Heading out for your first overnight jaunt 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.

We’ve made it downloadable and printable so you can take it with you! Scroll to the bottom of the article to grab your copy.


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

Eatin’ ‘N’ Drinkin’



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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

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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Bag packed, now where are ya headin’?

Top 5 Overnight Hikes Near Melbourne

Storming the Castle // An Overnight Raid on the Budawangs (NSW)

Camping On Top Of Mount Solitary // Blue Mountains (NSW)

Hidden Cave Camping // Girraween National Park (QLD)