What to bring

What to bring on a walk

Essential equipment

The following items must be carried by all walkers on all activities:

  1. Water - a minimum of 2 litres for a day walk
  2. Food for the entire trip plus extra for emergencies
  3. Comfortable, tried and tested walking boots or shoes. Do not wear new boots for the first time on a walk! If in doubt, talk to your walk leader about your footwear.
  4. First aid kit and space/emergency blanket
  5. Rain jacket, jumper, sunblock and a hat, and make sure you do not wear cotton or denim. Wicking fabric is best.
  6. Torch, whistle and matches in a waterproof container.

What to pack for a day walk:

  • All the essential equipment listed above;
  • Optional extras could include camera and personal insecticide.

What to pack for an overnight walk

  • As a general rule, your pack should weigh no more than 25% of your body weight. For females, approx between 12-18kg, and for males between 14-20kg, depending on duration of the walk, age and fitness level. Weight calculation should include 1-2 kilos for 1-2 liters of water (or more in some cases) that you may need to carry. Ask your walk leader for guidance.
  • Ask your walk leader for a full gear list, as gear may vary depending on the length of the walk.

Other ideas

The best way to sort out your packing is practice. The objective is to keep your pack as light as you can, and each walker will have slightly different weight priorities, according to what is most useful to them. Every walk will bring you new ideas.

  • What in your pack was useful? Is there some way you can make those useful things lighter? For example a well known member of our club doesn't see the point of carrying a full size toothbrush - he just takes half a one!
  • What was totally unnecessary? Do you really need to carry that third hard back novel?
  • What did others bring along that you might have used?
  • For more information, see How to pack for a day hike by lotsafreshair.