There is much advice on overland track gear on the internet. And packing lists everywhere. The challenge is to get your pack to around 16 kilos and most do and some better.
The most common mistake we are finding is the mat. On cold nights and into the winter cold will come from below and so critical you invest in a suitable mat.
Don’t over pack. Think carefully about what clothing you really need. Layers of clothing are winners. Being able to remove or add helps a lot. Down jackets are excellent they go small and light.
Accept wet feet. Hopefully you will not experience too much mud and in recent years the track has been much improved with boardwalk.
Winter days are short in Tasmania so a headlight is very useful. In the summer, very long and on the longest days not dark till after 9pm.
You will have plenty of relax time. Books are heavy to carry so a luxury you need to think about. Some take a Kindle which lasts well. One group played hours of cards.
Choose your back packs well. Finding the one that fits you well is very important.
Gaiters are important as there are snakes in the summer months. They are not aggressive but may not move out of your way too slowly.
Rain is possible at any time of the year. Dry bags inside your backpack are a great idea.
There is no mobile service on the track and so do consider an emergency option. These vary in price and depend on what you need. Some systems can be hired including from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.
If you are travelling and do not want to bring all your Overland Track equipment we are able to hire at very good rates. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Overland Track Gear List
This is NOT a definitive list but covers what we think you need to carry on the Overland Track and gives ideas to help and discuss. Most people aim to have the pack weighing around 16kilos or less. Saying that we have seen much heavier.