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#1 Ryl4nd99

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:34 AM

So I'm planning a hike/day trip for me and three mates in the bush. It's winter here so it could get pretty cold (about 5 degrees celsius) and I'm wondering what I should pack. I have the basics like:

Jacket

Knife

First Aid kit

Radio

Rope

Meal and other food

Fire starting gear (matches, firelighters etc)

Gloves

Beanies

 

Remember, it's only a day trip so nothing too overboard, but suggest to me if I've missed anything. Also, it's not a hunting trip, so guns aren't being taken.

 


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#2 DStevenson

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:12 AM

Cell Phone!

If the idea was to stay away from them I understand, but then just shut it off and put it deep in your backpack.  A good form of communication for help is a necessity in my book.


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#3 Quietmike

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:13 AM

I'd add a small tarp or poncho for some weather protection in case you get stuck out there a while. Also some signalling gear to augment the fire starting gear. A whistle and signal mirror are light, and don't take up much room, but can be literal life savers.

 

Also a canteen, but that might be included with your food


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#4 pira114

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:25 AM

Water purification should always be in a pack. Day hike or otherwise. That can be a container that you can boil it in, purification tabs, purification straw, or even a few ounces of bleach if all else fails. You get caught out there, you're gonna need water. The tabs and straw are small and light enough that there's really no weight penalty in the pack

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:28 AM

Oh and do you have a map, compass, GPS? Know how to use them? We've found lost day hikers less than 100 yards from a highway who had given up hope. Don't know the terrain you'll be in, or how well you know it, but getting lost is fairly easy depending on skill level

#6 AaronK

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 11:11 AM

Sun protection. Take it from a guy who just fried climbing to Camp Muir this weekend.

#7 Ryl4nd99

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 03:23 PM

Haha, thanks guys, didn't realise I'd forgotten so much... :cool:



#8 mangeface

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:10 PM

Small shovel for cat holes (defecating in) and baby wipes. Baby wipes double for both cleaning hands or what else and wiping your ass.

Also, and I'm notorious for this, don't forget a camera.
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