GUIDE FOR DAY WALKS
Sturdy Footwear Day Pack with water bottle pouches Lunch pack Personal First Aid Kit plus personal medication Emergency Contact Form Sunscreen, Floppy Hat, Drip-dry clothing, gaiters Walk poles (optional) Wet Weather Gear
Backpacking (Overnight Starter Kit)
DESIGNED FOR A 15kg PACK
Glasses –Sun and Reading Beanie, scarf, gloves (if cold)
Book -Very lightweight –Tear pages out of a Soduku book or Crossword for lightness and bulk.
Good sturdy, comfortable bush walking boot or shoes.
Crocs to wear at hut at night – a rest from boots or similar light weight shoe
Ear plugs if concerned with snorers
First aid kit – space blanket, second skin (fixamull - essential for blisters), triangular bandage
Headlamp or light torch; candle
Jumper, cardigan, light weight coat, thermal for a warm layer Underwear - warm and light
Small groundsheet (optional) for use under sleeping mat Mobile Phone
Camera - Spare Batteries
Pack cover (optional) – useful if raining
Pack liner or put EVERYTHING securely wrapped in plastic bags to keep dry Small blow-up pillow
Two pairs of thick socks (thin pair as liner) and spare shoelace
Sleeping bag ( light weight) wrapped in a plastic bag. If no pack liner, use two bags. Sleeping bag liner sheet
Cup; Spoon (this serves as a fork as well), Pocket Knife.
Light weight stove, fuel, matches or lighter (in a plastic zip lock bag to keep dry) Try to have stove pot as eating dish to save weight.
Small Microfibre cloth for dishes
Thermal pants, jumper, shirt to sleep in and for night wear at camp or similar light weight warm clothes. or light weight track suit Thermarest (or similar) self-inflating mattress
Toilet paper - Take an individual pack of 9 white tissues as it’s compact.
Toiletries - sunscreen, small lightweight plastic hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste in ziplock bag. Microfibre cloth for wash, small fold up pet bowl for a wash
Two walking sticks (optional but useful with a heavy pack)
2 x 1 litre water bottles (rainwater tanks at each hut for refills)
Water purification tablets - I take some but generally boil water Wet weather gear - pants and a showerproof raincoat – A dry raincoat can be used as a layer of warmth at night.
Preferably wear long pants that can be converted to shorts, short and long sleeved bamboo shirt, floppy hat, long sleeved thermal (alt. use poly fleece cardigan or similar).
In colder weather wear a short sleeved thermal under shirt. Tent - Optional - depending on walk location
Food - anything light weight - Examples only below:
Breakfast - Individual serves of muesli with powdered milk. Instant cappuccino sachets, tea bags, herbal tea bags with powdered milk
Snacks -Light weight for morning/afternoon tea – dried fruit, nuts and seeds, muesli bar etc bagged in daily serves in a small ziplock bag for nuts, seeds and dried fruit mix.
Lunch - Wrap with salmon pieces in foil packet and avocado. (One piece of real fruit for morning tea or lunch first day)
Evening Meal - Dried sachet food for water to reconstitute. Most camping stores have prepared dried meals. Add tuna, salmon; cous cous or dahl packets of pre -prepared meals from supermarket. Buy food with a short boil time or boil for bit and leave to absorb and boil again to save gas/fuel. Use dried vegies and one carrot for extra taste.
Day’s End - A ‘Cup-a-Soup’ or Milo sachet. Dried in individual packets.