An exhaustive gear check-list

A printable gear checklist can be found in the Downloads section

Often the only difference between a great time out hiking and a really crappy one is forgetting one piece of essential gear. Worse than that is hauling a pack full of things you don't need up a mountain. With this in mind we compiled a checklist of what to take.

How to use our list:

Change it. Everyone has their own opinion on what to take on a hike – it is completely subjective. Do not take everything on this list. Figure out what works for you and adjust it as you go along. 

We prefer using a longer list and deciding to not take an item as opposed to trying to think of items to add to a short list. Items in bold are important to take along.

Our list is divided into 10 categories:

  1. Navigation
  2. Clothes
  3. Light
  4. Fire
  5. Water
  6. Food
  7. First Aid
  8. Tools & Repair Kits
  9. Pack & Sleep
  10. Miscellaneous

1. Navigation

  • Map (Trailmap or 1:50 000 Topo)
  • Compass
  • Map bag
  • GP

2. Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Gaiters
  • Quick drying pants / Shorts
  • Hard Shell – Rain jacket or Poncho. This layer should be waterproof and windproof, but still breathable. If you opt for a rain jacket, choose one with pit zips and ventilation holes.
  • Soft Shell – Fleece or Down jacket. This is your insulation layer and should fit under your hard shell. Down is warm and lightweight when dry, useless when wet. Cotton is generally a bad idea.
  • Base layer – Thermal wool / Synthetic.
  • Camp / Tent shoes
  • Beanie & Buff
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

3. Light

  • Torch
  • Headlamp
  • Spare batteries 

4. Fire

  • Waterproofed matches / lighter
  • Fire steel
  • Waterproofed tinder

5. Hydration

  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Water purification tablets / drops / filter

6. Cooking

  • Gas stove
  • Gas bottle
  • Wind shield. A piece of tin foil usually does the trick.
  • Mug / Cup
  • Aluminium cooking pot
  • Cooking pot handle
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Small wash cloth
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Food. Three high protein meals and snacks per day. Extra day’s worth of food in case of emergency.

7. First Aid & Emergency

  • Space blanket
  • Surgical spirits / Alcohol
  • Surgical wipes
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • Bandaids
  • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Tweezer
  • Scissors
  • Pain killers
  • Valoid
  • Immodium
  • Rehydrate
  • 3 Days additional chronic medication
  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Whistle

8. Tools & Repair kits

  • Knife / Multi tool
  • Paracord / Gear rope
  • Hiking poles
  • Carabiniers
  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape
  • Sewing kit

9. Pack & Sleep

  • Back pack
  • Pack rain cover
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Closed cell foam pad or lightweight, inflatable equivalent
  • Waterproof ground sheet
  • Inflatable pillow. A bag to stuff full of clothes works just as well.
  • Waterproof bags / Ziplock bags
  • Trash bag
  • Collapsible day pack – handy for a water run.
  • Tent & Ropes
  • Pegs & Poles

10. Miscellaneous 

  • Hiking permits
  • Itinerary left with friends
  • Emergency contact details for destination area
  • Trowel
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries & Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Camera lenses
  • Memory cards
  • Camera bag and strap
  • Tripod
  • Waterproof phone cases
  • Hanging Scale