What does what you're in for mean in following sentence?

The journey seems intense and, frankly, it often is. It's important that you understand what you're in for, particularly if you go it alone.

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    Be in for sth: - to be going to experience something unpleasant very soon: dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/be-in-for-sth – user66974 Feb 20 '15 at 14:16
  • Welcome to ELU, Andrei. english.stackexchange.com/help/asking Good Luck. – Kris Feb 20 '15 at 14:19
  • Not necessarily unpleasant. You may be in for a good time. – WS2 Feb 20 '15 at 15:25
  • I think the meaning referred to by @Josh61 usually takes the form "You are going to be in for it" (or sometimes just "... going to be for it"), with the "it" signifying the dreaded consequence... Asking what one is "in for" is as Zbyněk Dráb's answer – Marv Mills Feb 20 '15 at 15:59
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    This question has four close votes, but it seems like it might have been a good candidate for migration to English Language Learners. – J.R. Feb 21 '15 at 11:39

It roughly translates to "What you're getting into", "What you can expect".

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    Interestingly, what you're in for invariably alludes to bad future possibilities, whereas what's in it for you almost always refers to future benefits. – FumbleFingers Feb 20 '15 at 15:00
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    @FumbleFingers Didn't you ever have the sense that you were in for a good time. – WS2 Feb 20 '15 at 15:26

A typical situation for the idiomatic expression "to be in for sth" would be:

Mother shouting after her young son who has hurt his little sister and is running away: Boy, you are in for a sound beating when you come home.

My explanation for this "in for" is: You are in my bad books for a sound beating.

The expression can be used for negative things one has to expect as in

  • He's in for a shock.

  • I'm afraid we're in for a storm.

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