Gear List

I am packed and ready to start on Sunday.

Here are some photos and a list of the gear I am taking with me.

I have used other ‘Thru Hiker’ blogs and gear list video’s for my own research and preparation which have been very helpful so I want to share my own too. It is also a common question I have been getting from people who are interested and following me so here it is.

I was lucky to be sponsored by Kathmandu through their Adventure Sponsorship programme which gave me between 50-60% off everything so I purchased most of my equipment from them. I spent many hours in the store to make sure I got exactly what I needed and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.

All my gear is as lightweight as possible but without blowing the budget. You can spend a fortune on ultra lightweight gear if you want to save a few extra kilograms on your back.

I am happy with my base weight of around 10kgs plus an extra 6kgs for food and water. I will soon figure out if there is anything I don’t need and will get rid of it along the way.

Sleeping

  • One person tent – I could have got a 2 person tent that weighed the same but cost 6 times more.
  • Sleeping bag (with silk liner to keep the bag clean. Easier to wash the liner.)
  • Sleeping mat. 30mm thick, semi inflatable. Might swap out for lighter foam roll out mat.
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Ear plugs (Huts, camping with possums/rats and backpacker accommodation)

Cooking

  • Jetboil cooking system. Boils 500mls in 90 seconds. This is all I need to re-hydrate food and making hot drinks.
  • Fuel canisters.
  • Bowl, mug and titanium cutlery

Water

  • 3-5 litres of water depending on where I am and how far between water supplies. Water is heavy so I need to be smart about how much I am carrying without risking dehydration.
  • Sawyer Water Filter. Small, lightweight, squeeze through water filter and removes 99.9% of bacteria. Lifetime warranty and can filter 30,000 litres. Amazing piece of equipment.
  • Water purification tablets just in case.
  • Electrolyte sachets for the more challenging days which I will add to my water bottle.

Food

  • Back Country Cuisine (de-hydrated meals) for dinners.
  • Lunches will be things like tortilla wraps or whole grain crackers with tuna (sachets), peanut butter, cheese, 2 minute noodles, dried fruits, re-hydrated mash potato, peas, soups sachets. You can make some very tasty and energy dense meals out of these ingredients.
  • Breakfasts will be simple instant oats hydrated with boiling water.
  • Snacks will be trail mix, OSM (one square meal bars), soups, miso.
  • Nutrition – I will be taking Juice Plus capsules which are basically a large variety of fruit and vegetables dried and powdered for a good serving of micro nutrients every day. This will be essential to maintain good health along the way and speedy recoveries.

Clothing

  • Boots (Will go through a few pairs of these and have worn in a few already to send down when I need them). Decided not to use trail shoes as boots are so much more comfortable. The cons are they are a bit hotter and don’t dry out as quick when they get wet.
  • Sandals for river crossings, streams, after hours and getting around campsites etc.
  • Short gaiters. These will be handy on beaches to help keep sand out of boots and through dense and muddy bush to keep mud and stones out.
  • Shirts x2 (long sleeve that button up to short sleeve) quick dry and anti odour technology.
  • Shorts x2 (One pair are zip off pants) quick dry and anti odour.
  • Underwear x2. Quick dry and anti odour.
  • Socks x2 merino hiking socks. I will be replacing them a few times along the way.
  • Top and bottom thermals.
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Lightweight fleece jumper
  • Beanie
  • Neck gaiter (Sun protection for beaches or very exposed, windy conditions).
  • Hat

Toiletries

  • Microfiber towel
  • Norwex microfiber body cleaning cloth (no soap needed)
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste (small tube)
  • Toilet paper (half roll to save space)
  • Razor
  • Small pack of antibacterial wet wipes.

Electronics

  • Cellphone – this will be my GPS, communications, trail notes, trail maps, camera, audio book and music.
  • Personal Locator Beacon – essential safety equipment.
  • Goal Zero Battery bank that holds 2 phone charges.
  • Goal Zero Portable solar panel which attaches to back of pack for charging while hiking (it may be the first thing to be removed).
  • Goal Zero small torch/lamp. It is also a battery bank with one phone charge.

Bits and pieces

  • 75ltr pack
  • Pack rain cover (doubles as high viz for road section)
  • First aid kit (with maxigesic and voltarin gel)
  • Lighter
  • Blister care (Hikers wool, Gurney Goo and strapping tape).
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Walking poles
  • Toilet trowel
  • Book

 

It wasn’t raining when Noah built The Ark” – Howard Huff.

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