What to Bring

Blue Mountains Bushwalking Trip


by Ashley Burke

This equipment list is suitable for the types of bushwalking trips that I do in the Blue Mountains or elsewhere in New South Wales. Use this list as a guide of what to bring if you are coming on one of these trips.


This equipment list is suitable for the following types of trips:

This equipment list is NOT suitable for the following types of trips:

Please contact me directly if you are unsure of what to bring.

Equipment List


Item Comments Availability
Sleeping bag 4 season rating (May to September) or 3 season rating (October to April)  
Pack/Rucksack Try to pack everything inside. Avoid loose items strapped to outside of pack.  
Lightweight tent or tent fly and groundsheet. A small light tent. An alternative to a complete tent is a separate fly and groundsheet. Don't forget pegs. It may be possible to share. Contact me prior to the trip about sharing or borrowing a fly or tent if needed.
Foam mat or thermarest   I have a spare to lend
Waterproof rain coat   I have an old spare one to lend
Water bottle(s) Enough to hold 3-4 litres is required. Important as on many trips we will not always be camping by water.  
Torch A small head torch is ideal  
Fleece or warm jumper Depending on season  
Thermal underwear Top and bottom  
Walking shoes For further advice on walking shoes, contact me directly  

Cooking and eating utensils:

  • Billy
  • Plastic cup
  • Spoon
  • Pocket knife
  • Fork (optional)

We use campfires for cooking so this means you do not need to bring a stove.

A "billy" is a small aluminium pot which is used to cook over the fire.



Bring enough food for yourself for the duration of the trip. Normally everyone brings their own food unless specific arrangements to share food are made.

See food suggestions below for help on what sort of food to bring.


Shirt and shorts for walking in during the day


Additional warm clothes:

  • Beanie
  • Gloves
Winter months only  

Personal items:

  • Toilet paper
  • First aid

Keep to minimum. Do not use soap or anything that will pollute waterways. Hand sanitizer gel (that doesn't require water) is a good alternative to soap.

First aid kit must include as a minimum:

  • 1 x compression bandage (minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched)
  • band aids
  • Antiseptic cream or betadine

Also recommended:

  • Cotton wool balls
  • safety pins


Food Suggestions

It is normal practise for everyone to bring their own food for the trip. That way, each person can eat according to their own preferences and diet, and less time is spent organising communal food.

Below are some suggestions on the sorts of food that are suitable to bring on a bushwalking trip of up to 1 week in duration. These are suggestions only, based on what I normally take on a weekend walk. Everyone's tastes and diet are different, so feel free to make any changes to the list below based on your preferences. Also feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about what sorts of food to bring.

General Comments

Things to avoid:

On the other hand, food can be fun and easy to cook when camping, and it is possible to have good variety, including fresh foods, especially on shorter trips.









If you like to snack between meals then you can bring anything such as chocolate, nuts, biscuits, snack bars or other snack food.



Web page last updated 6 Mar 2009