Ultimate packing list
Day hike and camping
Freecamping by Djupvatnet, north of Geiranger, Norway
To start hiking and camping might seem confusing and difficult. And we would say, in the beginning it is! You need a lot of equipment that you might not already have nor know how it works or what the purpose is. Like a tent, sleeping bag, trangia kitchen, hiking boots and so on. On the other hand, when you have all the stuff you need they will probably last for the rest of your life. At least if you decide to buy good quality from the beginning.
Below you find check-lists for day hikes, camping and randonée. You also find some general advice on what clothes, shoes and equipment to buy.
What to wear when you go on a day hike?
What shoes to choose when hiking?
This is probably one of the most common questions asked. For a good reason! Do I need to buy and wear heavy hiking boots? Why does not my comfy running shoes work just fine? Read more about which shoes to choose here.
What to bring when you go on a day hike?
What to bring when you go camping?
Freecamping by Trolltunga, Norway
Besides the stuff you bring on a day hike, you shall bring
What to bring and wear when you go on randonée?
Top of Ahkka, Sweden
Right of public access in Sweden and Norway
View of Torne träsk from the hike to Trollsjön
In Sweden and Norway you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. It is called the Freedom to Roam.
This freedom to roam means that you are allowed to freecamp for the maximum of two nights. You are not allowed to camp in private gardens or near land under cultivation.
If you are unsure of how close to camp a residence - ask the landowner before!
Of course you shall bring all your rubbish with you (including toilet paper).
You can read more about the right of public access in Sweden here.
What equipment to choose when hiking and camping?
You can spend a lot of money on hiking equipment and camping gear and then end up not feeling comfortable in the shoes, jacket or finding out the tent is too heavy or too small or big (!) for your purposes.
It is really difficult to give any general advice since what equipment that fits you depends on your preferences. So what fits your friend, sister, brother or is recommended on websites or in webbshops does not for sure fit you. That follows from the fact that we all look different. Also, for most of us the budget sets a limit...
If you have the opportunity to borrow rain jacket and trousers or camping equipment from someone, that is a good way to find your thing even if it just for a weekend nearby.
Another option is renting equipment for a few days. In Sweden STF rent equipment to members. It is a really good option if you are not sure about if you like camping or if you want to be more sure about what equipment to buy.
We always buy our equipment in stores specialized on hiking boots, camping equipment and so on. Besides the fact that they have a diversified supply in different price classes they can give you advice on what to buy from your preferences.
Let´s go hiking!