Heading out for your first overnight hike into the wilderness? Helping a friend prepare to hike into the bush? Just really good at forgetting stuff? Our packing list for an overnight hike is your new best mate.

Packing List for an Overnight Hike

Optional items are italicised.


  • Hiking Pack (40 – 70L)
  • Pack Liner or Rain Cover
  • Dry Bag(s)
  • Mesh Organisers

Sleep System

  • Tent or Shelter
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat & Pump
  • Lightweight Pillow
  • Groundsheet
  • Sleeping Bag Inner Sheet

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  • Compass
  • Map & Track Notes
  • Waterproof Map Case & Pencil
  • GPS
  • Permits



  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Chafing Cream
  • Poo Kit
  • Women’s Sanitary Supplies


  • Hiking Boots or Trail Runners
  • Wool Hiking Socks
  • Thongs or Sandals for Camp
  • Gloves



  • Rainjacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Waterproof Gloves

Read more: 11 Best Rain Pants in Australia in 2023


Warm Weather

Lightweight wicking materials (not cotton).

  • T-Shirt or Shirt
  • Pants or Shorts
  • Underwear

Cold Weather

To add to warm weather clothing.

  • L/S Thermal Top (Wool)
  • Beanie
  • Fleece, Synthetic or Down Jacket
  • Thermal Leggings (Wool)
  • Gloves
  • Neck Buff

Other Stuff

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash

We’ve made a downloadable, printable version! Click the image below for the hi-res packing list.

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