top and bottom), one pair of trekking trousers (preferably with detachable legs, i.e. zip-off trousers), socks and boots. If the weather is cold but clear, put on a warm fleece. If it is windy, put on your rain/shell jacket. If it is both cold and windy/rainy, put on both your warm fleece and your rain suit.
• A sleeping bag that can handle temperatures down to –5°C (protected from moisture in a waterproof bag)
• Ground pad (with repair tape if inflatable)
• A two-person tent (you and a friend split the tent and stove)
Food and drink
• Camping stove, pans and fuel (if you are going on Fjällräven Classic we recommend gas, since you can fill up on fuel at the checkpoints)
• Cup, cutlery
• Plate, cutting board, whisk, dish detergent, washing sponge (not necessary if you are only bringing freeze dried food)
• 1-2 light water bottles, 0.5 litres (should be able to withstand boiling water)
• Enough food for the length of the trek
• Snacks for extra energy, coffee/tea
• Toiletry bag with the necessities (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
• Toilet paper packed in a plastic bag
• Small towel
Orientation and safety
• Map and compass
• First aid, including blister tape and plasters
• Small LED headlamp with new batteries
Clothes to pack
• 1 base layer top
• 3 pair socks
• 1-2 pair base layer bottoms
• Sandals or athletic shoes (for evenings)
• Rain/shell jacket with hood and rain trousers (in wind and waterproof fabric that releases body moisture, for example Hydratic or Eco-Shell)
• Warm fleece or a reinforcement garment with down or synthetic padding (if you know that you get cold easily you should bring an additional warm garment)
• Gloves and a hat (without tassels, that you can sleep in)
• Rain cover for the backpack
• Sheath knife/multi tool/Swiss army knife with scissors
• Sunscreen and mini-pharmacy (special medicine, pain relievers, charcoal tablets, skin lotion, etc.)
• Repair equipment: duct tape, seam sealer, steel wire, needle and thread, nylon rope, etc.