What to pack for a multi-lodge walk in Tasmania

You will carry all of your belongings between lodges, including clothing and personal items for all days on the trail, plus lunch and water supplies that you will replenish daily at each lodge or camp. Pack for four seasons to ensure you are prepared for all types of weather. Lightweight Merino wool or polypropylene clothing has a better chance of drying overnight if it gets wet. Cotton, silk, or denim garments are not suitable.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk 8

What to bring

  • A hiking pack that will fit all your clothing and personal items for the four-day hike – single-sized packs are available to borrow, but we recommend bringing your own for comfort, keeping the weight below 7kg where possible
  • High-quality 100% waterproof rain jacket with hood (provided if needed, but you may prefer to bring your own)
  • A large water bottle or hydration pack (minimum one-litre capacity)
  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots with mid-to-high ankle support are a must due to the uneven terrain; to avoid blisters, boots should be comfortable and worn in
  • Spare socks (wool or thermal blend) and underwear
  • Comfortable hiking clothing – we recommend long loose-fitting clothing for sun and wind protection and to shield your legs and arms from stray branches
  • Layered clothing is recommended – a set of wool or polypropylene thermal tops and bottoms, a few t-shirts, a long-sleeve shirt, a pair of shorts, a fleece jacket or warm jumper (wear or pack)
  • Beanie or woollen hat and gloves (even during the summer months)
  • Long pants – waterproof or quick-dry material is advised (not cotton or denim)
  • Small towel and swimsuit if you intend to swim on the track (optional)
  • Walking poles if you prefer to use them
  • Change of clothes, sleepwear, and lightweight shoes/sandals for evenings at the lodges
  • Sun protection, including a peaked or brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses and/or any medication you may require (including an EPI pen)
  • Personal toiletries in small containers, including insect repellent, blister pack and sports tape
  • Your camera and/or mobile phone, chargers, a small torch, and spare batteries (note: for sustainability purposes, full charging facilities may not be available overnight so solar chargers are recommended)
  • Bank card (or preferred device) for purchasing personal items and incidentals

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