Gear List – Day Walks
To participate in an activity, even a day walk or hike, you should ensure you have suitable equipment before undertaking the walk. Prime consideration is your safety, comfort and weather protection.
Gear ChecklistView the full Gear Checklist at the bottom of the page.
Bushwalking ClothesMost members walk in lightweight quick drying shorts, a shirt, a hat and boots. A fleecy jacket or old jumper and a long sleeved rain jacket are needed to keep out the cold and wet. If the walk involves walking through scrub, gaiters can be useful to safeguard against irritating grass seeds and snakebites.
DaypackCarry all your gear in a small pack on your back. Do not carry gear in you hands as you will need them for balancing.
BootsBoots should be comfortable, well fitted, have a strong sole and provide ankle support. Most importantly, they should be large enough to take your feet and at least one pair of thick socks comfortably. The camping shops that specialise in lightweight pack-carrying gear can give professional advice regarding the right boot for you. This is one item that you will not be able to hire.
Good sneakers can be worn as an alternative to boots on some of the easier day walks.
FoodFor Sunday walks, it is only necessary to bring water and cut lunch. Most members also bring snacks for during the day. More details on food are provided on the food page.
Many walkers find a gear checklist useful. We have included one at the end of this booklet.
|Item||Day walk||Weekend Walk||1 week Dry climate||1 week Wet climate|
|Waterproof pack liner or dry bags|
|Tent, poles & pegs|
|Sleeping bag & inner liner|
|Light quick drying shirt||1||1-2|
|100 Polartec fleecy or light jumper|
|200-300 Polartec fleecy or heavy jumper|
|Spare under clothes||1-2||3-5||3-5|
|Light quick dry shorts or longs|
|Wide brim hat|
|Balaklava or beanie|
First Aid & Toilet
|First aid kit|
|Blister treatment equipment|
|Toothbrush & paste|
|Toilet paper & trowel|
|Paracetamol and Anti-Inflammatory|
|Puratabs, water filter or Tincture of Iodine|
|Face cloth & soap or moist tissues.|
|Separate Lunch Bag and scroggin bag|
|1-2 litre plastic rigid Water containers|
|5-10 Litre wine skins|
|Saucepan and lid|
|Detergent & tea towel|
|Knife Fork Spoon|
|Mug and Plate|
|Torch, spare globe & batteries|
|Compass, map & map holder|
|Camera & spare battery|
|Spare Pack Buckle|