Make sure you have enough food, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario.

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.

Watch and learn what basics to take




  • Good quality solid footwear – our tracks can be rough, so wear sturdy shoes or boots with good tread on the sole that is comfortable to wear – jandals/crocs/slides aren’t a good idea on most New Zealand tracks.
  • Layer your clothing, but don’t wear cotton – wool, fleece and polypropylene fabrics are a great idea because they stay warm when wet. You should expect to get wet while in New Zealand's outdoors. Cotton and denim pull heat from your body when wet, which can lead to hypothermia, so unless you need to cool down due to extreme temperatures, leave these behind.
  • A waterproof layer is essential to reduce how wet you might get.
  • A windproof layer will help your body to battle wind chill, which can be a significant factor in New Zealand.
  • Warm hat and gloves – even in summer, Kiwi trampers never leave home without these.

Watch how to layer clothing for the outdoors

Food and water

  • Take enough water to last the day - unless you know that you'll find a stream, or walk past a hut, you'll need to take enough for the trip. For most tramps, 2L per person is a good place to start.
  • Bring enough food to last an extra night out or an emergency situation. Read our blog on spare meals via Backcountry Cuisine.
Watch how to pack food an water


No matter how short your intended adventure is, you should always carry basic equipment to help you if something goes wrong. A basic overview of the kinds of items you need to consider for any trip in the outdoors is covered in our video

Take the basics to keep you comfortable and safe

What you take with you will make a big difference if something were to go wrong such as getting lost, delayed or injured.

Multiday Tramping Essentials:
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Headtorch
  • Emergency Communications Device (Beacon)
  • Warm Clothing (Not Cotton)
  • Warm Hat and Gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Water and Food
  • Emergency Shelter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map and Compass or GPS
  • Packliner + Pack
  • Whistle
  • Walking Poles
  • Cooker, Fuel, Utensils
  • Toiletries and personal medication
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent
  • Hut / Campsite Booking

  pdf Basic Gear List for outdoors pdf – 207 KB

What to do next

Continue your preparation with our online resources, there is still plenty to learn to ensure for a safe and enjoyable trip!

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