Trekking Tips for Beginners

At Fjällräven we strive to develop timeless, durable and functional outdoor gear that encourages people to walk with nature and doesn’t compromise on sustainability. For those journeying into the outdoors for the first time, we've put together some tips to help you get started on your experience in nature.

1. Prepare your body

Before you get out there, its good to have had a bit of experience walking long distances, and that your hiking boots or normal shoes are comfortable and broken in. We suggest heading out for a regular walk to get your body (and boots) prepared for the journey.

2. Be realistic

Pick a suitable trail for your capabilities and fitness level to maximise enjoyment and minimise mishaps. If you want to lighten your pack load, we suggest doing a hut to hut:

  • Pros: Lighter pack, sleep in a bed and no need to prepare you own food

  • Cons: Must get to your daily destination and a lack of privacy. In terms of trail coverage, you should expect to walk 3-4km/hr – slower if it's undulating terrain.

3. Plan Plan Plan

You can’t always rely on Google to find the best route – we encourage getting acquainted with maps, guidebooks and online forums as well as choosing your trekking season wisely (winter is not ideal for beginners).

4. Layer up

Clothing is integral to your welfare and trek enjoyment. Its important to be prepared for dramatic changes in temperature. We recommend following the layer principle - wrap up or peel off layers if necessary:

  • Base Layer: Long sleeved and long legged, preferably made from fine wool - for example merino.

  • Mid layer: T-shirt, preferably quick drying made from synthetic or light wool with it being a temperature regulator. As well as zip off trousers.

  • Insulation layer: A down or synthetic insulation jacket (depending on conditions)

  • Shell layer: Trousers with high level of water resistance and breathability and a rain jacket

5. Have fun and take care of yourself

Hike with a first aid kit on hand to be prepared for worst case scenarios, stay hydrated, well fed and well rested. Frequent short breaks are recommended for long-distance trekking – we urge to take five mins every hour. Sit down, remove your boots and pack, re-hydrate and snack and enjoy the view around you.

It's important to have the perfect equipment to accompany you on your journey in nature.

Editor's Favourites:

Abisko Friluft 35

A lightweight, stable trekking backpack with ventilation and carrying comfort – perfect for warm/humid climates with a top loaded main compartment fitted with zippers on both sides, making for easy access to contents.

Kajka 65

An advanced trekking backpack that has a support system designed to distribute extremely heavy loads and a user-friendly Perfect Fit Adjustment System which allows easy adjustment for different body sizes.

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