Trekking Equipment

Along with being mentally and physically fit for the Kokoda Track, it is essential to pack the right trekking equipment to ensure that you will be able to hike the trail safely and comfortably. In most cases possessing the correct gear is more important than owning expensive gear.

To ensure an easy travel, a backpack is the most critical piece of equipment for the trek, anything from a 25L to a 70L backpack should be used depending on which tour you choose. You may need to bring cooking equipment and a tent depending on whether or not your tour offers these amenities. For sleeping purposes, an inflatable or foam mattress or a sleeping bag is recommended especially for the colder climate when trekking on top of the mountain ranges.

You should also make sure you bring toiletries including soap, tooth brush and paste, deodorant, a small mirror, razors, a small quick dry towel, a roll of toilet paper and antibacterial wipes or gel.  Other miscellaneous items that may be needed include tools to repair damaged trekking equipment such as needles, cotton, tape, string, glue, spare shoelaces, torches, batteries, spare plastic bags, a whistle, pocket knife, a compass and cash for buying any food or souvenirs along the trail as well as for paying  for the use of the campsites or guesthouses.

The clothing worn should include already broken in walking boots, a floppy hat to protect from the sun and rain, a quick dry shirt, socks, underwear, a poncho, a swimsuit, and fleeces and thermals for cool nights. Along with the right clothing, your trekking equipment should also include a first aid kit to guarantee proper maintenance and care of any cuts, blisters and abrasions.

Your first aid kit should include the basics such as a blister kit, band aids, bandages, gauze, and painkillers. It is better to be overly prepared than under prepared when dealing with medical emergencies. You may want to also consider bringing rehydration salts, allergy pills, anti-diarrhoea medication, antifungal cream, tissues, elastic bandages, anti-malarial medicine, anti-nausea tablets and antibiotic pills or cream.

In summing up you should make sure that all of your trekking equipment is waterproof and that your bag weighs no more than 12kg to 15kg. Try to avoid packing any unneeded items or too many of the one thing. It is also of the utmost importance to visit your doctor within two months prior to your trek in order to be certain that you are healthy enough for the physically gruelling journey.

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