- Backpack (40–60 litre size for multi-day hiking)
- Waterproof/plastic pack liner
- Sleeping bag (3–4 season)
- First aid kit (including insect repellent, sunscreen, blisterkit, personal medication e.g. antihistamine for allergy to wasp stings)
- Survival kit (survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack food)
- Safety equipment relevant to the track and time of year, for example, map, compass
- Drink bottle (1-2 litre capacity)
- Eating and cooking utensils (knife, fork, spoon, plate, cup, pot/pan/billy, cleaning kit, tea towel). Gas cookers are in huts – you do not need to take gas.
- Matches or lighter in waterproof container
- Torch/flashlight and spare batteries
- Rubbish bag
- Tickets and ID
- Toilet paper
- Use a toilet when you see one and be prepared with a back-up toilet option
If you're camping
- Sleeping mat
- Gas cooker
- Ear plugs for communual bunkrooms
- For multi-day walking you'll need at least one set of clothes to walk in and another dry set to change into at night
- Tramping/hiking boots or firm footwear (should be comfortable and well broken in)
- Socks (wool or polypropylene)
- Shorts (quick dry material)
- Shirt (wool or polypropylene)
- Under layers, top and bottom (wool or polypropylene)
- Mid-layers (wool or polar fleece)
- Raincoat (waterproof, windproof with hood)
- Overtrousers (wind and water proof)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Sunhat and sunglasses
- Extra socks, underwear, shirt/lightweight jersey
- Lightweight shoes for inside the huts
You can't buy food on the track.
Bring food that is lightweight, fast cooking and high in energy value. For example:
- Breakfast: cereal/porridge/oats, firm bread, honeyor other spreads
- Lunch: cracker biscuits, cheese, salami, jam/jelly, fruit
- Dinner: instant soup, pasta or rice, dried vegetables or fruit, cheese or dehydrated (freeze-dried) meals.
You'll also need water, snacks, biscuits, muesli bars, tea or coffee, powdered fruit drinks and emergency food in case of any delays on the track.
May to early November
For safety reasons the Routeburn Track doesn't operate as a Great Walk/Easier tramping track during May to early November. If attempting the RouteburnTrack at that time, you'll need additional equipment. See Walking the Routeburn Track in May to early November.