Packing list for camping in the mountains
Are you ready for hiking in the mountains? But not quite sure what to bring?
First of all it's important to know where you’re going. Check the weather forecast. Is it cold? Windy? Or sunny and warm? The weather changes fast in the mountains and before you know it, snow is falling from the sky and the storm is hovering above the horizon.
This is why it's important to be prepared and not forget important gear back home when traveling in the mountains. This is a generous list, and we don't expect you to bring along every item — but here’s a checklist for your next summer camping in the mountains.
What to wear
- Wool baselayers - 100% Merino wool for odour control
- Quick-drying hiking pants
- Shortsleeve baselayer in Merino wool
- Hiking shorts
- Thin wool socks
- Thick wool socks
- Wind and waterproof jacket with ventilation
- Down pullover or insulated fleece jacket (depending on the temperature)
- Wool gloves
- Wool beanie and caps
- Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots
- Sunscreen (yes, wear it)
Gear to bring
- A sleeping bag fit for your use
- A backpack
- Camp shoes
- Map and compass
- Sleeping pad
- Camping pillow
- Fjellduk (link)
- Waterproof bags for your clothes
- Headlamp or camp light and extra batteries - if needed
- A burner with windprotection + matches
- Cutlery set
- Sharp knife
- Wet wipes
- Trash bags
- First aid kit including sports tape and abrasion patches
- Duckt tape
- Hand sanitizer
- Toiletries incl. Small towel
- Mosquito spray or net
- It's important to test your equipment before heading out. Pitch your tent close to your home. Light up your camp stove and get to know your new sleeping bag.
- Use your hand sanitizer when burning your toilet paper. That way you leave no trace behind.
- Always keep a dry set of base layers to use while in basecamp.
- Camp shoes are the best life hack for tired feet and easy access in and out of the tent. Slip on, slip off, and let your hiking boots rest for the night.
- If you’re dreading a cold night, fill up your (air tight) bottle and use it as a hot water bottle.
- Fjellduken can be used to cover the ground for lunch, weather protection or work as an extra layer on the tent floor.