7 essentials for your hiking trip in Australia

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Go hiking in Cradle House Mountain in Tasmania....this is truly an amazing experience.
Photo: Tourism Australia
 
Australia is an adventure lovers paradise. There are endless bushwalks and hiking tracks, camping and all kinds of outdoor activities awiting you. All you need to do is choose a location and choose what adventures you want. But before you set off exploring, you do need to pack 7 essentials into your backpack...so let's get started.

#1: Water bottle

Get yourself a light-weight water bottle that you can keep refilling and stay hydrated. Check the location where you’ll be hiking or camping for if they have refill water stations, bubblers or running streams, otherwise, be prepared to carry litres of water each day.
 
#2: Thermos

Buy yourself a quality lightweight thermos. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hiking in winter, summer spring or autumn, who doesn’t love a hot cuppa first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
 
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Recharge your batteries with a hot cuppa!
If you’re doing a bushwalk in the cooler months, that hot tea or coffee at lunch-time will go down like a dream. In saying that, the evenings get cold in the bushlands and national parks in summer, so your thermos will be your best friend in any season.
 
When you need a break and to recharge your batteries, knowing you’ve packed your thermos for a sneaky cup of tea or coffee will make your day.

#3: Hiking boots
 
Shoes should always be comfortable but when you’re hiking, it’s even more important to have super-comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking on uneven surfaces which can be slippery, so get yourself good all-terrain shoes.
 
Remember, you’ll be wearing your shoes all day, and up and down mountains and narrow walking tracks. And let’s face it, nothing’s worse than sore, tired and blistered feet. I recommend getting fitted in-store for your hiking boots so you know the exact make, size and style. From there, either buy them in-store or use the details and buy them online.
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These boots were made for walking ... so get yourself some comfortable ones

#4: Appropriate clothing for where you’re camping or trekking

Pack clothes that are appropriate for your hike. For instance, if it's summer, you’ll probably be wearing shorts and t-shirts rather than jeans. However, if you’re trekking in a bushy and thorny terrain, you may want long hiking pants to protect your skin from being scratched. (Otherwise that first aid kit will have to be used). The bottom line is that you need to pack quick dry, comfortable clothes that you layer so you can add more or take off depending on the weather.
 
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Pack light weight & quick dry clothes & swimmers.
 
A general guide of what to pack is:
  • a jumper and comfortable long pants/track pants for when the sun goes down (and the temperature drops).
  • socks, underwear and whatever you’re planning to sleep in.
  •  a hat irrespective of what season it is.
  • a rain poncho (these can be disposable).
  • a pair of thongs (or flip-flops for when your boots are off.
  • if it’s summer, pack some swimmers because there’s a good chance there’ll be some great swimming holes to take a refreshing dip.

 #5: First-Aid Kit
 
The very nature of hiking is that you go off the beaten track to explore new things. This means that you might suffer an injury from mirror bruises to severe sprains/ fractures. (And if you haven’t bought those quality hiking boots, you’ll no doubt be dealing with blisters and sore feet as well).
 
To prepare for your fabulous journey, pack a small travel first-aid kit which should include:
  • Paracetamol (or other pain killer)
  • Antihistamines creams and tablets (for bites, stings and allergies)
  • Band-aids and bandages
  • bug repellent and sunscreen
  • Antibacterial cream or ointment for cuts, burns and infections
  • Crepe bandages 
  • Small scissors for trimming gauze or bandages to size. 
    Tweezers for pulling out splinters
  • Antiseptic wipes to clean infections before dressing them.
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#6: Condense your toiletries(pack what you need into smaller containers)
 
Girls-hiking-and-having-an-amazing-time Look I’m not going anywhere without my moisturiser, cleanser, shampoo and lip balm but when space is a premium, you’re better off condensing your toiletries into small containers and bottles.

Really, you’re only away for a few days so you only need to pack for those days. Small travel containers can be bought at discount shops and department stores for a couple of dollars.


 
Also pack some wet-wipes (or baby wipes). There may be times when you may not be able to take a shower so at the very least, you can run a wet-wipe or two over your body and be semi-clean (and not so smelly for the day).

And did I mention packing a few rolls of toilet paper. We’ve all been to national parks and camp sites where the toilet paper is all used-up…and it is no laughing matter. So, be prepared for the emergencies and have your own stack of toot paper. You’ll be ‘relieved’ with this very handy advice.
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#7: Energy bars  

Energy bars are absolutely essential for your adventure. Hiking is hard work so you need to keep up your energy. Energy bars are lightweight and packed with carbohydrates, and will be a saviour when you’re totally famished! They comes in all kinds of flavours, are cheap and easy to find at the shops and supermarkets.

So, now that you know what to pack, it's time you start exploring your next adventure. I mean, we're bought these 7 essential items, and they're packed and ready to go...so where are you going?

6 tips on how to pack for your hiking trip in Australia

Girl-carring-a-backpack-while-hiking OK - so you've got your essential items. Now I'm going to share 6 tips on how to pack your backpack. I promise you'll thank me, and so will your back.
  1. Make a list and cross things out as you pack them into your backpack.

  2. Put heavy things at the bottom.

  3. You’ll save room and squeeze more in if you roll your clothes up rather than folding.

  4. Don’t pack what you don’t need. Leave the make-up and ballgown at home..there’s no use for it on this trip.

  1. If you’re packing any liquid items like hand sanitisers, moisturisers and sunscreens, pack them in ziplock plastic bags (or plastic containers). This way, if they spill, they won't destroy everything else in your backpack.

  2. ​Pack your sense of adventure - you're going to have an amazing time.

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So there you have it…the key is to keep your backpack light and only take what you really need. I mean seriously, when you’re hiking, you can leave the hairdryer, make-up and fancy clothes at home. They can be used for a different holiday.

Happy travelling.