What to bring:
- Small back pack to carry your essentials. i.e. water, food/snacks and first aid kit.
- A mini first aid kit- this should include band aids, blister treatment items such as blister tape, pressure bandage (in case of sprains), paracetamol, as well as any personal medications. There will be first aid teams on the Trek to assist if and where needed.
- Insect repellent
- 2 litres of water – depending on weather forecast, you may require more. Water will be available at rest stops. Camelbak hydration backpacks are a great way of carrying your water.
- Food (more details below)
- Personal identification
Items you must carry:
- Mobile phone- make sure it’s fully charged before hand. Consider bringing along a portable charger with you.
- Reusable drink bottle- single-use plastic bottles are not allowed on the Trek.
- Trek map- provided in your Trek pack to ensure no one gets lost along the way.
- Safety briefing – provided in your Trek pack which contains a list of important contacts and cut off times for the event.
- Trekking poles
- Camera- to capture some of the beautiful scenery along the way
- iPod/music player- if you’re trekking alone, music might help you get into a good rhythm.
What to wear:
Above all- something comfortable!
- Trek bib- must be visible to event staff
- Shorts or leggings, T-shirt /shirt (your Trek T-shirt) long sleeve if hot.
- Trek cap – for shade or warmth, depending on the forecast.
- Raincoat – weather dependant
- Comfortable trail runners / boots – you’ll need to test your footwear prior to the event in different conditions to find out what works best for you. (Generally trail runners are recommended for dry conditions, boots for wet weather and should be worn in for approximately 12 weeks prior to the event).
- Double layered good quality socks and a spare pair, moisture wicking – see more foot preparation here
- Warm fleece – weather dependant
What to eat
It’s a good idea to eat a carbohydrate rich meal the night before. Something such as pasta, and adding in a protein like chicken or fish, then top up on event morning with a slow-release carbohydrate breakfast such as porridge.
Food to pack for the journey should include carbohydrate rich, non-messy foods like:
- Muesli bars (supplied at Rest Stops)
- Bananas (supplied at Rest Stops)
- Jelly beans
- Salty snacks
- Trail mix
- Energy gels
Some limited snack options (such as lollies, muesli bars and fruit) will be available at the rest stations.
It’s very important to keep hydrated – especially if the weather is hot. Sip regularly from water and/or diluted sports drinks. Water will be available at all of the Rest Stops however it is expected that all participants carry at least two litres of water.