These packing lists are general, always consider the weather, and any instructions from leaders.
As some guidance, we often see overpacking of unneeded things (i.e. 1 jumper, 1-2 shirts will do for an overnight!), but also missing essentials like 2L of water, rainjacket and sunscreen.
Please email the leaders any questions - we'll send a reply to everyone as others probably have the same question!
Hike Packing List
Scout Scarf (wear this)
Hike Pack: A hiking backpack is essential for carrying you gear in. Sizes of 50L and greater are suitable for scouts on overnight hikes. The group has a few packs that can be borrowed if need be – let us know if you would like one.
Tent (Provided): Typically 3 scouts will share a tent, with each carrying part of it. The group has tents for scouts to use, and we will organise sleeping arrangements. Normally scouts can expect to take one of: the tent, the poles and pegs, and the fly. This is a roughly equal weight split.
Sleeping mat: A foam roll sleeping mat or a self-inflating mattress are good lightweight options for sleeping on. It may not always be possible to clear and smooth the ground where you are sleeping so these are a necessity.
Sleeping bag. Can be supplemented with thermals if you're not sure if it's warm enough.
Pillow is not required - we stuff spare clothes into sleeping bag-bag. Small inflatable is OK if willing to carry.
Stove (Provided): These will generally be Trangia alcohol stoves.
Fuel (Provided): Make sure you have enough fuel to last you for all the time you need to cook!
Matches: keep these in a zip-lock plastic bag to keep them dry at all times.
Pocketknife: Good for chopping for cooking!
Washing up gear: A small bottle of concentrated detergent, sponge cloth and small tea towel is all that is needed to clean up after meals.
Water: Total Two Liters, filled up (Essential). 1L (juice) bottles are good as these don’t take up much room, and can be used to help balance your pack. Also useful is a small 5-600mL bottle to keep close to hand for drinking out of on the way.
First Aid Kit: You only need to take a small first aid kit, containing: a few Bandaids, 1 Roller bandage, 1 Triangular bandage, Stingose, etc.
Any personal medication
Torch: A headlamp or small torch. No giant maglites or dolphin torches!
Personal hygiene gear: Toothbrush, near-empty or small tube of toothpaste, sunscreen, aerogard (roll-on or small, not big)
Trowel and toilet paper: A small plastic trowel and a ½ to ¾ used roll of toilet paper. Can re-roll to save space.
Plastic bags: A couple of these for putting dirty/wet clothes in and carrying your garbage in.
Clothing: Try not to take too much, as this can add unnecessary weight to your pack.
Hat: Crushable, full brim hats are the best. Either bucket, brim or legionnaires - no baseball cap (needs neck protection!)
Undies: A clean pair for each extra day. Thermals are optional.
Socks: A clean pair for each extra day.
Shorts: Are comfortable for hiking in. One pair to wear, one spare is good for 2 night hikes.
Shirts: One short sleeve, and one long sleeve, with collars.
Trackpants: Essential for cool evenings and mornings. No Jeans are particularly hike unfriendly, so leave them at home.
Jumper: Light/thin in summer. Woollen is better, to keep you warm at night, or if it’s cold.
Raincoat: To keep you and your pack dry. (No Japara, Soft-shell)
Food (Provided/Pre-Planned): Planning the menu is part of the group preperation
Snacks Snack packs and bars and are good to have at stops, but try to limit your sugar intake, as sugar doesn’t sustain energy like carbohydrates. Please don't go overboard!