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Take and Wear


Helping you to choose an enjoyable first bushwalk...


Get ready for a safe and enjoyable walk...

Take & Wear

A guide to suitable equipment, food & clothing…

On the Walk

How to enjoy your day in the bush...

Problems & Issues

In case something goes wrong…

After Your First Walk

At the end of the day, and then if you want more…

What to Take

Carry your gear in a small, sturdy, comfortable back pack.
Side-pockets for water bottles are useful.
You need room for food, essentials, and any clothing you are not wearing.

Food and drink

  • A lunch box to prevent food getting crushed and to take your rubbish home
  • Easy to carry food such as muesli bars, nuts, hard boiled eggs in shell, chopped carrots, fruit, sandwiches or wraps, chocolate
  • At least 2 litres of water, more if it is warm

Other essentials

Map showing features and details of tracks in the area surrounding your planned walk

  • Mobile phone
  • First aid kit including elastic bandages, antiseptic cream, Band-Aids, sun screen lotion, insect repellent
  • Tissues or toilet paper (not wipes as they are not biodegradable)
  • Whistle (to attract attention if lost)
  • Something to sit on: a heavy-duty plastic bag will do

Video or animation showing items loading into pack with voiceover??
Or photo of all of the things in the take section with the dot points arrowed in

What to Wear

In summer

  • Wear comfortable, enclosed running shoes. Boots are not necessary for your first walk. Sandals or thongs are not suitable walking footwear.
  • Clothes should be comfortable, light and loose. Long pants or shorts are fine in summer. A long sleeve shirt with a collar provides best sun protection.
  • Carry a light weight rain jacket to protect you from the wind as well as the rain.
  • Remember sunscreen and a sun hat with a brim.

In winter

  • Bring 3 or 4 layers of clothing that you can take off if you get warm and put on when cold.
  • Include a long sleeve shirt, thermal t-shirt and a fleece or woollen jumper.
  • Wear long pants and perhaps waterproof over-pants.
  • Waterproof and comfortable enclosed running shoes are best.
  • Rain jacket is essential.
  • Beanie and gloves are important, and consider spare socks.

2Photos of walkers wearing winter and summer clothes– one male one female,
ethnic and shape diversity. Note these photos will be larger as they give more information