Blue hiking bag

Overnight/Multi-Day Hiking Kit Checklist

The following is a generalised checklist for things you should consider bringing on a multiple day hiking trip. Items may or may not be required depending on the expected weather and accessibility of resources.


  • Overnight pack (50-70ltr)
  • Pack cover and/or internal liner
  • Dry bags/Stuff sacks (for clothing and perishables)


  • Map, laminated or protected in map case
  • Compass, oil filled
  • GPS device, if you have one
  • Notepad and pencil, for marking up maps


  • Tent, hammock or bivvy, rated to expected conditions
  • Tent floor/footprint
  • Tent poles and pegs
  • Sleeping bag, rated to expected conditions. Seal in plastic bag.
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow, compressed or inflatable


  • Hiking boots or shoes, sturdy and preferably water resistant
  • Sandals, for around the campsite
  • Water shoes, for river crossings


Broad suggestion only – These items are weather dependent and you may not need everything listed.

  • Hiking shirt and trousers
  • Trekking pants and/or shorts
  • Underwear, socks, and leggings
  • Thermals (shirt and/or pants)
  • Fleece or down jacket
  • Beanie or balaclava
  • Broad brimmed hat
  • Gloves

Helpful tips for planning your clothing:

  • Synthetic fabric is generally better as it is less likely to become water logged and will dry faster.
  • Jeans are not recommended as they are stiff, heavy, and can be very cold.
  • Wool and synthetic fleeces can retain warm properties even when wet. Down and synthetic analogues will clump and not provide insulation when wet.
  • Long pants can also protect skin from scratches, bites or stings.

Rain/Water Protection

  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Waterproof rain pants – only needed for very wet or very cold walks
  • Gaiters – optional for beginners

Don’t forget to let someone know your plans before you go!