5. Packing list (essentials)
The list below describes the essentials of the personal luggage you need for the field exercises in northern Sweden.
1) Bag for main luggage. Preferably water resistant. Back pack or sports trunks are good. Avoid airport bag on wheels.
2) Day pack. Smaller back pack for field excursions. Should have enough space for bringing extra clothing, sandwiches, camera, band aid etc. on day excursions from the field camp. Backpack cover is convenient.
3) Water proof bag. Smaller water proof bag for keeping devices that must not get wet, for example cameras, lap-tops, pads, and phones.
4) Boots. It should be water proof boots which are made for walking - high enough to support the ankles, with a good “foot bed” (a good insole will usually do as well) and a good grip sole. Bring indoor shoes.
It is of outmost importance that you choose your clothing wisely. The principle you should follow is to have three layers of clothing + extras.
5) Layer 1: water and wind proof jacket and trousers, preferably Gore-Tex
6) Layer 2: fleece jacket and fleece trousers
7) Layer 3: thinner long johns and sweaters
8) 2 extra sets of layer 3 (it will get wet. You must not wear wet clothes. You must not get cold!)
10) Warm gloves + 1 extra
11) Scarf or buff
12) Thin socks – one pair on and a minimum of 5 extras
13) Thick socks – minimum of two pairs
14) Underclothing – as many as you figure you will need
15) Camera – this is essential, you will need it for your field work tasks
16) Water proof light weight packing bags for keeping the extra clothes dry (plastic bags sufficient)
17) Plasters to protect blisters on your feet (Compeed or similar brands) and plaster tape
18) Head ache pills
19) Immodium (for stopping a running stomach)
20) Sun block
21) Sun glasses
22) Straps and extra shoe laces (handy not only for shoes but also for tying up stuff)
23) Extra batteries for your cameras
24) Extra memory cards for your cameras
25) Wake up alarm (cell phone)
26) Water bottle
27) Walking sticks
29) Mosquito repellent!
Other items you might want to bring (not compulsory, but convenient)
31) Earplugs (your room companions might snore)
32) Something to cover your eyes with during night time (sun is up 24/7)
Wearing while hiking
OBS: the items mentioned here are already listed in the above. The list below is just to give you an idea of what you will wear during our daily hikes:
- Day pack with extra clothing, lunch pack, water bottle, plasters, sunblock, sunglasses and worn out extra shoes
- Sturdy hiking boats (water proof)
- Layer 1 water proof jacket
- Layer 1 water proof trousers
- Layer 2 fleece jacket
- Layer 3 thin set of long underpants + undershirt
- Thin socks
- Thick socks
- Water bottle
- Head wear