Packing for an overnight bushwalk

I reckon overnight or extended trips into the bush are a little like flying business class (not that I do that a whole lot!). It can take you ages to finally get there, but once you’ve tried it – you never want to go back. It all comes down to taking the right things and packing them in a smart way. Here’s my simple how to pack for an overnight hike video. I hope you find it helpful.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the early bushwalking pioneers like Dot Butler, Myles Dunphy or Marie Byles. They used to throw an old pillowcase over their shoulder and sleep under newspaper whilst lying on bracken fern. So although I’d like to think that I’m not a princess, when there’s an option to be a whole lot warmer and comfy, snuggled inside a sleeping bag and under a fly or in a tent, I’m going to take it.

The big hurdle to get over when planning your first overnight trip, is all about gear. What to take and how to pack it.

The key things to consider are:

  • weight
  • bulk/size
  • is it multi-purpose?
  • do you really need it?
  • can you share?
  • safety

Trust me, the lighter your pack – the more you’re going to enjoy yourself.

Download my simple overnight packing list here!

And for when you’re wanting to take the bigger step into extended walks, here’s a copy of my Lotsafreshair Packing List from my 6 day Kiandra to Kosciusko trip, including weights, that you can download and edit to suit you.

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  1. says

    Nice video Caro. Welcome to the Australian outdoor bloggers.

    Have you ever tried to pack your sleeping bag loose and have it fill the gaps and have you other gear protected by it? It’s a bit of an ultralight weight way which I think really works well. It’s worth an experiment.


    • says

      Thanks Geoff. That’s a nice idea for space saving with your sleeping bag, as long as there’s another way of waterproofing it. I’ve got another video coming up soon about how to waterproof your pack, so stay tuned!

      • Geoff says

        To waterproof I put everything in a cuben liner bag that’s sealed and has a roll top. Everything stays dry. If the tent or tarp is wet (or shell) it goes in on the outside of the liner bag. Works like a treat and you save the weight of all those stuff sacks (it adds up :) ).

    • says

      Hi Carlos. I use bog-standard gardening gloves that I bought at the local supermarket. They are fabric around the back of the hand with rubber around the front. As I do a lot of off-track walking, these are great for protecting your hands when pushing through scrub. I find the rubber helpful when coming down steep slopes to grab a hold of trees.

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