My departure date, 20th May is sneaking up on me quickly, too quickly in my opinion, eek! In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, in May I will be starting the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on, a long-distance walk with fellow blogger Barefoot Backpacker. But it’s not just any walk, I will be hiking 800+ miles across Great Britain, yes you read that right, 800 miles!
In December, I choose the rucksack for my long-distance challenge, a 65-litre Osprey rucksack. I’ve previously used my Berghaus Free-Flow 35+8 litres for long-distance walks but my kit list is going to be a bit bigger. I also wanted to ensure my tent would fit inside my bag and not on the outside, to help with the weight distribution.
Now that the date is getting closer I’m taking my rucksack on most of my day hikes with me and filling it with random things to practice carrying the weight I will be hiking with.
But after a good hiking buddy Ryan @vanilakodey suggested that my planned 15 kg weight was way too heavy I decided to write and share the gear I’m planning on packing.
Here’s my full kit list for my long-distance walk. This is what I’m planning on taking on my 2-month adventure across the UK. I’d love to know what your thoughts are.
Is there anything obvious that I’ve missed or can you see things that I really shouldn’t be taking? The longest multi-day hike I’ve done was 13-days (the Coast to Coast Trail) so I’m entering the unknown and would love your honest thoughts. Feel free to let me know in the comments or message me via social media. Thanks 🙂
Table of Contents
Long-Distance Walk Kit List
I’ve broken down my kit list into sections, so you can see what I’m planning to take for the camping, hiking and work elements on the walk.
- Tent (one-man tent)
- Sleeping bag
- Thermarest mat (340 grams)
My current 2-man Vango Banshee tent (pictured above) is going to be too heavy for this trip, it’s 2.4 kg. I’m currently researching the best one-man tent for the trip (recommendations welcome).
I’ve considered a bivvy/tarp combo but, to be honest, if it’s bad weather on the trip I’m going to want to be in a tent and not a bivvy if that’s the case. Plus I reckon the weight won’t be too different if I find a super lightweight one-man tent
- Cooking pot x 1
- Gas canister + cooking attachment (pictured above, no idea what to call it!)
- Firelighter and/or matches
- Food clips x 2 (always handy!)
- Lunchbox (saves plastic bags!)
I’m considering swapping my cooking set up for one of the Jetboil or equivalent options. I’ve read great things about how speedy they are but I’m not sure they will save me that much weight. Does anyone have one they could weigh (with full gas and let me know)? – Thanks
- 65-litre rucksack + waterproof cover
- Dry bags (various sizes for my gear)
- Hiking poles
- Maps (tbc- see below)
- Water bottles x 2 (Water-to-go bottles with filter)
- Platypus 2-litre water carrier with hose + lid
- Carabiner clips – handy to have
- Tissues/plastic bags (emergency toilet kit!)
- Head torch + spare batteries
- Foam sit mat
Maps – It’s not going to be possible to carry 30+ maps, hmm, so I’m still considering the best options for navigation. Possibly my phone + watch combo or maybe I will print the sections I need from the route. Any other thoughts welcome 🙂
This is my full clothes list for the hike, also factoring in that I will be wearing some of the clothes so they won’t all be in my rucksack!
- Waterproof/windproof jacket x 1
- Hiking boots or trail shoes x 1 (see below)
- Hiking trousers (zippable into shorts) x 1
- Hiking shorts x 1
- Breathable t-shirt x 2
- Fleece/warm top x 1
- Warm jacket x 1
- Base layers – top & bottoms x 1
- Baggy comfy trousers x 1
- Hiking socks or running socks (depending on my footwear) x 4
- Sports bra x 2
- Underwear x 5
- Teva sandals x 1
- Hat x 1
- Thin gloves x 1
Hiking boots versus trail shoes
I’ve heard lots from people who’ve done long-distance hikes that sturdy hiking boots aren’t necessarily the way to go. I’m considering wearing trail shoes for the first section which is easier terrain via Norfolk Coast Path.
Then swapping to my Salomon Mid GTX hiking boots which are lighter but offer more support. I’m still trialling different options.
First Aid Kit
- Plasters (lots haha)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cold + flu tablets
- Bandage + gauze
- Tick removal
- Insect repellant
I normally leave many of these items at home on overnight camping trips, to keep the weight down. But for a 2-month hike, I’m afraid I can’t wash for that long haha. Plus no-one will want to walk with me if I smell.
- Small quick-dry travel towel
- Toothbrush + toothpaste (mini travel size)
- Soap (bio-degradable)
- Hairbrush (mini size) + hair ties
- Lip balm
- Cotton buds
- Hankies x 2
- Birth control pill (see below)
- Bank cards, ID (driving licence) + cash
Birth control pill
Why? I’m choosing this option to save carrying tampons, plus I’ve decided I don’t want the hassle of having my period whilst on the hike. Please don’t do this without talking to your doctor beforehand.
Food + Drink
The majority of the hike I will be buying food as I go along to save carrying the extra weight but I will be packing a few rations for if I end up wild camping so that I always have supplies.
- Water – Up to 2 litres per day
- Peppermint tea bags x 15
- Coffee x 15 portions
- Porridge sachets x 5
- Freeze-dried meals (Summit-to-Eat) x 5
- Snacks x 3-5 bars
This is where my pack weight gets heavy, boo. But I will be working on the route (well when I’m not hiking) and taking photos that will eventually be shared via blog posts once I’ve returned from the trip.
- Camera (SLR) with wide angle + kit lens
- Small tripod – check out the hiking tripods I use here
- Lens cleaner pen
- Remote clicker
- Memory card x 2/3 spares (it’s not like they weigh much haha)
- Memory card reader
- Spare camera battery
- Camera battery charger
- Laptop + power cable
- Power bank + cable
- Phone, USB plug + charger cable
- Small notebook + pen
- Video equipment (tbc)
I’m really excited that Joe a talented videographer from This Way Up World will be creating a film on our walk which means even more technical equipment which is to be confirmed. I’m hoping it’s super light 🙂
What I am Not Taking?
- Sleeping bag liner
- Plate/bowl – I will use my cooking pot
- Waterproof trousers
- Cocktail dress + high heels hehe
- Any clothes that won’t dry FAST!
- PJs – I will sleep in my base layers for warmth when camping and in hostels
What do you think, is there anything else that I should add to this list? Or do you think some of these items should be essentials for my trip? Let me know in the comments
How Else I Am Going to Reduce my Pack Weight?
You might think that seems a lot of gear, I have written down everything I will be taking so I guess it looks a lot written down. Most of the items are pretty light but I have a few heavy items like my sleeping bag, tent and camera that will boost the weight!
After chatting with Rachel from @rachelhappywalking123, she has shared a few top tips for how she saves weight when she is completing long-distance hikes.
I’m practising hiking with a 15 kg rucksack at the moment as I feel that will be a similar amount to what I will be hiking with. But Rachel reckons I can get that closer to 10 kg! I might need to replace some of my heavier items, maybe purchase a lighter sleeping bag but what else can I do?
Sending myself Parcels
Everyone likes getting post haha, but one suggestion I’ve had from Rachel is to post parcels to save carrying the full gear with me? If I decide to go ahead with this option then I will send the parcels maybe once a week, so it’s there for my rest day! So if I did that then what items could I pop in the post?
- Food supplies – Summitt-to-Eat, Porridge and snack bars
- More tea bags + coffee
- Camera battery charger (I have 2 camera batteries that would easily last a week)
- Laptop charger + cable
- Clothes wash
- Clean clothes?
- Gas canister
Hmm, that’s all I reckon I could post, so I’m not sure whether it would be worth it or not? What are your thoughts? Have you done a long-distance hike before? Do you have any good tips?
Next Steps – The Test Pack
That’s the plan for what I’m going to take, as you’ll have noticed there are a couple of items I need to replace or buy new since I’m not happy with the weight of the gear. My moto is the lighter the better!
I’m still going to continue training with 15 kg in my rucksack. I’d prefer to train with a heavier amount then if I can get my weight under that it will be a bonus!
But in the next couple weeks I will be doing a proper weigh in of all my gear and see what the total weight is and work out whether I can replace any more items to make it lighter.
Do you want to guess the weight? Drop your guesses for the final pack in the comments below
Want to Join the Hike?
Yes, yes, yes, please do, it will be so much fun 🙂
If you’ve already read my last post about the walk then you’ll notice that I’m inviting as many people who want to join to meet up with us on the walk. Are you tempted? You don’t have to be a super experienced hiker, everyone is welcome to join, including dogs because I like dogs haha! Remember I will be hiking with 15 kg on my bag so that’s sure to slow me down!
I will be sharing updates via my own social media at Becky the Traveller on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so check me out there for news. But you can also follow the new group I’ve created solely for the hike, called E2W Hiking Challenge 2019.
The link is right here 🙂
The idea is that I will share our progress and meet locations via the group. But you’re also very welcome to share photos when you meet us too. If anyone would be able to help me manage the group whilst I am on the walk that would be awesome. Drop me a message if you can help out. Thanks 🙂
What do you think of my long-distance walk kit list? Have you ever done a long-distance hike? Let me know in the comments below
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