What to Bring on a Through Walk

The following list is the recommended items you should take in your backpack/rucksack for a through walk:

Note: Everyone’s requirements are different and will vary based upon the length and type of trip.

  • Backpack/rucksack
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Waterproof/dry bags for sleeping bag, spare cloths, phone, camera, etc.
  • Suitable tent for the weather conditions
  • Suitable sleeping bag for the weather conditions
  • Suitable sleeping mat for the weather conditions
  • Water bottle/bladder (and a spare in case it breaks/leaks)
  • Stove and sufficient stove fuel
  • Cutlery, cup and bowl
  • Sufficient food for length of trip plus additional meal in case of delays
  • Sharp knife (e.g. pocket knife)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Clothing consisting of:
    • Long pants or shorts for walking (gaiters recommended if walking in shorts)
    • Long sleeved shirt or T-shirt for walking
    • Additional layers for warmth:
      • Thermals (top and pants)
      • Fleece/woollen jumper
      • Rain/wind proof jacket
    • Wool socks
    • Boots
    • Sun hat/cap
    • Warm hat (beanie) and gloves depending on weather conditions
  • Head lamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toilet paper and small toilet trowel
  • First aid kit with personal medication
  • Toiletries (toothbrush etc.)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Map and compass
  • Extra garbage bags
  • Length of cord
  • Repair kit (including duct tape)
  • For the comfort of others please carry headphones for radios/ipods/phones etc.
  • Change of dry clothes to change into when you reach camp (your walking cloths may be wet and muddy)

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