7. Clothing and equipment

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There is a lot to consider with clothing and equipment.

First think about function and safety. Then consider weight. This will help with choosing gear.

A full kit, including everything you may wear and carry for any situation, might comprise:

  • Pack and pack liner
  • Shelter - a tent or bivy bag, or a tarp, pegs and emergency blanket for use as a groundsheet.
  • Sleeping - Sleeping pad, sleeping bag and silk liner
  • Clothes for upper body - short sleeve top (mostly to walk in), long sleeve top, (mostly for camp), fleece, waterproof jacket, woollen hat, sun hat, gloves
  • Clothes for lower body - shorts, waterproof trousers, long johns, 2 pairs of socks, boot or shoes
  • food and water-related equipment - stove, pot, fuel, spoon, water bottle, and/or hydration system, lighter or matches
  • Navigation and safety - maps, guidebook, compass, GPS, spare batteries, personal location beacon, torch
  • Repairs - duct tape, needle, dental floss (for teeth and thread)
  • Personal care - hand towel or cotton bandana, sunscreen, toothbrush and paste, toilet paper, sanitizing hand gel, first aid kit, plastic rubbish bag
  • Miscellaneous - money, credit/debit cards
  • Food and water - enough to get between resupply points
  • A trowel and/or poo pot - for thoughtful disposal of toileting waste. Please do not poo outside and leave it there for future walkers to encounter.
  • Dry bags for your sleeping bag and change of clothes

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