YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY
What to wear and/or Carry
The list below can be modified depending on the nature of the walk and the time of year.
If you have any queries about requirements for a particular walk, contact the walk leader
- Solid walking boots
Good grip, worn-in & comfortable. Sneakers have little grip and can be slippery, but may be suitable for some c-grade walks.
- ¾ length waterproof rain jacket with hood
Showerproof spray jackets & quilted parkas are not waterproof & create a real danger of hypothermia (lowering of core body temperature to dangerous levels)
- Warm jumper of wool or polyester fleece
Cotton shirts (while great in summer) & windcheaters have minimal insulation when wet & retain water. Wool and polyester provide greater protection from heat loss in cool conditions
- Shorts or loose, comfortable wool/synthetic pants
Jeans are not suitable as they are cold & heavy when wet
- Wide brimmed sunhat & sunscreen
Think about your ears, face and neck. Sunglasses with strap
Be sun smart!
- Woollen beanie & gloves
If you have to stop in the bush, you will get cold
- Wrist watch
Someone needs to keep track of the time!
- Map & Compass
Make sure you know how to use both of them!
- Mobile Phone/communication system
Will your mobile phone work? Telstra phones have the best range in the bush, but not everywhere. You may consider other communication systems for more remote areas
- Water, minimum 2 litres
This is per person, per day.
On our C-grade walks, we stop for afternoon tea. Bring a nutritious snack & a piece of fruit. On B-grade walks, take a snack for morning tea, plus something for lunch & perhaps a thermos for a hot drink
- Medical information & contact details
Details need to include person’s name, address, date of birth and contact details, relevant medical history and records of medications currently taken/ medical management plans to follow, and an emergency contact while on the walk
- First aid / Emergency kit
Per person: sunscreen, band aids, 2x roller bandage, 1x triangular bandage, blister protection, and 5 metres Venetian blind cord (or similar)
- A whistle on a neck cord
3 blasts for the lost, 1 for rescuer
- A quality day pack
Comfortable harness & padded hip strap
- Optional extras
Thermal top & bottom, waterproof over-trousers.
Gaiters (depending on terrain, but useful in grassy or prickly conditions to protect your lower legs), camera (with spare battery), sit-on foam mat.