Thus begins my blog, for the second time round. The following post covers what to carry for a day hike to be completely prepared. The list covers mandatory and suggested extras, I am a very “prepared” person, you will see this when you read a bit more below.
So you have begun thinking about camping and hiking, you’ve gotten excited you have found a place to go, you have started packing and suddenly you realise, I have no idea what needs to go in this pack…
Take a deep breath, and hold, this will help you with your altitude training. While I’m kidding, (it will help though) you might find it easier to read what I have put together as a list that people can use to check against. Before you scoff, I have been doing this since I was a Cub Scout, and yes I’ll admit, I dibbed and dobbed but I still use a list to check fifteen years later, because otherwise, you end up on the top of North Jawbone peak without toilet paper. For me last week; it was a tea-towel, You should be so lucky!
To begin I would recommend Day hikes, this gets you used to walking with some weight, some gradient and some distance without slamming you with all three at once followed by no choice but to do exactly the same again the next day. By doing day hikes, you can still experience the scenery and most of the same breath-taking views, without having to “Dig a hole” or carry a pack up a mountain to stay the night. They are also less equipment intensive, which means you can decide if you like spending time outdoors before spending too much money on gear.
For a day hike, I would recommend packing and checking the following:
I plan to create a link for pretty much everything below, but give me time…
The Mandatory items and checklist:
- Make sure that you have appropriate footwear (No, thongs are not “appropriate in summer”)
- Carry enough water, plus a little more and a snack, Muesli bar and/ or Mars bars are great.
- Sun-Screen; Definitely apply before Hiking anywhere in Australia even if you don’t carry it.
- Know the weather forecast; re-evaluate on the day. The BOM doesn’t have a shiny track record.
- Always carry wet weather gear, no matter how hot and sunny it feels. (Obvious exceptions apply)
- Always carry a Basic First Aid Kit
- Do not walk alone. Ever.
- Make the Slowest walker stay in front (This keeps the group together)
- Tell somebody who is not going with you, where you are going. This can be a good time to call your Mother, as you are most likely going out of phone service soon!
Some precautionary/non-mandatory extras:
- Carry a Head Lamp / Torch (In case you get stuck out later than you mean to)
- Compass (Know how to use it!)
- Bug repellent
- Carry a Map or stay on marked trails (Later, when doing less walked routes, carrying a map is a mandatory not just a good idea!)