Thursday, 19 November 2009

Hitching Gear

 new bag, 50 litre.

The trick to hitching is to not bring anything! as I can verify its knacking if you bring anything you don't completely need. Remember, if you really need something, you can probably buy it / find it / or often get given it along the way.

Essential (priority order):
  1. passport and visas (goes without saying really)
  2. 30-50 litre rucksack
  3. 2 litres of water
  4. Sleeping bag
  5. Army poncho (groundsheet / tent / waterproofs!)
  6. emergency food (high in carbohydrates is best, something like cous cous)
  7. knife
  8. perminant marker (a tip, if it dries out, soak up parfin to get it working again)
  9. minimal toiletries (flanel, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush)
  10. mobile (leave off)
  11. spare clothes, minimum!
  • 1x camping saucepan (you can do without)
  • Firesteel and lighter
  • hammock (can come in handy!)
  • first aid (bit of savlon will do)
  • Torch / Lamp (I would say a lamp is more useful)
  • Bivvi bag
  • pad and pen is fairly handy
  • ear plugs and eye mask (try sleeping some of the places I have without!)
  • battery charger
  • Camera (if you must, best if it takes AA's)
Try to not take:
  • too many spare clothes (1x trousers, 1x jacket, 2x change of T-shirt, 2x socks and 2x undies)
  • anything electrical

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