Hiking the Larapinta Trail – Gear List – Part 4 of 4

This is our Gear List from the Larapinta Trail and is part of a 4 part blog series we have put together.  For the other Parts checkout the links below…

Gear List

IMG_4301Let me start by giving a brief overview of this section and what to expect.  First off this is a list of the gear we took with us when undertaking the Laprapinta Trail, and whilst this is a guide, everybody is different and will want to customise the gear they take.  Secondly this is not a definitive list of what to take, some will want to take more and others more likely less.  Thirdly, our style of backpacking is not to achieve ultra lightweight, we like our creature comforts but we also don’t want to go over the top and carry too much.  We certainly took advantage of the Larapinta Trail Trek Support collection service where gear could be left in the food boxes and dropped off to you at the end of the trail as we did take too much to begin with.

I have listed the gear below in tables and categories.  The first column is the name of the equipment with a link, the second column is any useful notes and the third contains any reviews we have undertaken of that product.  Our product links do go to Wild Earth who we are an affiliate member or direct to the supplier page.

Tent & Sleeping Gear

GearNotesFFA Reviews
Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Person TentThis is our Backpacking Tent, we have put together a review on this so you can check it out.Our Review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur
Sea to Summit Spark 3 Sleeping BagThis is our Sleeping Bag and we have put together a review on this so you can check it out.Our Review of the S2S Spark 3 Sleeping Bag
Sea to Summit Silk LinerWe always use a silk sleeping bag liner and this is the one we took with us, mentioned in our review.S2S Sleeping Solution Review
Thermarest Sleeping MatWe have been using Thermarest for years. ours are old ones and would look for a lighter weight solution next time.No Review
Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight PillowThis is the blow up pillow we use, mentioned in our sleeping solution review.S2S Sleeping Solution Review
Sea to Summit Escapist TarpWe used this on a few occasions where shelter from the sun was limited in the afternoon. It was useful but in reality you could do without it.Our Review of the Tarp

Rucksack & Liners

GearNotesFFA Reviews
One Planet Backpacking RucksacksWe both have a one planet rucksack. Sarah had the Styx and I have the McMillanSarah has reviewed her Styx after the first trip in Tassie
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Waterproof LinerAvailable in different sizes we each have one of these to keep the water out.No FFA Review
Sea to Summit Dry BagsWe carry an assortment of S2S Dry Bags to keep all our kit in. Some we have as the Lightweight bags and others as ultra-sil (Lighter but not as durable)No FFA Review
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Rucksack CoverWe did carry our rucksack covers at the start although with the weather decided to put them into one of our food boxes for transport back to Alice. We did not need them on this trip due to the weather.No FFA Review
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Side RucksackThis is the rucksack we used for side trips which came in quite handyNo FFA Review

Cooking Equipment

GearNotesFFA Reviews
Jetboil MinimoWe chose the Jetboil Minimo as the flame can be adjusted and the cooking pot is more versatile.FFA - Cooking Solution
Sea to Summit X-PotX-Pot is light, small and great as a chopping board, frying and pot cooking.FFA - Cooking Solution
Sea to Summit X-Mug & X-BowlLove the X-Series. We don't take the plate but the mug and bowl all fitting inside the X-PotFFA - Cooking Solution
Snow Peak Coffee DripperOne of our luxuries on the trail is real coffee each morning!FFA - Cooking Solution
Sea to Summit Cutlery SetWe just have the cheaper polycarbonate set but you can get more expensive/durable S2S setsNo FFA Review

Food & Water

GearNotesFFA Reviews
Camelbak UV Water PurificationWe always purify our water before drinking unless it is classed as potable. Check out the review to see whyCamelbak UV Water Purification
Camelbak 3L Bladder & CoverI use the 3L Camelbak and protect with a cover.No FFA Review
MSR 4L Heavy Duty Water BladderSarah uses the MSR 4L with the tube accessory added.No FFA Review
Back Country MealsWe use a variety of Back Country Meals for evening mealsNo FFA Review
Strive FoodsWe have tried a variety of Strive Foods (Tasmania) Meals. Check out the review.Strive Foods Review
Hydrapak 750mlWe carry Hydrapak's as they give us extra water capacity and slide into the 2 One Planet Bottle holders. Plenty of alternatives such as platypus bottles etc.No FFA Review
Platypus Wine PreserveYes, we carry wine from time to time and we use one of these and can also use as water bottles when no wine is in!No FFA Review
FoodWe have a bit of info in Part 2 of our guide, ultimately this will be quite a personal choice.N/A

Electronics/ Charging & PLB

GearNotesFFA Reviews
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar PanelGoal Zero Solar Panel for charging, check out the review.Solar Panels & Battery Pack Review
Goal Zero Venture 30 Battery PackGoal Zero Venture 30 Battery Pack to charge from solar and charge devices, check out the reviewSolar Panels & Battery Pack Review
Garmin GPS WatchWe use a Garmin GPS watch to track the route and charge this every night.No FFA Review
Petal & Black Diamond Head Torches (Not linked as so old now!)We found we used the head torches a lot so great to have different light modes for packing up and then bright enough for early morning on the trail. We will look to replace ours for a more modern lighter/brighter head torch soon.No FFA Review
Spot Gen 3 - Personal Locator BeaconAn essential piece of kit. Lots to choose from but we use Spot, check out the review for why.Spot Gen 3 - Personal Locator Beacon Review
2 PhonesWe both had an iPhone which we kept in aeroplane mode most of the time and used for all our pictures and videos. All charged with the Goal Zero EquipmentNo FFA Review


GearNotesFFA Reviews
Oboz Bridger BootsSarah and I both have Oboz Bridger Boots which have served us very well over the last year. We started with Salmon x Ultra which were terrible and Kathmandu actually changed both pairs for us in Tasmania.No FFA Reviews
Merino Hike SockWe do like the hiking socks at Kathmandu and each took 3 pairs of Merino wool socks with us.No FFA Reviews
Ankle GaitersSarah loved her ankle gaiters for the Spinifex. However I didn't take any and didn't find I needed them. IF it was wet I would have taken my full length gaiters though.No FFA Reviews


GearNotesFFA Reviews
Breathable Underwear and socksJust don't take too many. You can always wash on the way...No FFA Review
Trousers & ShortsTrousers do come in handy for cold nights/insects but I rarely wore them. hiking shorts are what I wore every day and a pair of swimming shorts is handy.No FFA Review
Breathable T-shirtsLong or short sleeved or both depending on preference for sun protectionNo FFA Review
Wind ShirtWind shirt came in handy early in the mornings as an extra layer.No FFA Review
Down Jacket & BuffWe wore our lightweight Down Jackets most nights and packing up in the mornings. One of my favourite pieces of kit!No FFA Review
HatsWide rimmed hat for the sun is essential and we even had a warm hat for the night time but not essentialNo FFA Review
Lightweight Waterproof JacketWe never used the waterproofs but you never know. I have a Paramo (Nikwax Analogy) lightweight jacket and Sarah a Haglofs.No FFA Review
Sleep WearA change to non sweaty cleanish clothes is a must, you don't need much though if you have a decent sleeping solution.No FFA Review
SunglassesDecent SunglassesNo FFA Review

Other Equipment

GearNotesFFA Reviews
First Aid KitI always carry my own home made first aid kit. We used a lot of blister first aid on this trip and should have had more with us.No FFA Review
Maps & CompassWe had all the official maps as well as my compass I always take with us. We also have offline electronic maps on our iPhones.No FFA Review
SuncreamThis does depend what you are wearing and what protection you will need. We used quite a lot of suncream. Of course you can add more to your food boxes as you go so can carry smaller amounts. It's not easy to find on the trail.No FFA Review
Hydralyte ElectrolyteWe ran out of these and should have carried more due to the conditions. A few girls coming to the end of their trail (opposite Direction) gave us a spare tube.No FFA Review
Sea to Summit Compact Folding Sink (5L)We used this every day. Carrying something like this saves the tank water rather than letting the tap run which lots of people do! We put a little water in the bowl and could have a wash down each evening as well as wash the dishes. 5L was a good size.No FFA Review
Personal Wash KitLimited wash kit.. we found a cheap flannel from the supermarket great for wash downs and had a new one in each food box. A bit of soap and a roll on deodorant. A little pack of Baby Wipes is of course essential! Also a little Anti-Bag to hang off the rucksack is handy for after toilet stops etc.No FFA Review.
Sea to Summit Wilderness WashGreat stuff. Light on the environment and can wash yourself or anything else with it.No FFA Review
Sea to Summit Small Pack TowelSo much choice but ultimately keep it small and lightweight/quick drying.No FFA Review
Black Diamond Trekking PolesSarah used the Black Diamond Poles in the link and I used a very old cheap pair of poles from Europe. Both were great and we used them every day. Sarah's had a much softer handle for sweaty hands so decreased blisters but other than that choose a pair that best fits the budget and are reasonably strong. Also used for poles on the Tarp.No FFA Review
Gerber Crucial Multi ToolGreat to have a decent knife with you and we used some of the other parts to this small lightweight multi-tool. Carried it in my pocket for the whole trail. Lots of choice of course.No FFA Review

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