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What you need as a minimum for a day trip - all carried in a day backpack.

  • Boots, waterproof parka and light over-trousers, spare warm clothing (wool or fibre fleece)

  • Warm hat and gloves.

  • Survival foil blanket or bag.

  • Torch (LED head torch is best as it leaves your hands free and batteries last), candle, waterproof matches.

  • First Aid kit - including water purifying tablets or water filter.

  • Fire-lighting materials - waterproof matches or lighter, fire-lighter or piece of rubber.

  • Relevant map, compass, pen and paper.

  • GPS if you have one.

  • PLB if the party is not carrying the club PLB.

If you need essential medication make sure you take two days' supply, and

a complete change of clothes should be left in the bus whilst you are tramping.


Lunch: This is your personal selection; a hot drink is advisable on a cooler day plus a filled water bottle, or water bladder. Some over-the-counter sports gels give an immediate energy boost. A short stop for morning tea (hot or cold drink and a snack) is usual on a club tramps.


A seemingly uneventful trip could be held up for some reason and evenings and nights can be cold – so be prepared.



For a longer trip, i.e. overnight or multiday - In addition to the day trip kit:


Suitably-sized backpack and liner.

  • Sleeping bag, liner, mattress and tent/fly sheet if no hut.

  • Stove and fuel, matches, billy or other cooking pot, eating utensils and food.

  • Gear for use in the hut / tent (lightweight footwear, change of clothing - dry, light and warm).

  • Toilet gear/toilet paper, lightweight towel, biodegradable soap.

  • Sleeping bag, liner, mattress and tent/fly sheet if no hut.

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