PREPARING FOR A MULTI-DAY HIKE

If you’ve ever been interested in doing a backpacking trip or have started looking into doing a multi-day backpacking trek across a mountain range or through, chances are that you’ve realized just how many choices are carefully made throughout the entire planning process.

Multi day hikes are an amazing opportunity to get out into nature, spend time with others or by yourself without distractions and challenge yourself. I’m not going to lie, a lot of work goes into planning a multi day hike as it is important to be prepared as you won’t be in close contact with those that can help straight away or a 7 eleven around the corner.

If you are like us, when we started planning our first multi day hike we had all sorts of questions; what do we need to take, how much food, how much water, how much weight and just what are the cheapest but best gear opinions. This is our guide to help you answer those questions and get your prepared to tackle the off-beaten track.

First, ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • How long will this realistically take me?
  • Am I fit and healthy enough to complete this hike with a pack?
  • Do you feel confident doing the trek alone or with those joining you? i.e. do you feel equipped to be able to handle an emergency situation?
  • What is the weather going to be like?
  • Will there be animals or other obstacles that I need to think about?

RESOURCES:

These are the resources we used to prepare our packing list (need to add food), adding/taking out cold weather as needed:

All of these lists and purchased items are based on our own research and opinions. After testing everything out we were very happy with all of our purchases. We didn’t feel as though we were missing anything. Additional purchases since the original post are marked.

WHAT TO WEAR?

Hike through Blue Mountains

Through a lot of research and testing out at different occasions at REI and MEC we decided on the following clothing, boots and backpack.

 TEANTODD
BackpackGregory Jade 53 – PurpleOsprey Atmos 50
Water BladderZomake 3L Camelback 2L
BootsAhnu MontaraLowa Renegade GTX Mid

Pants
White Sierra ConvertibleColumbia Silver Ridge Convertible
HatOutdoor Research Bucket Hat Sunday Afternoons Cruiser Hat – Sand
Rain Jacket Rivers RainbusterMarmot Precip Jacket
Bag CoverProvided with backpackOsprey Ultralight – M

WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?

Our tent set up on Moreton Island

Between our backpacks we split the following gear:

ITEMBRANDWEIGHT (KG)
Sleeping BagMarmot Trestles -11C2.0
TentWeavas 3p2.23
Pots/stoveSnowpeak Personal Cooker 3 0.60
Flashlight/headlampSpright Lantern 0.20
Compression SackOutdoor research – 15L0.10
Water PurificationSaywer Mini 0.13
StoveEtekcity w/ piezo ignition0.14
First Aid kit Oumers    0.11
Multitool Gerber Suspension MultiPlier0.25
Trowel Coglans0.05
Tent FootprintOutad Waterproof0.38
Inflatable PillowNaturehike inflatable0.08
Sleeping PadThermarest lite sol (Small 130cm)??

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?

Our gear prepacked before our multi-day Sunshine Coast hike

All of the above, plus the following in our backpacks:

EACHTOGETHER
Polypropolene mugSunscreen
Stainless Steel Utensils
(Fork/Knife/Spoon)
Spare batteries
Merino thermal
long underwear
Dish Soap
Wool socks (2 pairs)Dish Scrubber
Underwear (2 pairs)Ziplock Bags
T-shirt (1 extra)Toilet Paper
FoodButane fuel
WaterPlastic Bags
ToothbrushesHand Sanitizer

HOW MUCH FOOD TO PACK?

Some of our food before our Sunshine Coast hike

From our research the below are the main points and tips to keep in mind when deciding what to pack. From the below we packed 4L of water (3L in bladder and 1L in plastic bottle for Gatorade) and about 2kg of food each for 2-3 days.

  • 3000 – 4000 calories per day = 450-900g
  • Plan 3 meals per day + snacks
  • Measure and package meals individually (ziplock bags are great for this)
  • Buy instant foods for dinner (just add water) and pre-package lunch (so don’t have to unpack on the trail.
  • Drink 3.8 L of water per day

MEAL PLAN:

This is a meal plan of what we took for each day and what we packed.

BREAKFASTLUNCHDINNERSNACKS

Up’n’Go
Rolls
Canned Beans

Salami sticks

Bananas

Salami

Instant Potato

Trail Mix

Dry Cereal

Mustard & Mayo

Instant Noodles

Protein bars
 
Ham

Instant peas

Gatorade powder
  
Instant Soup

Crackers
   
Peanut butter