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Adventurer Level Campcraft Journey

Equipment

What you need to take will depend on the area, climate, distance and a range of other factors. The lists below are a guide only and you should adjust it to suit the hike you are planning. Keep your own notes on what works and what doesn't. Take particular notes on items you forgot to take (remember next time) and things that you don't really need.

Some simple rules
  1. If you are buying some gear, buy the best you can afford. The quality will pay off in the long term!
  2. If you have a choice between two items, choose the lightest!
  3. Don't leave out or skimp on things important for your safety.
  4. Ask youself, can I do without it? If the answer is yes, leave it at home.
  5. Don't let Mum pack for you. It's your journey and you have to carry it!

Your Pack

A framed pack will enable you to carry all your gear with the minimum of discomfort, and it is essential that a pack fits properly and is comfortable. Your pack should have wide shoulder straps and a firm, padded hip belt. If you do not have access to a proper pack, there are a number available for hire contact the Regional Commissioner for Scouts for details.

Packing your Gear

Pack all your gear into your pack. Don't leave anything hanging on the outside. It may fall off and get lost and will probably rattle and jiggle about annoying both you and your companions.

Tips:
  • Write out a check list of the things you want to take and check them off as you pack.
  • Use a waterproof pack liner inside your pack to keep everything dry if it rains or otherwise gets wet. If you don't have a proper pack-liner, use a plastic bag.
  • Use more plastic bags to hold clothes and other things that must be kept dry. Be very careful to keep your sleeping bag very dry. This method of dry bags within dry bags makes absolutely sure your warm gear is kept dry.
  • Put the heavy items towards the top of your pack, close to your body. Lighter things and things you don't need to get at easily can go at the bottom.
  • Many packs have a separate compartment at the bottom for your sleeping bag.
  • It makes good sense to put things you may need to get at near the top. The top pocket is an ideal place for the things you have the get in a hurry, including your first aid kit.


Packing food

Pack dry foods in separate zip-lock bags. Use small plastic containers for wet foods like margarine and honey. Put the plastic containers in a good plastic bag to catch any accidental leaks.

How heavy is your Pack?

Your full pack with all food and gear included should not weigh more than 20% of your normal body weight.

Your weight (kg)

Max pack weight (kg)

20

4

25

5

30

6

35

7

40

8

45

9

50

10

55

11

60

12

65

13

70

14

75

15

80

16

85

17

90

18

95

19

100

20



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