Take Sufficient Supplies

Take sufficient supplies

Make sure you have enough food, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.

If you ask any New Zealand adventurer they’ll tell you what should be in your pack, here’s a simple list of things we recommend you take. Of course, this list will change depending on where you might be going, how long you’re going for and the weather forecast, but use this as a minimum guide. 

Clothing 

  • Good quality solid footwear –our tracks can be rough so wear closed toe sturdy footwear that you find comfortable – jandals/thongs/slippers aren’t a good idea on New Zealand tracks.
  • Layer your clothing, but don’t wear cotton – thermals/fleece are a great idea because they stay warm when wet. Leave your cotton behind (this includes jeans) as it won’t keep you warm when its wet. Expect to get wet walking/hiking in New Zealand.
  • A rain jacket is essential, if you’re lucky enough to not need it then that’s a good thing, but always take one just in case (even in summer).
  • Warm hat and gloves – even in summer Kiwi trampers never leave home without these.

Helpful hint:

Always test your equipment before you leave. There aren't user manuals or spare batteries in the bush.

Food and water

  • Plenty of water – unless you find a stream or walk past a hut you won’t find water so take enough for a full day out.
  • Enough food to last an extra night out or an emergency situation.

Hanging gear out to dry - Nathan W

Survival Essentials

  • A small survival kit – include a head torch and first aid kit (with any medication you might need), you may not use this but it’ll be a great resource if something goes wrong
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Shelter

 

What to take in a survival kit

Each person should carry the recommended items in a waterproof container. If you are going on a long trip, or to a very isolated place, you may decide to carry a more comprehensive first aid kit, although you do need to keep your pack weight down. Discuss your requirements with a chemist.

A standard group first aid kit will include:

  • Alcohol wipes (10)
  • Tweezers
  • Betadine for grazes
  • Low-reading clinical thermometer
  • Crepe bandages (1x10 cm; 1x15 cm)
  • Saline (30 ml)
  • Triangular bandages cloth (2) (sterile)
  • Pain relief (e.g. Paracetamol)
  • Plastic strip dressing (10–12 bandaids) 
  • Antihistamine cream (10)
  • Dressing strip
  • Diarrhoea treatment (e.g. Diastop/ Imodium)
  • Non-adherent sterile dressings (3 large)
  • Gastrolyte sachets (4) (for replacing salts lost from diarrhoea or vomiting)
  • Gauze dressings (6)
  • Chemical cooling/warming packs Wound dressing (size 14)
  • Fine, strong thread for removing rings
  • Wound dressing (size 15, sanitary pad)
  • Disposable CPR face shield
  • Sticking tape (1 roll)
  • Safety pins
  • Butterfly closures (1 pouch)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Notebook   
  • Pencil
  • Disposable gloves
     

You'll need one of these for the group.

 

A standard "Individual" first aid kit will include:

  • Crepe bandage (100 mm)
  • Pain relief (e.g. Paracetamol)
  • Triangular bandage cloth (sterile)
  • Antihistamine tablets (3–6)
  • Plastic strip dressing (6–10 bandaids)
  • Sunscreen
  • Dressing strip
  • Lip balm
  • Non-adherent sterile dressings (2 or 3 of various sizes)
  • Disposable CPR face shield
  • Gauze dressings (2 or 3)
  • Notebook Sticking tape (1 roll)
  • Pencil
  • Safety pins
  • Insect repellent
  • Scissors
  • Personal medication
  • Disposable gloves 
  • Ziplock bags for used bandages

 

Each person should carry the recommended items in a waterproof container. If you are going on a long trip, or to a very isolated place, you may decide to carry a more comprehensive first aid kit, although you do need to keep your pack weight down. Discuss your requirements with a chemist.

 

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