We are planning to hike a small section of the Bibbulmun track and returning with the bikes to trial a section of the Munda Biddi Trail this year! Two fantastic trails in Western Australia. Being an absolute newbie to the idea of hiking and camping overnight makes this exciting and also a little overwhelming. The latter I’m referring too, is the preparation part. Thinking about what to pack, what to eat and how to keep everything light as only you will be carrying it all, somewhere out in the Australian outback. Also, what part of the track would be suitable for a beginner? Winter or summer? I’ve been trawling through the internet doing my homework.
We have decided on winter because; it’s not stinking hot, no flies, no snakes (hoping), not as windy, plenty of water around and the scenery is beautiful. I think they are good enough reasons for a winter trek.
My question to you, reader; have you camped overnight? hiked long distance? What do you enjoy about it?
Western Australia Long Distance Trails
I found a cluster of adventure stores all listed below (except for Kathmandu) on Hay Street, they are a good starting point to see the latest market products.
Stocks some well-known brands like Sea to Summit. Mountain Designs also have an outlet store at Watertown.
Kathmandu have an outlet store at Watertown, here I found the cheapest Merino tops.
Colourful clothes, great range of vests
Packing list for a 4 night camp
Sleeping bag, I’m a cold sleeper – so it’s going to be an expensive buy
Sleeping mat, to offer a little support and keep me off the ground
Inflatable pillow, for a good night’s rest
Camp stove, Thinking a multi fuel one as they have simmer capabilities
Cup, bowl & spoon, eating a meal after a day of hiking or riding I want the pleasure of eating from a bowl
Pot or pan, or both, I don’t particularly like the idea of cooking in an Aluminium pot but they are super light to carry. I think I may sacrifice the light weight here.
Coffee plunger, it will be a nice little treat in the morning
Head torch, needed for reading and playing cards at night
Small torch, good to have a backup I think
Whistle, in case a werewolf attacks!
Waterproof cover for bag, to keep the backpack dry
Water proof pack liners, to store items that need extra protection like the sleeping bag and camera
Compass, necessary navigation tool
Map, necessary lifeline
Water bottle & bladder, extremely important and I’ll need to work out the daily water required to walk with
Blister kit, I read that everyone gets blisters on the trail and I hope I don’t!
Water purification pump and tablets, to purify tank water and river water
Gaiters, for wading through water
Folding bucket, to transport water and wash dishes
Mosquito net, not sure if this is needed for winter?
Cotton sleeping bag liner, to keep the sleeping bag clean and also to sleep on a natural material
Pegless clothes line, to hang wet clothes
microfiber towels, for bathing etc
Rope & roll of duct tape, you never know when you have to MacGyver something, actually when Derek MacGyvers something!
Kitchen rubber gloves, will be handy
Emergency blanket, in case we end up in trouble
Tent, in case the campsites are full or we decide to camp elsewhere
Rubbish bags, multiple uses
Soapy scourers (2/Trangia), yellow scourer pp, biodegradable camp dish liquid, for clean up
Rainproof jacket, necessary in winter and also should be windproof. I’ll be looking for one with a big hood.
Rain proof or water-resistant pants, I’m a small human and pants are difficult to find, I would prefer waterproof
Hiking pants, needs to be light and quick to dry, also must have some sort of wicking performance which apparently moves moisture away from the body and prevents hypothermia. Jeans or cotton are no good from what I have read.
Base layer, mid layer and outer layer tops, I’m thinking a mix of thermals and merino wear
Vest, to keep my chest warm. I have seen there are vests with goose down and that sounds incredibly warm
Hiking shoes, watched Reese Witherspoon in Wild? Hiking shoes need to be perfect and all the tips I have read suggest to spend money on these
Camp shoes, to unwind we will wear camp shoes and I’m thinking crocs with socks?
Beanie, gloves, comfort items for chilly nights down south
Extra laces, never needed to replace laces but would hate the thought of losing laces on the trek
Vasoline, for chaffing
Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries
Toilet paper, toiletries
Selfie stick, time to buy one
Camera & batteries, to capture our adventure
I feel the list is long, do I need to shave some items? hmmmm
How does a foodie camp? Instant food packs like Maggie Noodles seems to be the way to go, however I’m honestly not keen on the artificial flavours and preservatives. Fruit and vegetables are heavy and meat will spoil. Coming to the realisation that it is all about sustenance and not gourmet is hard to digest for this foodie but I’m confident I can come up with some food for the soul, the foodie soul! Here is my homework so far…….
Emergency meal, in case we arrive after dark or run out of gas and need a quick meal, I am yet to work out what this will be
Coffee, tea, lots of warm drink options
Dehydrated food, I’m going to hire or buy a dehydrator to make dry meals for the trek. I’m thinking the tastiest and most satisfying will be meat curries. Mushrooms are hearty. Possibly some ratatouille. Tortillas. Fruits for porridge. Freeze dried meals can be purchased however I would prefer to control the ingredients and make my own.
Spices such as cinnamon, basil, turmeric, to flavour food
Chocolate, to keep up the morale during hill climbs (for my little legs!)
Nut mixes, nutrient packing
Millet and oats, for porridge
Quinoa, for quick protein