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  • Art Kramer | July 4, 2016 12:00 PM ET

    Packing Your Hiking Bag

    Packing Your Hiking Bag

    PHOTO: Plan on hiking Norway’s peaks? Here’s what you should carry. (Courtesy Hurtigruten)

    If you're heading out on a Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise, you are probably bursting with excitement for all the fun that lies ahead. If you've done your research, you know that the Norwegian mountains are simply breathtaking.

    For those of you interested in climbing these peaks, here is a list of things you should consider when packing your hiking bag.

    When it comes to hydrating your body while hiking, a simple plastic water bottle will not do. You're going to need something larger and much more durable to be able to properly hydrate your body. A water bottle that holds 24 to 64 ounces should do, depending on how long you plan on hiking. When in doubt, opt for a larger bottle. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the fluids that your body needs. 

    For your hiking kit, you're going to want to pack nutrition that will refuel you and allow you to continue your adventurous trek through the beautiful Norwegian mountains. For short hikes, consider packing the following:

    - Power bars 

    - Trail mix 

    - Beef jerky or dried fruit

    Note: Although additional food might not always be necessary, it can make the trip more fun and enjoyable along the way. You never know if you (or your hiking partner) might need it. And be sure to drink water while you eat on your hike. Without water, these snacks can dehydrate your body. 

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    First aid
    Supplies that can soothe wounds or cover cuts are an extremely vital part of your hiking pack. The Norwegian mountaintops can be tough on your feet and limbs, so making sure you carry everything and anything you might need is essential. If you're planning a short hike during your cruise, here are some items to be sure to stow in your backpack (for hikers walking long trails, the list will be more extensive):

    - Aloe vera

    - Antiseptic wipes

    - Antibacterial ointment

    - Bandages of all sizes

    - Bug spray

    - Gauze pads

    - Hand sanitizer

    - Ibuprofen or another pain-relief medication of your preference

    - Insect-sting relief treatment

    - Lip balm

    - Sunscreen

    Note: Be sure to add any prescription medication that you or your hiking partner may need. A good hike is a safe hike so pack for anything the trails can throw at you. 

    Although it sounds like common sense, it's always good to navigational help when hiking the exquisite Norwegian trails. Educating yourself beforehand can be extremely handy especially if you're a first-time hiker, and reading Norwegian trail hiking books before your trip is also a good idea. Pack the following:

    - Detailed maps

    - Compass

    When it comes to clothing, you may be confused as to what to wear on a hike. On the ship, you always have the option of adding more clothes for warmth, but when you're hiking that's not always an option. Even on the warmer days, the peaks will be cool, so be sure and wear the right clothing. Be sure and pack the following items:

    - A sweat-wicking, long-sleeve shirt and long underwear underneath your other clothing.

    - Fleece jacket, a vest, and pants

    - A hat, scarf, and gloves or mittens 

    One of the most important elements of a successful hike is the right footwear. You'll need hiking books, which will give you the support your feet and ankles need to walk the hard ground and mountains. Be sure and get the right size, and if you're unsure, consult an employee at your local athletic store. And don't forget about thick, warm socks so that your toes don't get cold. 

    Hiking is a great addition to your Hurtigruten voyage. On a hike you'll be able to see some of the most majestic sights that Norway has to offer. With this list, you'll be ready to brave the mountains and get the most out of your expedition.

    For more information on Hurtigruten and how to become a certified Hurtigruten specialist, visit the Hurtigruten Agents Website

    This blog originally appeared on Hurtigruten’s website.


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