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Overland Track Gear List

Multi Day Hiking Gear List

When I pack for a multi day hike, I tend to be very minimalistic in my approach, and try to pack as light as possible. I want to be carrying as little weight as possible. Packing for your hike is also quite a personal thing, and use this list only as a guide. You will most likely alter this list to fit your needs, but there are some bare minimums which you will need to consider.

I’ve broken this list down into sections to better help you organise yourself. Read on to see the full list.

Essential Gear

This list is the basics of your carrying and sleeping arrangement

RucksackObviously you are going to need something to carry your stuff in. 50 litre minimum. I use a 50  litre pack, but it has an option to expand 10 litres, however I rarely use this feature. The size of your pack also depends on the size of your gear (sleeping bag, tent, sleeping mat)
Pack coverTo keep everything dry when (not if) it rains
TentThis is essential, whether you are planning to stay in the huts or not. In my opinion it is a much better option than the huts. You will need a tent because: You may get caught out in bad weather and may not make it to the next hut The huts may be full The huts will be smelly and noisy You have alot more privacy
Sleeping bagAt least a 0 degree Celsius bag. if you have one that isn't rated this low, then perhaps think about getting a thermal sleeping bag liner. Down is the better option here too as it is much lighter and can compress very small
Sleeping matEssential not only for comfort, but also to give you extra insulation. The ground acts as a giant cold sink, and if you are lying on it, it will suck all your body warmth through it.


I try to reduce this as much a I can to save weight. I will happily go the entire walk without changing my clothes, except for my underwear and socks. You will fin more in-depth info on what clothing to take here.

Waterproof JacketInvest in this. It MUST be fully waterproof, and breathable
Waterproof pantsI usually don't carry these as my hiking pants are water resistant, but you on't need to spend as much on these
Moisture wicking top and pantsDo not wear cotton. When cotton gets wet it does not dry and it will be very cold
Thermals - top and bottomEssential, especially at night
Mid layer warm topAgain, not cotton. Fleece or merino is the go. Ideal to throw on when it gets a bit chilly
Warm outer layerFor when it gets cold at night. I use a down jacket and it doubles as my pillow!
Socks 3 pairsYour feet are the most important part of your body when hiking and fresh pairs of socks are a delight. Plus they take up minimal room in your pack. I use 1 pair of hiking socks and two pairs of liners, and rotate my liners evrey day
GlovesI generally don't bother with waterproof ones, but have a great pair of fleece ones, as fleece will stay warm when its wet and dry really fast
BeanieI love my beanies! And I hate cold ears
UnderwearTwo pairs, rotate every day
Thongs or CrocsTo wear around the camp and give your feet some time to relax


Here is a guide to everything you need in your camp kitchen. There are lots of different arrangements when it comes this, especially in your stove, pots and crockery selection, as some stove systems are essentially an all in one unit

StoveI use a Jetboil, an all in one cooking system that's compact and lightweight, and also boils a litre of water in just a couple of minutes
FoodYou gotta eat, right?
GasTo fuel your stove
Mug and bowlI use a STS X-Mug, which I think is big enough to also double as a bowl. The Jetboil also has a mug and bowl integrated into it
CutleryI use a Light My Fire Sport, which is a knife spoon and fork all in one
Pocket KnifeSharp knife for cutting things
PotsTo cook/boil water in. The Jetboil has one of these integrated in it
Water bottle or bladderI use a 3 litre water bladder inside my pack. Its great as it carries lots of water, which is useful for also carrying water back to your camp site. I also always carry a spare bottle in case of an unfortunate puncture
GlovesI generally don't bother with waterproof ones, but have a great pair of fleece ones, as fleece will stay warm when its wet and dry really fast
Cigarette lighter/waterproof matchesTo light your stove if it does not have starter

Other Gear

Other bits and pieces you may need

ToiletriesToothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap (wilderness wash is great, you can use it to wash EVERYTHING)
Insect RepellantI prefer to use something with DEET in it, but there are lots of natural alternatives
SunscreenI prefer to wear short sleeve tops and not hat, and put sunscreen on instead
First Aid KitIncluding a compression bandage, band aids, blister kits, tweezers
Paracetemol and IbuprofenShould by under First Aid Kit, but important enough to warrant a separate entry. Ibuprofen is great for swollen ankles
Washing clothTo wash your dishes
Hand SanitiserFor when you use the bathroom. The last thing you want is to get the runs
Pocket ShovelTo bury your deposits when nature calls
Toilet paper/baby wipesTo clean up after you have finished doing your business
Diary and penTo take notes
HeadtorchSo you can see what you are doing once the sun goes down
CameraThere are LOTS of photo oportunites on any bushwalk you do
Spare BatteriesIt is possible for your headtorch to turn on inside your pack, wasting all of your batteries
Trekking PolesI've never used them, but I've been told once you have use them you will never not take them again

Hopefully this list helps you decide on what to bring. Like I said, you will want to alter this to suit your needs, and this is just a guide.

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