When the fishbowl gets too small, it's time to pack up and leave and jump into the lake or ocean. - Travie McCoy

Pack List

General Pack List

A standard list of what you will likely need on a multi-day hike. Scroll down to see additional items for specific hikes.

Personal equipment

  • Backpack (40–60 liter size)

  • Waterproof/plastic pack liner

  • Sleeping bag (suitable for the season)

  • First aid kit (including bandaids, tweezers, insect repellent, sunscreen, blister kit, antihistamine, personal medication)

  • Navigation (map, compass)

  • Water (at LEAST 2 liters of water per person, per day)

  • Kitchen (knife, fork, spoon, plate, cup, pot/pan, cleaning kit, trash bag)

  • Matches or lighter in a waterproof container

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper)

  • Flashlight, headlamp, and spare batteries



  • Camera

  • Ipod & earphones

  • Portable speaker

  • Earplugs

  • Trekking poles


Additional equipment in cold weather

  • Wool or fleece layers

  • Light mittens / waterproof gloves

  • Overpants (thin, water and windproof pants you put over your normal pants)


Additional equipment in hot weather

  • Extra water

  • Sweatbands



  • At least two sets of clothes (one for walking, one for night)

  • Hiking shoes (broken in)

  • Socks (wool)

  • Shirt (wool)

  • Raincoat (make sure it's waterPROOF, not water repellent)

  • Hat and sunglasses

  • Extra socks, underwear, shirt/lightweight jersey



  • Gaiters for wet, boggy areas or river crossings

  • Lightweight shoes for inside the huts



Only bring food that is lightweight, easy to cook, and high in energy. For example:

  • Breakfast: cereal/porridge/oats, firm bread, honey

  • Lunch: crackers, cheese, salami, jam/jelly, dried fruit

  • Dinner: instant soup, pasta or rice, dried vegetables or fruit, cheese or dehydrated (freeze-dried) meals.

You'll also need water, snacks, biscuits, muesli bars, tea or coffee, powdered fruit drinks, and emergency food in case of any delays on the route.

*Specific Food List (if you’re lazy)

Breakfast – porridge, sugar, dried milk, coffee.

Lunch: bacon and roasted vegetable sandwiches.

Dinner: pesto & parmesan pasta with salami, hot chocolate with a little plastic bottle of spirits.

Snacks: popcorn, nuts, fruity kids snack things.

Specific Pack Lists

Here you will find our pack lists for the specific hikes we’ve been on – it’s what we thought we should bring, plus what we realized we should have brought later… might save you from frostbite, starvation, soggy toes, death, missing your morning coffee, or who knows what!


The Routeburn Track

Hiking clothes: good quality, waterproof hiking boots and jacket, fleece, t-shirt, hiking pants, thermals, rain pants, beanie, gloves, woolen socks + extra socks, peak hat

Hut clothes: hut shoes, warm clothes to sleep in, down jacket, warm socks


Cooking: pot, cup/bowl, spork, cleaning liquid (the all-around stuff is good for dishes/shower/hands etc), zip-lock bags & containers for food, waterproof matches


Food*: breakfast, lunch, dinner, protein snacks, coffee, sugar, powdered milk, chocolate or trading items (you’ll understand once you’re in the hut and want to trade your protein bar for some chips or chocolate)


Accessories: pack liner, water bottle, sleeping bag, walking sticks (very useful! not just for oldies. having said that the ‘oldies’ we saw on the track whizzed right past us without any assistance while we were huffing and puffing), headtorch, sunglasses (DON’T bring the good ones), leatherman or good pocket knife, first-aid kit (include a couple of aspirin, codral, nausetil etc.. might save the trip. and tons of good blister bandaids), camera with waterproof case (ziplock bag will do), iPod & headphones, toiletries incl tp, sunscreen & insect repellent, small towel, wallet/passport/phone (do not leave in the car!)


The Liverpool Hut

Same as above, but since one of the huts doesn’t have a stove, and the track is a bit steeper/ more dangerous with less hikers, add: stove, fuel canister, emergency tarp/shelter and an emergency beacon that can be hired from the Wanaka DOC.


The Rees Dart Track

Same as Liverpool Hut. Add an extra pair of dry socks.


Mt Solitary

Same as Liverpool Hut. Add a tent, bedroll, and a LOT of water (you have to carry it all in) – at least 2L per person per day.

Jasmine Ayla is a free-lance writer, traveler and amateur photographer based out of Maui, Hawaii, USA.

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