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Setting Out

The difference in climate across Australia is huge. Northern Australia is hot and humid, the inner hot during the day and cold at night, while the alpine region can be cold, wet and windy or even snow covered several months of the year.

It is therefore imperative to be well prepared for the worst conditions which may arise.


I've created a list below of the gear I generally pack on any extended hike. When packing you should consider the weather, season and conditions in which you are hiking. It's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

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| Clothing |

Change of socks for each day
Change of underwear for each day
One additional change of socks & underwear
Thermal underwear (bottom and top)
Windproof/waterproof jacket
Windproof/waterproof pants
Trousers (convertable to shorts)
Two short sleave shirts (you can dry one while wearing the other)
Fleecy jumper
Gloves/mittens
Beanie
Sunvisor
Sunglasses
Solid walking boots (ankle-high, waterproof are ideal)
Sunscreen


| Food & Cooking |

Gas stove & fuel
Trangia or other cooking pots
Matches/lighter
Spoon
Pocket knife
Water bottles (you could drink up to 2 litres per hour)
3 meals per day (Salt & Pepper will help everything taste better)
Snacks (chocolate, nuts, dried fruit)
Scourer to clean
Plastic bags to carry your trash out
Mosquito Repellant


| Camping & Sleeping |

1,2,3-4 season tent
Sleeping bag suitable for conditions (it could get below zero even in summer)
Thermarest or sleeping matt
Torch
Toilet paper
Plastic spade to dispose of human waste (see notes below)


| Survial |

Mobile phone (not all networks will have coverage)
Compass
Whistle
Illumination stick
Watch
Topographic Maps
First aid kit


| My bag is too light... |

Down Jacket
Camera
Pack of cards
Book
Altimeter/Themometer watch


| Waste |

The absolute best way to ruin the camping experience of those who come after you is to leave your shit behind after you (literally and metaphorically). I don't know how many times I've discovered an ideal camp/eating site only to find garbage lying around. Food scrapes will take months to decompose. Ideally, everything you carry in you should carry out (especially if it's not going to decompose). If you just can't stand the thought of carrying your own crap out with you then ensure you bury it. Anything buried should be in a hole at least 15cm deep and at least 50 metres from any water source. Remember, whatever you leave behind, other people are going to find.