The following items are essential for all walks except social walks:
- Boots/shoes: must be fully enclosed – no sandals. Joggers may be suitable for social walks and some beginners’ walks.
- Backpack: a comfortable backpack, large enough to take all you require for the day. Ideally it will include a waist strap for added balance and better weight distribution.
- Water: minimum TWO litres per day in a bladder and/or at least two separate containers.
- Torch/head-torch: with spare batteries; if your walk takes longer than expected you may be walking in the dark.
- Raincoat/poncho: for unexpected showers and another layer against the cold.
- First aid kit: might include personal medication, bandaids, bandages, antiseptic.
- Whistle: to be worn on outside of pack. Available for sale from the club.
- Pack liner/plastic bag: for waterproofing in case of rain.
- Hat/Cap: one that won’t blow off in a wind.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Toilet paper and trowel: and snaplock bag to put used paper in. Leave no trace, not even toilet paper!
- Light fleece/thermal top: even in summer.
- Map and compass: ideally the leader should not be the only walker with these items.
- Rubbish bags: we take out what we take in, also for wet and muddy gear.
- Set of clean, dry clothes: to change into at the end of the walk. Be considerate to others, especially your driver and their car.
- Lunch and snacks: keeping your energy levels up with the right foods and drinks will help your enjoyment of the walk.
The following items are optional:
- Electricians’ tape: useful to repair boots, packs, etc.
- Walking poles
- Protective/gardening gloves
Note: Denim jeans are not suitable for bushwalking. They are hot, heavy and hard to dry.