What to bring

For the hike

  • A sturdy backpack, big enough to fit 3 sleeping bags inside. Please make sure that it is sturdy and comfortable before leaving home. Try wearing it around the house for a while with weight in it. Also, try to fit everything inside the pack. Anything dangling from your backpack as you walk tends to catch on trees and can fall off.

  • A warm sleeping bag. Even in hot weather you can have cold nights in the bush.

  • A sleeping bag liner. They protect your sleeping bag and also add a couple of degrees of warmth. You can buy one, or to make one simply sew up the sides and across the bottom of a normal single sheet.

  • A sleeping mat. Thin self-inflating mats (e.g. Thermarest™) are more compact and more comfortable but closed cell-foam mats are cheaper and will do the job. Mats tied to the outside of you pack need to be in a STURDY bag (not a plastic garbage bag) – preferably from a material like denim (a sewn up jeans leg works great!).

  • Small groundsheet (about 1m x 2m). You can purchase these at camping stores, or you can buy a section of builders plastic from a hardware store which works well.

  • 3-4 strong garbage bags to line your pack with and to protect your sleeping bag, clothes etc from rain/creek crossings. This is really important! Even “waterproof” packs normally aren’t!

  • Comfortable shoes to walk in. Boots are preferable as they give more ankle support. Make sure that whatever footwear you bring fits well (i.e. isn’t too big and doesn’t rub), is comfortable and has adequate grip. Take some time before camp to break in new boots by going for walks. It is a good idea to bring a spare pair of laces.

  • A good raincoat preferably with a hood (thin plastic ponchos rip easily when walking in the bush!)

  • Small torch and batteries (not a huge searchlight).

  • Minimum of 3 litres of water capacity. This needs to be in at min 2 different containers (in case one breaks) and at least one litre should be in a water bottle (i.e. not a hydration bladder). This is not optional, water is vital!

  • Eating utensils (plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon – all in a cloth bag). Make sure they aren’t breakable and don’t take up too much room.

  • Optional - Small towel (hand towel size is perfect).

Clothes for the hike

  • Warm jumper and pants. Wool or synthetic fleece jumpers are great as they keep you warm even when wet.

  • Beanie (highly recommended - for taking up little room it gives lots of warmth).

  • Thermals. One pair of thermal underwear is great as they take up very little space and provide excellent warmth.

  • 2 shirts and 1 pair of shorts or trousers for walking in. T-shirts are fine, but the added sun protection from a collar and long sleevs can be very handy. Please do not bring any denim material clothing or jeans on the hike at all. If they get wet they are cold, difficult to dry and extremely heavy.

  • Undies, socks etc. Wool socks are recommended. 2 pairs for the hike are enough.

  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses – hat is essential (a broad brimmed hat is best).

Helpful hint: To keep warm in the bush it's better to have multiple smaller layers rather than one big heavy jacket.

After the hike

  • 2 or 3 sets of clothes – for warm and cool weather.

  • A pair of closed-toe shoes for walking around camp.

  • Thongs/sandals for the beach trip.

  • Swimming costume and towel (to stay safe in the sun all campers are required to have a rash shirt or similar).

  • Tea towel.

  • Toiletries.

  • Bible and a pen.

  • Camera - optional.

  • A small amount of money to buy snacks with on camp – optional.