Know what to pack for your Banks Track experience. Many of us, even those with a simple lifestyle, use a multitude of items to get through each day, so when we go for an outdoor overnight adventure it can be difficult to know what we need to pack.
On your Banks Track experience, the old adage “Less is More” is a great way to start.
Banks Track provides all your cooking and eating utensils. We provide mattresses and pillows with pillowcases, hand towels and toilet paper (although some of the mid track supplies occasionally get a bit low). There is reading material and other entertainment at each accommodation such as pianos, games, and other walkers to talk with.
Begin with essentials:
- Hiking Boots (or at least study walking shoes)
- Wet weather gear and a warm jersey
- Sleeping Bag
- Walking clothes (and remember you do not need a new set of clothes each day)
- Socks or indoor footwear
- Toothbrush and paste (you only need enough paste for a few days)
- Soap and Towel
- Sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
Optional extras you might want to take:
- Walking pole (or poles)
- First aid kit
- Sunglasses and reading glasses
Try going back to basics and see how little you can take. Enjoy the scenery and views instead of electronic entertainment. Spend more time enjoying the environment than sorting out your pack of possessions. Less is certainly more on Banks Track.
When packing food, try to avoid extra packaging as everything taken into the Eastern Bays must be taken out of the Eastern Bays. There is no council rubbish collection in the areas you are going. Please wash and sort your recyclables and reduce your waste. There are bins for both at the accommodation, however, the less you bring in, the less we cart out.
On the last night at Stony Bay, there is a Trampers Shop where you can get all the food you need for your last evening on Banks Track.
To help you pack we have a Checklist of What to Pack for you.
Remember, the less you take the less chance of leaving anything behind, the less distractions from the experience, the less worry about damaging items, which all equals more enjoyment of the experience.