Check this gear list to make sure you're prepared before you head out into the bush.

This is a generic gear list for being in the outdoors. The Mountain Safety Council has gear lists tailored for what type of hunting you want to do.

The Mountain Safety Council hunting gear lists

Pack and sleeping

  • Pack and pack liner
  • Tent or tent fly and groundsheet
  • Bedroll or inflatable mattress
  • Sleeping bag


  • 2 x wool or polypropylene tops
  • 2 x wool or polypropylene long johns
  • 2 x pair of shorts
  • 2 x pair of socks
  • 2 x pair of underpants
  • Warm jersey
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy boots
  • Gaiters
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Overtrousers
  • Spare camp footwear

What colour to wear

You should wear clothing that contrasts with the environment you're hunting in. This is to help other hunters identify you correctly instead of mistaking you for game.


  • Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Use a loo and be prepared with a back-up toilet option

Food, drink and snacks

  • High energy food & snacks
  • Water bottles
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Billy/fry pan
  • Plate, cup and cutlery
  • Dishwashing liquid and dishcloth
  • Matches or lighters


  • Personal first aid kit
  • Survival kit
  • Personal locator beacon


Your phone may not work in the backcountry. However, there are multiple options that will work in the backcountry including:

  • mountain radios
  • satellite messenger devices, and
  • satellite phones.

Mountain Safety Council information on how to use and get these communication options.

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