Te Araroa Gear List

Here is my gear list of what I’m taking to New Zealand to hike the South Island section of Te Araroa in 2018. My base weight (total of that in the table below, minus what I’ll be wearing, and not including consumables – food/water/gas) is about 11.5kg. This is higher than I’d like it, but it’s what I’ve got. They say you carry your fears, and as you can probably tell from the table below, I’m scared of getting wet and cold. Given the characteristics of the trail I’ll be walking, I don’t think these fears are unfounded. But we’ll see.

Things like my daily contact lenses could be classed as consumables as the weight I’ll be carrying will decrease over time, but it’s 1-200g so I’m including them. Same goes for the paper maps.

It’s very similar to the gear I took for the Coast to Coast so my thoughts/rationale behind most of the items are in the C2C gear list. Some main changes:

  • Proper sandals (Teva) for my alternative pair of shoes, rather than the floppy canvas shoes I took for C2C
  • Leggings instead of a second pair of trousers
  • A long sleeve shirt replacing the third t-shirt
  • Warmer gloves
  • Different socks – DarnTough
  • Bigger first aid kit and repair kit to reflect the greater remoteness of this walk
AreaKitItem/brandWeight (g)
PackingBackpackOsprey Aura 651930
Packing4 dry bagsKarrimor/Alpkit276
PackingPlastic bag coverssandwich bags30
PackingPocket Handbag 53
PackingSleeping bag bag 10
SleepingTentTarptent Scarp 11479
SleepingSleeping matThermorest NeoAir X-lite347
SleepingSleeping bagAlpkit Pipedream 400840
SleepingSleeping linerTrekmates118
KitchenStoveAlpkit Koro133
KitchenPanAlpkit Mytipot 900122
KitchenCutlerySea to summit spork10
KitchenWater filterSawyer mini filter93
KitchenWater bottlesPlatypus/Gnoc/coke102
KitchenIgnitionAlpkit spark & lighter43
KitchenSmall sponge 5
ClothingWalking bootsInvov8 roclite 325650
ClothingSandalsTeva Fi Lite617
ClothingWalking trousersBerghaus356
ClothingWalking shortsColumbia176
Clothing3 x walking socksDarnTough/Hilly207
Clothinglong sleeve baseTrekmates198
Clothing2 x T shirtsSuperNatural200
ClothingMid layer jumperLowe Alpine274
Clothingdown jacketRab Microlight Alpine393
ClothingWaterproof coatMountain Equipment Manaslu475
ClothingWaterproof trousersBerghaus235
Clothing3 x pantsPatagonia105
Clothing2 x sports brasH&M144
ClothingHatMountain warehouse78
BathroomToothbrush 20
BathroomToothpaste 37
BathroomMoisturiser 62
BathroomBug spray 125
BathroomSuncream 50
BathroomContact lenses4 weeks160
BathroomGlasses + case 112
Compact (brush and mirror)
BathroomPeriod products4 weeks108
BathroomToilet roll 20
BathroomClothes wash & line 87
BathroomTrowelCoghlans Backpacker Trowel51
ElectronicsHeadtorchLenser SEO 5105
ElectronicsChargers 95
ElectronicsBattery packAnker 13000mAh254
ElectronicsPhoneHuwaei P10 + case189
ElectronicsGPS/satellite phoneGarmin inReach Explorer213
ElectronicsGoPro & spare batteryHero 4200
ElectronicsHeadphones 15
ElectronicsKindle 212
MiscPen knifeLeatherman Ps457
MiscTissues 26
MscFirst aid kit 141
Misc2 walking polesBlack Diamond482
MiscMaps 100
MiscCompass 38
MiscPen 7
MiscBatteries 35
MiscNeedle/thread/glue 11
MiscDuct tape 54
MiscMattress patch 5
MiscBug head net 13

Post edit: I wrote about how I got on with the gear here.

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