How to pack (for your adventure)
The perfect packing checklist
Making a packing checklist for all kinds of outdoor trips is simply impossible. The list will change according to seasons, area and duration. Personal preferences and access to equipment vary from person to person. It is also important to consider how far you have to carry your equipment. This list is made for a two-day outdoor trip with one-night stay in tent or tarp during autumn or winter. Remember to adjust the list according to the area, season and weather forecast.In the end of the list there is a checklist for the tour guide. Nordisk has a great selection of different outdoor equipment seen on this list.
The basic packing checklist
- Sleeping bag (choose one that fits the season and forecast)
- Sleeping mat
- Backpack if you have to carry everything (50-85 L)
- A small backpack for daytrips (15- 40 L)
- Small packing bags (good for organizing)
- Tent or tarp
- Water bottle (1 L)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Fleece jacket
- Wind and waterproof outer layer (jacket and trousers)
- Down jacket
- Socks (woolen socks are preferable). Wool can also be used in the summer because it does not smell bad after use, it is breathable, will insulate even if it gets wet and dries easily.
- Good shoes that fit the area. If you are hiking for a long period of time, it would be nice to bring a pair of sandals or light shoes to use in your camp.
- Thermal underwear (woolen if available)
- Hat, scarf and gloves (for cold weather)
- Toilet paper (remember toilet paper is rubbish. You either have to burn it or take it to a garbage can)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Mosquito spray
The packing checklist for the tour guide
- Knife, saw and axe
(if you want to make a fireplace)
- Stove for cooking hot water and preparation of food
- Pots and pans (no plastic handles
which can melt over open fire)
- Sponge for dishwashing
- Dishwashing liquid (preferably biodegradable)
- 1x breakfast
- 2x lunch
- 1x dinner
- Snacks during the day and the evening. Snacks are important if it’s an active trip.
- Coffee, tea and juice
- Map (waterproof map case) and compass
- First aid kit
- Repair equipment
- For tent and tarp
- Patch equipment for inflatable sleeping mats
How to pack a backpack like a pro?
The basic rule when packing a backpack is to place the heaviest things as close to your back as possible. The further away from the back it comes, the less balance you will have with the backpack on, and the heavier it will feel. The sleeping bag and the sleeping mat can be placed in the large space in the bottom of the backpack. Place the things you use often in the top or in the sides of the backpack, so it is easy to find when you need it. A good idea is to pack your clothes in small storeage bags, so the backpack become more manageable.
The most important part in becoming a packing pro is to adjust the backpack so it fits you perfectly. Start by loosening all straps and put the backpack on. Adjust the shoulder straps to fit your back. The shoulder straps are going to follow the shoulder and not cause any pain in neck or armpits. The last thing you have to adjust is the hip belt. The hip belt is really important because it relieves your shoulders from the weight of the backpack. The hip belt should be placed right above the hip bone to help distributing the weight.
First aid kit
A first aid kit is vital to bring when you are enjoying nature. With a first aid kit in your backpack, you are prepared in the event of a medical emergency outdoors. It could be a blister after a long day of hiking, an accident with a knife or a heatstroke after a long day in the sun. You can buy a complete first aid kit or you can make your own from this list:
- Band aid
- Sports tape
- Gauze roller bandage
- Pain relievers
- Steri-strips for deep cuts
- Antiseptic disinfection and wipes
- Blister bandage
- Aloe vera gel
- Antibiotic ointment
- Emergency blanket