***Tarp / hammock – (Tents are included in the price so this is optional)
Water bottle or Platypus, Dromedary or Ortlieb collapsible water container
Mug + billy can (not mess tins)
Fork or spoon
Sheath knife (to be kept in hold luggage)***
Folding Saw – please ask for advice if you are unsure (to be kept in hold luggage)***
Dry bags – everything must be waterproofed.
Rucksack or Northface style hold all, or Ortlieb Dry Bag Carrying System
Wide brimmed hat or cap with neck protection***
Insect repellent + insect head net. The mosquitoes can be a problem sometimes.
Travel clothing for 1st and last days on flights.
Canoeing clothing – we suggest – trousers, shorts, t-shirt, shirt, lightweight loose fitting clothing, must be long-sleeved/ full-length legs. Quick drying clothes. Your feet will get wet so some light wet suit boots are great for the canoe.
Spare dry footwear for the evening.
Fleece / down jacket etc
1 small roll of duck tape***
1 Snap gate Karabiner (small but not mini) + 10m of cord (at least 3mm)
Torch with 2 sets of spare batteries
Sunscreen (Riemann P20 is expensive but effective and proven in extreme conditions. It only needs applying once a day and is available at the airport duty free shop)
Personal effects; – wash kit, medication etc (it is probably worthwhile taking your own supply of analgesia and anti diarrhoea tablets as well as toilet paper)
Rations – 4 x breakfast – 4 x lunches – 4 x supper (super noodles, couscous, oat-so-simple – light weight dehydrated stuff – chocolate snacks etc….We will have chance to get these at base camp prior to setting off.
Tea / coffee / whitener
Please ensure that ALL kit is carried in a waterproof bag. Any cameras, mobile phones etc should be kept in re-sealable plastic bags to keep out water… (which will get everywhere).
The local currency is Swedish Kronor. You can put almost anything on a credit card but we would suggest taking about £50 in Kronor.
There are three things to consider:
- Tick borne encephalitis – please speak to your GP about this.
- Tetanus – please be up to date before the trip.
- EHIC – European Health Insurance Card – you will need one of these. Please visit www.dh.gov.uk/travellers and apply online.
Please consult your doctor. It is worth taking antibacterial soap with you and washing your hands before eating. Even by taking these precautions it is still possible to get an upset stomach, so having your own supply of Imodium (and loo roll) is advisable – if taking wet wipes, ensure they are biodegradable (i.e. Kandoo)
The temperatures in the wilderness could still be over 300C during the day but may dip below freezing at night. Be prepared for all eventualities. The likely temperatures are a max of 25 and a min of around 10. It can quite windy though.