Safe on the mountain tour

Mountain hiking in Sweden is a fantastic experience, but for beginners it can be overwhelming to plan and carry out a camping trip in the mountains. Here are some important tips to make your upcoming adventure safe and enjoyable:

1. Read up and plan: Before you set out, it's a good idea to read up on the area by studying the map and taking in information from tourist brochures or guidebooks. It is important to know the trails, any buildings and what the terrain looks like. Always check the weather forecast and adjust your route accordingly. Inform someone of your plan and expected time of return.

2. Gear: Invest in high quality gear, especially the 'big three' tent, sleeping bag and backpack. Weight is an important factor to consider for an enjoyable ride. Therefore, especially examine the weight of the big three, which makes a big difference to your entire pack. Choose a backpack with enough space for both clothes and food, but avoid overpacking. Double check that all equipment is in good condition before you head out.

3. Clothing: Pack clothing according to the layer-on-layer principle to handle temperature variations. Waterproof and windproof clothing is essential, and hiking shoes should be comfortable and durable. Complete with warm clothes for chilly evenings.

4. Food and water: Plan meals that are easy to prepare and nutritious. Freeze-dried food and instant coffee can be handy. The water in Swedish mountains is often of good quality, but there is no guarantee that it is so in the source you find. To reduce the risk of getting sick, you should take water upstream from where you pass. Only take water that is flowing and clear. An alternative is to bring a water purification tablet or water purification filter.

5. Navigation: Use a map and compass to navigate. Mobile phone GPS mapping and handheld GPS units are also useful, but make sure you're familiar with their functions before heading out. Mark necessary locations, such as water sources and campsites, on your map.

6. Stay dry: Pack your clothes and sleeping bag in waterproof bags to avoid moisture. Always have a rain poncho and a tent with good rain protection to keep you dry during unexpected downpours.

7. Safety for the night: Place your tent on a level and safe place. Keep a flashlight or headlamp close at hand. Keep the fire at a safe distance from the tent and use a suitable fireplace if allowed.

8. Waste management: Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and take all waste with you. Use biodegradable detergents and avoid washing or washing dishes near watercourses.

9. Emergency equipment: Have a basic first-aid kit and knowledge of its use. Bring an emergency notification system, such as a whistle or a satellite emergency bearing.

By carefully preparing yourself and being aware of your responsibility as a hiker, you will be able to enjoy the mountain hike while ensuring your own safety and minimal impact on nature. Good luck on your adventure!