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Equipment and Clothing

It is impossible to write a list of equipment and clothing that covers every type of trip that can be done in the New Zealand bush. The following list of what to take assumes that you will take equipment for just about every circumstance. Feel free to adjust the list for the conditions of the walk and the abilities of your party. For example, a day walk on an easy, well-trod, popular track in good weather means that you could leave out the hat (or balaclava), waterproof trousers, emergency shelter, cord and emergency firelighting equipment.

Per person on a day walk:

Clothing Equipment
  • Boots or lightweight footwear
  • 1 or 2 pairs of socks
  • Gaiters or puttees
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers (wool, fleece or trackpants) or longjohns (wool or polypropylene)
  • Singlet or T-shirt (wool or polypropylene)
  • Shirt
  • Warm jacket or jersey (wool or polypropylene)
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Parker
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Day pack and packliner
  • Emergency shelter
  • Map and compass
  • Watch
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Cord
  • Pocket knife
  • Toilet paper
  • Water container
  • Water filter if appropriate
  • Emergency firelighting equipment
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Pocket survival kit

Per person on an overnight trip (add to above lists):

Clothing Equipment
  • Lightweight footwear
  • Spare socks
  • Spare thermal underwear
  • Spare underwear
  • Replace day pack with a proper pack
  • Extra packliner
  • Foam sleeping mat or air-mattress
  • Sleeping bag (and liner)
  • Bowl, plate, mug, knife, spoon and fork
  • Plastic bags
  • Matches and/or lighter
  • Spare torch bulb and batteries
  • Toilet gear and towel

Per person on a winter trip or one above the bushline (add to above lists):

Clothing Equipment (especially for trips onto snow)
  • Long thermal underwear (longjohns and vest)
  • Extra jersey, shirt or jacket
  • Extra socks
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Boots with fairly rigid soles
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip salve
  • Snow goggles or sunglasses
  • Possibly special equipment such as ice-axes or crampons

For the party as a whole:

Equipment
  • Tent and/or flysheet
  • Billies
  • Groundsheet (or each member can supply their own)
  • Frying pan or wok
  • Portable stove and fuel
  • Food and water containers
  • Pot cleaner and teatowel
  • Cord
  • Candles
  • First aid kit
  • Mountain Radio
  • 20-30 metres of lightweight rope
  • Mending kit for tent, clothing or equipment

 

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