Preparing for overnighting in the bush involves careful consideration of gear and essentials to ensure you are safe and prepared for changeable conditions. If you're out in the backblocks to go hunting or you're there to enjoy the view here's our list of essentials for an overnight trip in the bush:

Hunting Gear:
You know your gear. Make sure it’s legal, well maintained, and you have all correct and valid permits and licenses. Your safety and the safety of others is paramount.


Clothing: Wear seasonally appropriate attire that meets the needs of the environment.
Insulating Layers: Base layers can save the day, even in the height of summer.
Rain Gear: Waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry in case of rain.
Quality Boots: Comfortable and waterproof boots suitable for the terrain.
Gloves and Hat: Protect your hands and head from the elements.

Shelter and Sleeping Gear

Tent or Tarp: If you’re not hitting a DOC hut you’ll need a lightweight and weather-resistant shelter for overnight stays.
Sleeping Bag: Choose a bag rated for the expected temperatures.
Sleeping Pad: Provides insulation and comfort on the ground.

Cooking and Food

Camp Stove: Lightweight stove for cooking meals.
Cookware: Pot, pan, and utensils for food preparation.
Food and Snacks: Pack lightweight, non-perishable options for energy.
Water Filtration: Ensure access to clean water by carrying a portable water filter.
Lightweight Water Storage: Flexible reservoirs take up little space when empty but hold great volumes when full.

Navigation and Communication

Map and Compass: Essential for safely navigating in unfamiliar territory.
GPS Device: Useful for tracking your location and marking waypoints.
Communication Device: In case of emergencies, carry a two-way radio or a satellite communication device.

Safety and First Aid

First Aid Kit: Include basic medical supplies for minor injuries.
Emergency Shelter: Compact emergency shelter in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Headlamp/Flashlight: Essential for visibility in low light conditions.
Firestarter: Waterproof matches or a lighter for starting a fire.

Personal Essentials

Knife: Multi-purpose knife for various tasks.
Multi-Tool: Handy for repairs and other tasks.
Backpack: Carry a durable and comfortable backpack to transport your gear.
Rubbish Bags: Pack out all waste to leave no trace.

Personal Hygiene Items:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and any other personal hygiene items you may need.

Game Processing Gear:
If hunting and you’re not carrying out your meat you’ll need to bring the necessary tools for processing.

As always, inform someone of your itinerary. Prioritise safety and ethical hunting practices.

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