Off road gear checklist

The following lists may help you choose gear for your outings. To quote the outstanding book on fell-running “Feet in the Clouds” – there is no piece of gear so important that it can’t be forgotten by at least one member of the group travelling to an event. 

Off road gear for longer runs:
– water &/or sports drink for electrolyte replacement
– water bottle, bumbag or backpack with bladder
– gel, gu &/or food, depending on run length
– cap or sweatband
– sunblock
– vaseline
– advise someone where you’re going if alone, or leave route note in car

Optional:
– extra bladder of water if long & hot
– thermal top &/or windproof jacket, just in case
– compass
– map
– gaiters ($3.50 at Coles – bargain!)
– arm & leg cover, depending on bush
– towel, change of clothes, extra fluids/food for after run
– change of socks
– plasters
– basic first aid
– insect repellent

Hot weather:
– sunblock
– extra water in case you get lost

Cold weather gear:
There’s always a chance in off-road events you could find yourself off the track, so more complete bad weather gear is a necessity for longer races in cold climates.
– survival blanket or bivvy bag
– headlamp or torch
– multiple thermal tops
– thermal underwear
– waterproof or windproof jacket, overtrousers
– warmer socks, spare socks
– gloves
– hat and/or balaclava
– extra food
– basic first aid
– course map
– compass
– torch
– whistle

Overnight events:
As above, plus
– sleeping bag
– rucksack
– tent or bivvy bag
– pre-tested easy-cook food
– cooking stove and pan
– tin foil to shelter flame
– dry bags
– rucksack liners
– ear plugs
– insect repellent & midge net

Bush walking day trip gear (thanks to Brisbane Bush Walkers):
– day pack
– 2 litres water
– torch
– raincoat
– sunscreen  
– first Aid Kit
– thermal top &/or jumper
– hat
– morning tea & lunch
– matches or cigarette lighter

Through-walks and overnight:
– backpack
– tent
– groundsheet 
– parka, raincoat 
– sleeping bag and inner sheet 
– hat, gaiters, sunglasses 
– warm clothes for nights 
– durable day clothing 
– socks 
– sleeping mat 
– one change of clothes
– swimsuit if near water
– water bottles
– matches or cigarette lighter
– torch  
– tent and/or tent fly, pegs
– small piece of candle
– map & compass
– billy, frypan and billy lifters
– whistle
– plastic bowl & plate, cutlery
– first aid kit
– cooking appliance and fuel 
– rubbish bag
– food – high energy
– soap, toothpaste, toilet paper
– contact officer details
– small towel
– pen and paper