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Gear list for autumn hike

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This gear list is a general guideline. If you need more information about Autumn Hike in general then visit this guide page. For first-time hikers we recommend to follow the list. Experienced hikers are free to customize their own list. A fully packed backbag weights about 15-20 kg.

Make sure to pack your sleeping bag and clothes in waterproof bags.

Some gear like tents can be rented from Soopa, please contact the equiptment master for details. Contacts must be made at least two weeks in advance!

Personal gear

bagpack and rain cover volume of at least 60 liters
sleeping bag 3-season sleeping bag or two summer bags, comfortable in at least –5°C
sleeping mat 3-season trekking mattress or two thinner mattresses
hiking boots boots that are comfortable to hike with
sandals etc. for crossing rivers and wearing at camps
walking sticks helps to cross rivers etc.


It is important to protect your body from wind, rain and cold. Wearing several thin layers of clothing and adding or taking them off when necessary helps keeping you comfortable.

windproof jacket with a hood  
windproof trousers  
waterproof jacket (and trousers) waterproof trousers also help keeping your shoes dry
set of technical underwear e.g. polypropylene or thin merino wool
set of warm underwear e.g. fleece, wool
(sport)socks not cotton. Take also extra pair(s). You can also take loose woolen socks that keep your feet warm in a tent or hut.
spare underwear not cotton
warm and windproof cap  
warm and windproof gloves take also an extra pair
scarf, balaclava  
shorts and t-shirt use your discretion
other clothes if needed use your discretion and check the weather forecast

Personal oddments

European Health Insurance Card, EHIC if some accident happens during hike in Sweden or Norway then with a valid EHIC grants you access to medically necessary, healthcare and you only pay a user fee.
compass obligatory
map from SOOPA
map bag or plastic cover you can also coat your map
matches in waterproof packaging
knife sharp one
accessory straps to fasten gear to your backpack
trash bags to bring all your trash back
head lamp if needed
plasters also special plasters for bladders for example Compeed
some painkillers  
personal medicines  
lip balm  
toothbrush, toothpaste  
toilet paper in waterproof packing
freshen-up towels/hand disinfection liquid  
sunglasses if needed
nail scissors  

Luxury gear

These are not necessary. You can consider taking them with you if you have enough carrying capacity and space.

deck of playing cards  
thermos flask only if the weather is cold
candle if needed, to light up wilderness cabins
sun cream  
ear plugs  
mosquito repellent  


Take with you your own cutlery and enough food. Food weights about 0,5 -1 kg / a person / a day.

plastic plate, spoon and mug in a fabric bag
drinking bottle capacity of at least 0,5 liter
ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner more info on the hike food page
salt and other spices  
bread, butter/margarine, cheese, baloney  
snacks e.g. chocolate, raisins, nuts, cookies
drinks e.g. tea bags, instant coffee, cocoa powder, milk powder

Group gear

It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the below list because the group members can agree together on how to get the equipment needed. SOOPA also borrows tents for hiking groups.

tent from SOOPA, strong enough to withstand high winds
Trangia or equivalent cooking stove one cooking stove / 2 persons
stove fuel one liter of Sinoli for one Trangia
ladle, spatula, whisk, brush for cooking and for washing the dishes
first aid kit plasters, disinfectant, dressing, cast, pain killer etc.
repair kit e.g. strong thread and a needle, thin iron wire, duct tape
booklet for hike diary from SOOPA
GPS does not replace map and compass
axe if needed

Sauna bag

In addition to these you should have a towel, detergents and a change of clothes for sauna after the hike. These can be stored in the bus during the hike.