142-Day Hiking-what to pack

Show notes

It’s Saturday morning and the weather is perfect so you decide to head off to a local National Park with friends to do a hike. Nothing complex, but it’s more than just a 20 minute walk and you may or may not have a phone signal so you start thinking about what you will take with you. This hike won’t require any overnight equipment such as a tent or sleeping bag but you’re not really sure what you should take. This is where it can get confusing – take too little or take the wrong things and you may not be comfortable. Take too much and the result is the same.

So what should you take on a day hike?

Podcast overview

In this episode we talk about what to take on a day hike. This includes:

  • Things to consider
    • Length of hike
    • Purpose of the hike
    • Terrain
    • The weather
    • Catering options
      • Simple
      • Cooking e.g. tea/coffee
    • Water
      • Carry or filter, or both
  • Equipment
    • Do you need anything special?
    • Clothing
      • General overview
      • Long versus short
    • Footwear
      • Shoes
      • Socks
      • Gaiters
    • What’s on your back
      •  The pack
      • Water storage
      • Camp kitchen
        • Prepacked versus cooking
        • Cooking
      • Tools
      • Compass (and map-sometimes)
    • First aid kit
    • PLB / satellite communication
  • Optional
    • Trekking poles
    • Water filter
    • Reading glasses
    • Camera

In our next episode, episode 143, we catch up with Mickey and Michelle who are hiking the 3,000 km Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. We find out how their journey has gone so far since we caught up with them just prior to starting their journey in episode 124 and as they make their way towards the finish.

Gill and Tim's Gear lists

The following gear lists are Gill and Tim’s individual day hiking lists. Use these as a starting point for putting your own kit together:

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