Hiking Tips

These are things that I’ve come up with from personal experience. I’ll continue to ad more over time.

Preparing food

Write out a menu and list what you want to eat under each meal. For example:

Day 1

Breakfast: Muesli with powdered milk. Cup of tea.

Snacks: Dried fruit, jelly babies, cheese and biscuit snack packet.

Lunch: Protein bar. Popcorn packet.

Dinner: Uncle Ben’s Rice sachet, fruit cake, cup of milo.

What I do here is put everything into individual snap-lock bags and then altogether in a big snap lock bag (see photo below). If you are going on a multi-day hike, you can number the large bags day 1, day 2 and so on. If you are really anal you can write out a complete menu that stays in your pack. This is so you can look ahead and see what you’ve got planned for meals in the coming days. It saves you rooting around to find stuff if you need to use something from one of the large bags. Because I am totally anal, I also write out a mini menu so I have it on hand to remind myself how awesome my food is going to be when I finally arrive half dead at the campsite at the end of the day and how awesome it’s going to be in the days to come. Food becomes the MAIN focus of the journey very, very quickly!

I use powdered milk when I hike, that way I can just pour water into the snap-lock bag that the cereal is in and eat it straight from the bag. It saves washing up.

One day hiking provision

Safety

Take your licence, atm card and medicare card with you, but leave your wallet at home (it’s extra weight you don’t need). I photocopy my cards and leave a copy with my husband. You also need to write out an itinerary and mark your route on a map to leave with your family or someone you trust. If you’ve organised accommodation at the end of your hike, it’s a good idea to leave your itinerary and route with them too. Sometimes there’s no phone coverage, so you need to work out what you’re going to do incase of an emergency. I have a Spot device. I always carry a snake bite bandage, which you can also use for other stuff if you really need it.

Bits and Pieces

  •  Velcro sandals (I have a pair of Tevas). If your boots kill you, you can still hike in Velcro sandals. They are also really good for walking around camp at the end of the day and in the morning before you get going.
  • Duct tape. It’s heavy, so don’t take an entire roll. You can use it to stick up holes in stuff and even as a bandage and sling in an emergency.
  • Pocket knife. You need one of these, only a small one, but one that has a pair of tweezers. This is the one I’ve got.
  •  Boot laces. You can use these for a million things (replacing snapped guy ropes, clotheslines, tie downs on pack, etc), not just for boots and they weight barely anything.