Packing list for a multi day trek

Norwegian summers are famous for the variety of weather. From hot to cold, from sun to rain and even snow (depending on how high up in the mountains you are), from a breeze to a storm. Especially when you do a multi day trek and the weather can change overnight you must be prepared for all of this. We advise you to bring enough warm layers, a water-/windproof jacket (and really waterproof in hours of heavy rain), hat (that covers the ears) and good shoes to walk in (waterproof). We share this experience because, if you are getting wet, you get cold and trouble starts.

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In Norway, they have a saying:
‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. Here you will read what to do. Pack smart!

For a summer trekking expedition we recommend taking a ca 45 ltr backpack. This is of course depending on the weather(forecast) those days and has to be considered the day before leaving. But still the weather can be unpredictable and you are better safe than sorry. Also think what happens if you get injured and you have to wait a day/and or night for help. What we would recommend packing for the trekking.

Equipment:

  • 40-50 liter backpack
  • Drinking bottle
  • Snacks
  • Packed lunch
  • Hiking poles if you do not trust your knees 100% or are used to hiking with them
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Small first aid kit
  • Knife or multitool
  • Camera
  • Map and compass if hiking without a guide

Clothes:

  • We recommended wearing woolen or synthetic clothes, not cotton
  • Hiking boots (waterproof/Goretex)
  • Woolen socks, bring an extra pair as well
  • Long trousers/hiking pants, comfortable and preferably quick drying
  • Woolen shirt
  • Fleece vest.
  • In general you will wear a set of clothes and you have a dry set in your backpack of some of the most important parts.
  • Down jacket if you have one
  • Waterproof/Goretex jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Underwear
  • Warm/woolen hat or beanie
  • Neck band/buff
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters (deping how late in the season, change for snowfields)
  • Spare shirt and shorts for in the huts
  • Slippers for in the huts
  • Consider water sandals/shoes for crossing rivers
  • The challenge is that it can be snowing and it can be hot and sunny and everything in between. Most important is a good jacket which is 100% waterproof so you do not get wet (and cold) in case of bad weather.
  • The DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) has made a very useful list. Also, take a look at their general tips about clothing wise.

Other:

  • Toothbrush + paste (not a whole toiletbag)+ peace of soap
  • Towel
  • Liner (if you do not rent bed linen in the manned cabins)
  • Toilet paper
  • Money (cash+card)
  • Medicine, if needed
  • One in the group should have a first aid kit and you should consider an emergency bivak.

If you will be on vacation in Norway before or after your hiking expedition, we offer luggage transportation from your first to your last cabin. This way you can take more than just these bare essentials to your Norway adventure vacation.