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Clothing and equipment checklist

The checklist below covers the clothing and equipment that’s good to have on an overnight tramp. See also the trip information on weekend gear and the youth programme's trip information sheet.

Having the right gear is a key factor in feeling comfortable and enjoying yourself. And the right gear can save your life, or another person’s life.


Use quick drying & light fabric – don’t use cotton

  • boots
  • wool or wool/thermal blend socks
  • spare pair of socks (if trip is more than overnight or you’ll get wet feet)
  • gaiters
  • quick drying shorts
  • merino/polyprop bottom layer (long sleeved is more versatile)
  • merino/polypro top layer
  • fleece/woollen jersey
  • polypro/merino long johns
  • sunhat/cap
  • sunglasses
  • parka – wind & waterproof (test for waterproof at home – stand in shower/get someone to aim hose at you – though no parka is entirely waterproof in dense and continual rain!)
  • woollen hat or balaclava
  • wool or polypro gloves
  • wind and waterproof Over trou (essential for tops travel; not needed for bushcraft)
  • spare bootlace

For camping/’hut’

  • ‘hut’/camp shoes – crocs or something light
  • light socks
  • warm leggings, top

Group Gear

  • tent, fly, poles and pegs
  • billies
  • stoves and fuel - check out stove to see it’s working before the trip
  • first aid gear
  • ladle/stirrer
  • pothandler/potmitt
  • washing up gear (detergent and cleaning cloth)


  • pack
  • pack liner
  • waterproof/solid plastic bags to stow gear in pack & keep it dry
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping bag liner
  • snowfoam or thermarest (if camping or if even small chance the hut you are aiming for is full)
  • headtorch and spare batteries
  • matches or lighter in waterproof container
  • survival blanket
  • whistle
  • map and compass
  • pen and paper
  • DoC hut tickets or hut pass
  • water container – 1 litre minimum – good to fill at home
  • mug, plastic/light metal
  • bowl or plate, plastic or light metal
  • spoon and knife, plastic or light metal
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap & small towel/wettex
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Other personal toilet gear
  • Personal first aid kit – plasters, sleek, panadol, antihistamine, antiseptic cream, any personal medication (e.g. asthma inhaler)
  • Sunblock & lip salve
  • Insect repellent (if needed)

Depending on inclination, nature of trip:

See also Food & snacks


No pack is waterproof, and certainly not after you have dunked it in a river. That’s why you need a good pack liner and bags around things inside the pack liner.

It’s essential that you have dry warm clothes to change into in the evening, a waterproof parka, and keep your sleeping bag dry in your pack

  • pack the heaviest stuff near the top and closest to your back – this helps with comfort & balance
  • pack veges/fruit in a billy
  • pack fuel outside your pack liner
  • pack things you need during the day at top or in pockets
    e.g. snacks, map & compass, food, sunblock, 1st aid, camera, headtorch, extra top, lunch

If tramping at night, can be useful to have sleeping bag at the top

Make sure your pack is adjusted properly so it is secure on you – so it doesn't slide around as you tramp. This is important for balance and comfort.

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