What to Bring
You will need to provide:
Your footwear, headgear and clothing, toiletries and all personal medication.
Please note: Temperatures in the Goldfields can get as low as zero degrees, so please bring plenty of warm clothing, especially if you feel the cold.
- 1 worn-in pair of runners/walking shoes/walking boots in good condition.
- 1 pair of sandals/slip-ons/runners for wearing around camp.
- socks to wear during the day, and one pair bed socks.
- 2-3 long-sleeved shirts or tops. You don’t need to bring a clean top for each day. Light cotton long sleeves are good sun protection.
- 2 t-shirts for additional warmth.
- 2 pairs long pants for walking in during the day – made from lightweight material. Definitely no jeans –they’re hot, they chafe, and if it rains they are very heavy and are impossible to dry.
- 1 pair warm track suit pants or thermal underwear to wear when you’re not bush walking.
- 1 pair warm pyjamas or thermal underwear for sleeping in.
- Hat – Wide brimmed is essential. You may sometimes need a fly veil to go with your hat.
- 2 very warm fleece jackets or jumpers.
- Beanie, scarf and gloves - ESSENTIAL.
- Raincoat. Make sure it’s waterproof and not just a spray jacket (try it out in the shower at home if you’re not sure).
- A set of clean “city” clothes to wear back to the city.
- Daypack in good repair with comfortable shoulder / waist straps.
- A bag for dirty clothes / waterproofing items in your daypack while you’re walking.
- 2-3 Zip lock bags for waterproofing cameras, carrying rubbish in your daypack, etc.
- Torch (small and lightweight). Head torches are ideal, but DO NOT buy a cheap one, as they have lots of problems. Ensure the torch has new batteries/globe, or bring spares.
- Two water containers with a total carrying capacity of 2L. Plastic cool drink bottles will suffice. Water bladders with tubes are also fine. Make sure your bottle/bladder doesn’t leak when squeezed or turned upside down. Do not rely on a single 2L water container, because if it breaks, then you have nothing to carry water.
- Book, journal, pen, art materials.
- Personal toiletries and medication.
- Sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent or fly net (chemical-free).
- Camera (optional).
If your retreat has been planned to include camping out, then also bring:
- Warm sleeping bag. Expect temperatures as low as zero degrees. If you don’t think your sleeping bag is warm enough, bring an additional blanket.
- Small personal first aid kit (bandaids, Panadol, prescription items).
- Candle (optional).
- Tent if you intend to use one, or swag.
- Portable musical instrument if you play one.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
This is a retreat on which your intention is to be present to the moment, so consider what not to bring:
- Jewellery or flashy gear
- Time-piece, wrist-watch
- Makeup or other fake-making product
- Electronic devices, Mobile phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod
- A huge pile of books or music or ‘homework’
- Unfinished business that keeps your attention ‘back home’.
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