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Trekking Gear List

This list has been developed from years of personal experience. A copy can be downloaded for printing or amending Trekking Gear List vF February 2017 or from Maps, Routes, Lists.


First Aid and Essentials:

  • Cut-off toothbrush and squeezed out paste in a ziplock bag
  • Sun-cream/moisturizer mini
  • Comb
  • Glasses (optional)
  • Sun-glasses
  • Plasters
  • Sterile pads
  • Bandages (horse/human)
  • Painkillers
  • Savlon
  • Anti-bacterial spray for horses
  • Bute for horses
  • Vet wrap and iodine wash
  • Insect repellent for horse (wee bottle and sponge)
  • Spare batteries
  • Candles and waterproof matches (matches also included under Food Gear below)


  • Riding pants
  • Padded Bike pants underneath to prevent sore bum (optional!)
  • 2 tees, polo neck if you want to keep sun off your neck
  • Warm sweater, tied around waist
  • Socks
  • Chaps
  • Boots
  • Helmet or other (we adapt our helmets with a sun hat brim)

Have nearby:

I roll swanni, parka and overtrousers with gloves and hats in the pockets, then tie on the front of my saddle for quick easy access.

  • Swandri
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof parka or Drizabone
  • Waterproof overtrousers

Carry spare in waterproof bag:

  • Poplyprop leggings
  • Top
  • Gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Underwear
  • Spare socks

Carry in a bum bag:

  • EPIRB or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). IMPORTANT – also see page on High Country Trekking Safety)
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Maps
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks for you and treats for your horse
  • First aid (as above)



Cooking gear:

  • Pot scrub and detergent squeezed into a zip-lock bag
  • Bowl or plate
  • Sharp knife, fork, spoon
  • Cup (good tied onto saddle for lunchtime drinks from the river)
  • Matches-waterproof
  • Cooker
  • Fuel


This my personal food list – I tend to travel light, but others will share their ideas with you. It depends on how long the trip or if you have a pack horse.

  • Oats and salt or muesli for breakfast
  • Tea and fancy coffee for a treat
  • Miso or other cup-of-soup sachets
  • Wraps and celery, hummus and cheese etc for lunch
  • Dinner for each night (dry or fresh, depends on trip)
  • A wee tipple
  • Biscuits
  • Emergency food pack for 1 or 2 days more than you are needing – just in case


Multi day treks:

  • Bolt cutters for emergency
  • Fold up saw

On your horse:

  • Saddle and thick pads
  • Bridle
  • Collar or halter
  • Tether rope (at least 8 foot)
  • Fly cover (optional)
  • Long rope for high tieing if there are no paddocks (see page on Huts and Paddocks in St James).


For further ideas on trekking gear, see Tony Stead’s website.