You do not need expensive special equipment to go walking. Walking with a light backpack is enjoyable, although it is wise to carry a few things for safety reasons. You should pack in accordance with the time of year, length of walk and level of difficulty. If you are a party, it is sufficient for one of you to have an extra top, first aid kit etc., for safety reasons.
Walking boots provide good support for your ankles. During the season, you should normally be able to walk along a quality assured Värmlandsleder trail in walking boots, without getting wet feet. If the ground is really dry, trainers are a good choice. Rubber boots are a better choice than walking boots when it is really wet, in the early spring or late autumn, the periods just before or just after the walking season proper.
Choose clothing on the layering principle. The innermost layer should keep you warm and wick moisture away from the body. Wool or synthetic materials are best. The intermediate layer should wick away moisture and keep you warm at the same time. Wool or fleece is a good choice. The outer layer should protect against rain and wind. At the same time, the material should be breathable so body moisture can be wicked away. You will need a fourth layer in spring and autumn to stay warm when you take a break and in the evening. An extra top is also advisable in case someone gets injured and must be kept warm while awaiting help. A chilly morning can be followed by a really warm summer day with hot sun.
Backpacks should be comfortable. A 25-30 litre backpack is big enough for a day outing. If you intend to camp overnight and take a sleeping bag, tent and mat, you will need a 50-litre backpack. Packing cubes for your backpack make it easier to find things. A rain cover for your backpack is invaluable in rainy weather.
In the backpack
- Water bottle
- Food if required. Many accommodation providers can supply a packed lunch. Take a vacuum flask & mugs.
- Energy boosters: raisins, chocolate, nuts.
- Groundsheet to keep you dry and warm when sitting down.
- Map: walking trail brochure, topographic map and compass.
- Simple first aid kit: blister plasters, ordinary plasters, fever reducing tablets and medication you need yourself.
- Toilet paper
- Plastic bag for litter
- For safety: Notepad, pen, whistle, watch, mobile phone with charged battery
- On sunny spring and summer days: sun hat, sunglasses, sun screen.
- Mosquito stick
- Other: poles, camera, binoculars, GPS, guidebook, bird or flora book. Think about weight.
To pack in your backpack when camping overnight
- Gas powered camping stove
- Multitool or knife
- Forehead light
- Toilet bag
- Tick remover
- Spare socks
- Swimwear/towel/beach shoes
- Sleeping bag
- Tent possibly.