Mr and Mrs Walking with Kids
Our Tramp Packlist (Overnight)
Updated: Apr 5, 2022
Below is our "one night tramp pack list" for our family of four (2 adults, one 9 year old and a 6 year old) . We've refined it a couple of times but have never missed anything major. We've always stayed in Doc Serviced Huts so haven't had to worry too much about water or heating at night. We'd usually walk between 4-6 hours/day.
We both have 65 ltr packs. Master 9 has a junior pack and carries his own clothes, food, water and sleeping gear. Miss 7 just has her daypack and carries her clothes, water and lunch. You could definitely take less but we usually find that apart from the first aid kit we use everything that we bring with us (…and we’re not quite ready to cut back on all the yummy food). Also - we've now started storing all our tramping gear in a big box so it's not such a mission every time we go away.
Food & Drink - we take heaps of yummy food. Makes for a heavy pack but helps with kids energy and fun factor.
Lunch Day 1:
We usually separate 1/2 of the snacks into a separate plastic bag so it's easier to ration.
We carry around 5-6 litres/day: 2x per adult and 1x/child. All the huts we stay at have running water so we can boil more for day two.
Walking Clothes: We usually set out the kids walking clothes for them and aim for as much merino/wool as possible. No puffers (they're for the hut, wet puffers are the worst!).
We only take one set of walking clothes. When we arrive at the hut we switch to hut clothes and hang all the walking clothes up to dry, if they're still wet in the morning too bad, they'll warm up walking (or they could wear some of the hut clothes on the day 2 walk...the "too bad!" is really preparing for multi day walks)
What they don't wear straight away we pack last into the top of the pack for easy access, we find everyone pulls clothes on/off frequently.
When we arrive at the hut we find everyone cools down really fast. We quickly get everyone changed into our warm dry hut clothes, get a fire cranking and then start on the hot drinks. We keep the hut clothes in a sealed plastic bag.
We usually let the kids eat first so only take x2 sets of cutlery/bowls.
We've made our own first aid kit so it might be a bit weird :) There are bound to be better ones online
Any other medication you might need.