Hike Packing Checklists

Now available as digital downloads

Regardless of your level of fitness, there are some essential items you should always carry in your pack for your own safety when hiking. I have provided a more detailed information under preparing your pack but wanted to summarise what I believe to be the minimum items you should carry on both day and overnight adventures.

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Day Hike Checklist Trail Hiking Australia

Day Hike Checklist

This one-page checklist covers the Ten Essentials that should be considered as a standard inclusion in every day pack.

Download, print and get packing.  


Overnight Hike Checklist Trail Hiking Australia

Overnight Hike Checklist

As well as including the Ten Essentials, this two-page checklist provides a detailed overview of all items that should be considered on overnight or multi-day hikes.

Download, print and get packing.

Hiking Guides Australia

Hiking Guides

There are now five guides in the series covering everything from beginner basics through to skills, safety, navigation techniques and hiking gear.


Ideally, unless you are an ultralight hiker, pack weight should be between 13-15 kg + 0.5 kg of food per day.

Major items of overnight camping equipment can be borrowed or hired until you decide exactly what you need. Specialist hiking shops hire equipment and can also help with advice. Many clubs have equipment available for hire to members. Sharing equipment between walkers can considerably lighten your load.

Taking care to clean, dry and air equipment after a hike as it will increase its reliability and lifespan.

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