The King’s Trail – Kungsleden – Artic Sweden – Packing List

Base weight 5.9 kg – Pack weight 10 kg – Skin out weight 12.5 kg

Pack weight includes food and fuel and consumables but no water.

Updated 2018 Aug 6th

This weekend I finally finished my packing list for my upcoming Kungsleden hike which starts on Friday August 10th in Abisko.

GEAR WORN (not part of base weight):

  • Altra Lone Peak 3.5 shoes 632g
  • Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toe socks 55g
  • Montane 2017 Terra Pack Pants 282g
  • underpants Icebreaker Oasis Boxers w/fly wool 54g
  • As Tucas Cabietos Hoodie 100% New Zealand merino wool 212g
  • Cumulus Windy-Wendy Pertex Quantum GL Wind Jacket 60g
  • HMG Breeze Hat 70g
  • Suunto Core Regular Black Watch 62g
  • iPhone 6S 64GB (also my camera for photos & videos) 145g
  • trekking poles: Black Diamond Trail 480g

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

I’ve been using the shoes and toe socks since the Spring time this year. I haven’t had any feet issues since. The trekking poles are also my tent poles (2 uses). They are on the heavy side but they are strong and very reliable. My iPhone, which is always in my pocket, is not included in my base weight, but it is included in the total skin out weight.

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

GEAR IN CHEST PACK:

  • Tread Lite Gear Chest Pack / Front Pouch Cuben Fiber including shoulder strap 69g
  • Wallet Tread Lite Gear Cuben fiber Coin Card Case Wallet Zip 4g
  • credit cards, cash, train card, insurance card, medicine card 33g
  • passport Danish in Zip Lock Bag 43g
  • map BD6 Abisko – Kebnekaise – Narvik 65g
  • HMG Nano Cuben Fiber Stuff Sack for iPhone 4g
  • iPhone 6 earphones 12g
  • Apple charger & lightning cable 44g

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

GEAR IN OUTER NET POCKETS:

  • soda water bottle 700 ml 31g
  • fuel storage soda bottle (500ml) 40g + 5g Speedster pouring top
  • Micro fibre cloth for wiping the tent down, tea towel, napkin, drying myself 18g
  • cooking pot from Stormin Stove Systems 197g (see separate description)
  • Mini Bic lighter inside pot 11g
  • Esbit titanium folding spoon inside pot 18g
  • detergent Bio-degradable in LD Mini Dropper bottle transparent 6 ml inside pot 9g
  • rain jacket Berghaus Hyper Shell Jacket (L) 89g
  • rain pants Inov8 AT/C Ultrapant Waterproof U Pertex Shield 86g
  • mosquito head-net Sea to Summit 25g
  • The Tent Lab The Deuce of Spades UL Trowel 2 (17g)
  • matches 8g
  • toilet paper 100g
  • HMG Small CF8 Cuben Stuff Sack – 8” x 10” (7g)
  • rain mitts Montane Minimus Mitt Pertex Shield / Waterproof 53g
  • waterproof socks DexShell Ultra Thin Waterproof (my dry socks) 61g
  • gloves light spring/autum gloves with windbreak 66g
  • buff Merino wool 50g
  • sunglasses Ray Ban prescription 37g
  • glasses case hard case 50g
  • lip stuff Lypsyl 10g
  • sunblock 30 SFP 45g
  • hand sanitiser Aloe Vera Hand Gel 58g
  • Tread Lite Gear Cuben Fiber Box Zipped Wash Bag Packing Cell ultralight blue 7g
  • Suunto A-30 Compass 30g
  • thermometer key ring type 8g
  • StickPic – The selfie stick adapter 11g
  • tripod GorillaPod with mobile holder 5,5″ 66g
  • toothpaste tube 40g
  • ear plugs in plastic container 7g
  • Sea To Summit Pocket Soap 14g
  • foot balm lotion 31g
  • GPS batteries extra batteries 8 ea for GPS 196g
  • first aid kit 84g (see separate description)
  • power bank Anker PowerCore 10000 mAh (see separate description) 200g
  • power bank Medion 5.200 mAh (see separate description) 148g
  • toothbrush 2 piece plastic 14g
  • repair kit 46g (see separate description)
  • headlamp Asivik H Mini 31g (see separate description)
  • HMG XL DCF11 Cuben Stuff Sack (18g)
  • DEET bug repellent to be purchased in Sweden if required. Not sure what it weighs but I have allocated 70g

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

GEAR INSIDE BACKPACK:

  • ZPacks Roll Top Blast Food Bag Cuben Fiber 44g + 3kg of food (see separate)
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear POD – Large & sleeping quilt (see separate)
  • HMG Cuben stuff sack XL pillow and stuff sack for puffy (see separate)
  • Zpacks Duplex tent including stakes 668g
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear POD – Large with clothes carried (see separate)
  • Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat Pad with R-value 2.2 (53g)
  • 1500 ml Evernew folding water bottle 36g
  • Katadyn BeFree water bottle and filter 0.6 ltr 59g

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

ZPacks Roll Top Blast Food Bag Cuben Fiber 44g + 3kg of food (see below)

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

FOOD FOR 6 DAYS – 3KG

  • 6 dinners (my own homemade dehydrated food)
  • 6 breakfasts (oatmeal, sugar, milk powder)
  • coffee (instant, whatever, I don’t care)
  • pot grabber
  • crisp bread
  • salt & pepper
  • M&M peanuts
  • Vegemite
  • Tuna
  • Trail mix
  • Eat Natural bars (taste good)
  • oatmeal bars
  • Snickers
  • cheese

If I need more food then I can purchase it in one of the mountain huts. Google Vegemite if you don’t know what it is. I can’t get Cliff bars or anything with the same consistency down my throat, I just can’t; but the Eat Natural bars taste good and the Aldi oatmeal bars are a fine little snack. A down side with the Eat Natural bars is that they have short expiring dates.

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

GEAR IN STUFF SACK PILLOW:

  • Cumulus Incredilite Endurance Hydrophobic Down Jacket (850 cuin) (L) 320g
  • Montane Allez Micro Hoodie (Polartec Power Grid) second layer 175g
  • HMG Cuben stuff sack XL pillow and stuff sack for puffy 44g

I’m not sure what weather I will experience. But I am certain that up there the weather can change from one minute to the next. It could be 10℃ – 17℃ during the day and lows of 7℃ at night. But anything can happen; I could also get temps down to 0℃ or lower at night. The micro hoodie, which is my second layer, will also double as a sleeping shirt (2 uses).

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

CLOTHES & GEAR PACKED IN HMG POD

  • long underpants Dilling Long Exclusive Merino wool black 188g
  • As Tucas Cabietos Beanie Commando green 28g
  • Patagonia Strider Shorts 7″ Black 110g *
  • Aclima Lightwool Underpants Man Ranger 140g Soft Merino Wool 63g
  • Darn Tough Boot Sock Full Cushion Socks (my warm socks) 107g
  • Therm-A-Rest Neoair XLite – Regular R value 3.2 (51 x 183 x 6,3 cm) 341g
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear POD – Large 37g

*The day temperatures can suddenly increase into the 20’s℃  so I want to take shorts just in case. I don’t like zip-off pants and both my hiking pants and shorts have minimal weight so they are both coming with me on this trip.

I use a three sock principle of wet, dry and warm. I’ll be hiking in the Injinji toe socks and they’ll most probably get wet. The waterproof DexShell Ultra Thin socks are my dry socks and I can use them alone or over my warm socks. The Darn Tough socks are my warm socks and I will most probably use them for sleeping in or if my feet get cold. They should not get wet at any time.

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

NAVIGATION & SAFETY:

  • Garmin GPSMAP 64st including 2 ea batteries in shoulder strap pocket 228g
  • DeLorme inReach SE satellite communicator packed in backpack 195g

Even though I will be navigating with my map & compass, I want to track my journey and also use the GPSMAP 64st for checking my position when necessary. I am traveling alone and I have promised my family that I will have both the GPS and the satellite communicator with me at all times. This was agreed when I announced that I would be doing this hike.

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

SLEEPING QUILT:

  • As Tucas Foratata Quilt / 450g 900 cuin down / custom collar / Regular / L / 690g
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear POD – Large 37g

The quilt is a custom order that I had manufactured specifically for this adventure. With the warmer weather at the moment it is a little overkill but anything can happen.

 

Kungsleden 2018 Packing List

PACK:

  • HMG Windrider 3400 Pack (55 ltr) 908g
  • Tread Lite Gear Dyneema X Grid Rucksack Backpack Shoulder Strap Pocket 17g

Not much to say about the pack. I did a gear review recently.

 

FIRST AID KIT 84 grams

FIRST AID KIT 84g:

  • plasters
  • gauze dressings
  • gauze roller bandage
  • cleansing wipes
  • Paracetamol 500mg
  • Ibuprofen 200mg
  • Imolope
  • electrolyte re-dehydration tablets
  • adhesive tape (angel skin)
  • needle
  • tick remover
  • 4 safety pins
  • Swiss Army Knife Classic SD including scissors & tweezers
  • Tread Lite Gear Cuben Fiber First Aid Pouch

I’ve fine tuned my first aid kit over the years and I have never needed more than this.

 

LIGHTING

LIGHTING 40g:

  • Asivik H Mini headlamp including HMG small stuff sack 31g
  • 2 X 3V CR2032 button batteries 9g

Nice and light and perfect when it is only dark for 4 hours or so.

 

REPAIR KIT 46 grams

REPAIR KIT 46g:

  • Zpacks repair kit for Duplex shelter
  • HMG repair kit for backpack
  • Tear-Aid Patch kit
  • HMG small stuff sack
  • 5m cord
  • alcohol prep wipe
  • Therm-A-Rest repair kit for sleeping pad
  • duct tape

I had to use the Tear-Aid patch kit once on a puffy jacket that got a spark from a fire and made a little hole; works well. I have also used it on my thin wind jacket after a fall.

 

POWER BANKS

POWER BANKS:

  • Anker PowerCore 10000 mAh including bag & 0.3m lightning cable 200g
  • Medion 5.200 mAh including micro/lightning connector & cuben bag 148g

I want to take a lot of photos and videos and therefore I have decided to pack both power banks as I definitely don’t want to run out of power.

 

Stormin Stove Systems

Stormin Stove System

I am an “official test person” for a product under development by Stormin Stove Systems. I have been testing the product recently and I will also have it with me on this trip. I am not permitted to give any details on the system. The above product from Stormin Stove Systems was sent to me free of charge for testing purposes. However, I am not obliged to to give any positive review in exchange for the free item. I will be only giving feedback to Stormin Stove Systems.

Final thoughts

There is defiantly some weight to save on my list. Some people will say that it is not necessary to use a water filter on this section of Kungsleden, that I should use zip-offs instead of combined pants and shorts, or I could of worn shorts and taken my wind pants too. It’s probably not necessary with the second power bank. I could of gone for a lighter quilt and a light puffy jacket or packed my Apex 67 pullover. It is not necessary to take the Garmin GPS and thus the extra batteries too. All these thoughts have crossed my mind and have been considered. I have to however, take into account that I’m hiking alone, I have never been to this area before and anything goes with the weather.

I’m content with my pack weight of 10 kg and skin out weight of 12.5 kg. So this is my final list.

Photos here on Flickr

See you on the trail.
Disclosure
All other products, BUT not the above Stormin Stove System, discussed in this article were purchased by myself from a retailer or manufacturer. I do not accept compensation or donated product in exchange for guaranteed media placement or product review coverage without clearly denoting such coverage as an “ADVERTISEMENT” or “SPONSORED CONTENT.”

18 Replies to “The King’s Trail – Kungsleden – Artic Sweden – Packing List”

  1. The only thing that I feel redundant on your list could be the Garmin GPS. I’ve owned one myself and it’s a nice piece of electronics for sure. But you could just as easily use your phone for the same purpose, for me that works great. As you say, map and compass is number one anyways, For me personally, GPS/phone is for getting a location to transfer to the map or navigate if visibility is next to nothing.

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    1. You were right about the Garmin GPS. I hardly used it. I could of saved that weight plus the extra batteries. I only used the Anker powerbank too and the extra powerbank was not used. I used my mobile Topo App for GPS most of the time just like you suggested. I’m going to do an article on the gear that I didn’t use and what I would pack differently next time.

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  2. I was just worried about using the iPhone too much; I don’t want to run out of battery but I think that you are right. I can also check my position on the inReach. Thanks for commenting.

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    1. I’ve got that covered too Peter. In my Excel list which I have not included I have DEET on the list. It’s not in the photo because I have to buy it in Sweden. You can’t purchase anything in Denmark that will repel insects like DEET. Not sure what it weighs but I have allocated 70g.

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    2. Hi Peter, I’m back from the trip. It was fantastic! Something that I’ll always remember. Just thought that I would update with this info. I never experienced any insects on the trail until I reached the tree-line after Kebnekaise on my way to Nikkaluokta. There weren’t many and they didn’t bother me so I never packed or purchased any DEET. I never pulled out my head-net once either. But it could of been different, just like you said. I guess that I have been lucky this time and the winds have been with me.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Jon, looks like I’m in for some rain up there now too according to the weather forecasts. I can hardly sleep, just thinking about this hike all the time … not long now.

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    1. Thanks for the nice words Erik. I’m hoping to start work on my Kungsleden trip report next week and I hope to work on the video this weekend. Glad you took the time to read and write to me.

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