Fjällräven Classic: getting ready & packing list

My departure date for the Fjällräven Classic is approaching rapidly and I’ve spent the better part of last week packing, unpacking and repacking my bag. It’s been I while since I’ve set off on an adventure by myself and this one feels special somehow.

Registering for this event was something that I wanted to do for a while, but never actually did, until this year. It reawakened my love for hiking and more importantly my enthusiasm for long distance hiking. It gave me the final push I needed to start this blog. It gave me the courage to set off on my own again and allowed me to start dreaming of doing it more often.

And so I started packing. I always start by getting everything I think I might need in one place and than try to narrow it down to the essentials. I am a bit of a nerd so the next step is to weigh every item with a kitchen scale. Normally I would put every item in an Excel file, but this time I am using Lighter Pack. That way I can share my list on this blog.

If I am unsure which item to take out of two similar ones (e.g. which of two T-shirts, torches,…) I’ll let the weight decide. Since everything is put in a central file (either Excel or Lighter Pack), I might swap out some things for lighter versions and then add an extra item. I have to admit that I love this process and get all excited fiddling with my gear.

What I will take with me

The total weight is about 12,5kg . That includes what I am wearing, hiking poles and boots, but excludes my main food.

My hiking gear for Fjällräven Classic 2018
All gear
My hiking gear for Fjällräven Classic 2018
Packed minus the least I can wear

Are you a total number geek like me? Have a look at the detailed overview in lighter pack.


General & sleep

  • Pack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow

Cooking

  • Stove
  • Long handle spoon
  • Coffee cup
  • Pocket knife
  • Lighter
  • Water bottle
  • Consumables

Hygiene & medical

  • Toothbrush
  • Dentatabs (toothpaste)
  • Wet wipes
  • Daycream
  • Towel
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Menstrual cup
  • Cup wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Handkerchief
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
Clothing

  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve T-shirt
  • Fleece vest
  • Zip off pants
  • Legging
  • Rain pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Puffy
  • Socks (2x)
  • Underpants (2x)
  • Bra
  • Hat
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Sunglasses

Other

  • Wallet
  • Compass
  • Trekking poles
  • Smartphone
  • Battery pack
  • Camera
  • Diary

Now, just to be clear: I would love to hear from you, but I’ve seen gear discussions on social media get a bit out of hand and would hate to see it on my blog. This is my personal packing list and experience. It might include things you think are unnecessary or a luxury. It might miss things you think are essential. That’s okay! We all have to decide for ourselves what is worth the weight.

Are you a first time (female) trekker and not sure yet what the deal is with hygiene? Have a look at Trekking like a girl: hygiene on trail

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  1. Impressive. I was thinking where my weight comes, but the tent weights a bit as it is for 3 persons (and better for windy conditions than a bit lighter one), my friend carries the stove and all and still i am in the 14kg. Hope you enjoy your hike, we (me, my friend and a dog) start on friday, start group 3.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah it adds up pretty quick right?! My tent is tiny, but still weights a fair deal. I’am saving up for some lighter options. 14 kg including a 3pers tent sounds like a good weight to me, no? I am in the very last group, so I’ll have to wait a bit longer. Hope you have an amazing trip! 😀

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  2. So exciting!! I think that when I read this post you will have started? I hope you enjoy the Classic! Your packlist sounds good and a baseweight of under 10kg sounds good too. 😉
    Personally, I haven’t needed two pairs of pants. I haven’t used my camp shoes either. Your camera is a bit lighter than my DSLR. My second attempt I did without my DSLR, because I didn’t want to carry the weight.
    Enjoy, good luck and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures on the Classic!

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      1. I bet you can’t wait! Just take your time along the trail. It’s beautiful out there but the terrain is pretty rough. So excited to hear about your trekking experience. I hope that -unlike me- you get to finish and bag that medal 😀

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      1. I found that I didn’t need them and could have saved the weight. I expected spending some time outside after setting up camp, maybe enjoying camp life, but I always went to bed rather early, as it was cold and I was super tired. I just wore my boots around camp and settled in for the night. Same with pants. I prefer hiking in leggings. I only had one extra set that I would use as sleeping gear. If my trekking legging would have gotten really wet, I could have changed into that. Up to you of course and I can’t make that decision for you. And everyone’s got different needs and wants. You’ll be fine 😀

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