Since some friends questioned me about my equipment and it’s also good for me to write it down for the next time, here is the report about my equipment. But let’s start at the beginning: I was hiking for one month in the middle of Norway from cabin to cabin. I started hiking in the middle of August until the middle of September, hence I expected on the side warm and sunny days and on the other side cold and rainy days. In the picture above you can see my complete equipment packed in my backpack. At the airport it had a weight of 11.2kg and later in a cabin, where you could weigh your backpack, it had 13.2kg. The additional 2kg came from some extra food and a book.
For the first time I hiked with professional hiking boots, socks and trousers and it was great. I always though why I should pay 20 Euros for one pair of socks. For this price I normally buy a lot of pairs. And now I probably won’t start any long hike without hiking socks. In combination with good hiking boots your feet feel like in heaven, okay maybe not like in heaven but quite good. In the first two weeks I hiked every single day, everything from some hours up to 13 hours. Hence I hiked a lot, but during the hole month I did not have to uses once the tape for the feet. I was also quite happy about my new hiking trousers. It’s protected against UV radiation and mosquito bits. Especially the second property was quite good, since I walked from time to time through swampy regions. And it’s made of strong, durable material, so that you can sit and climb on rough stones or walk through the undergrowth.
Another favourite was a small notebook, which I had always in my trouser pocket and in which I wrote down my thoughts, Facebook names of other hikers, questions … and just everything.
- ID / insurance card
- money / credit card
Body hygiene and care
- toothbrush / -paste
- deodorant / shampoo / soap
- nail scissors
- cream / lip salve
- laundry detergent
- handkerchiefs / toilet paper
- Tape (for feet) / plaster
- head / belly ache pills
- allergy pills / eye drops
- salve for insects bits
- mosquito repellent
- Mobile phone / camera / chargers
- power bar (cable) / batteries
- sleeping bag
- cookware / cutlery / gas cooker
- hike map / compass
- drinking bottle/case
- headlamp / flashlight
- survival kit (whistle, mirror, etc.)
- knife / pocket knife / rope
- matches / cable tie
- pencil / paper
- headscarf / scarf / cap / sunglasses
- t-shirt / pullover
- trousers / rain pants / belt
- jacket / rain jacket
- underwear / pyjama
- hiking boots / sport shoes / (flip flops)
- (plastic) bags
- book / magazines
For the next time
In general I was quite satisfied with the equipment, which I brought to Norway. I had everything to survive the daily long hiking trips. But there are a few things, which could be helpful for the next time:
- superglue: It does not matter, how good your hiking boots are. If you use them every day for hours and walk through a lot of snow fields and rivers, they may get damaged. After three weeks my soles detach in the front of my shoes. Fortunately I met a friendly hiker, who could give me some superglue to fix my shoes. He said, that he never starts a hiking trip without superglue in his backpack. That’s a good advice for the future.
- duct tape: It is always good to pack stuff to repair and fix your stuff, especially sine your try to avoid to bring a lot of things with you. I had cable ties, simple tape and a rope. I think, you can’t go wrong with duct tape, e.g. to fix your rain trouser.
- GPS device: Quite expensive, but also helpful if you lost your track.
- plastic case: For instance if you want to carry cooked food or other stuff, a stable plastic case with a cap is better then a plastic bag.
- gym sack: May good for shorter day trips, if you just need to carry a thin jacket, a water bottle and some food. It’s smaller and fits better in your backpack then a second, smaller backpack.
- thermos bottle: On rainy days it’s nice to have something warm to drink.
- thick socks: The wooden floor of a cabin can be quite cold.
- shoe spikes: I walked through a lot of snow and sometimes this snow is frozen and really slippery. If you walk on scarps this can get dangerous.