You can never be too prepared. Organising your gear for Oxfam Trailwalker is no small task. But we are here to help

Below we've provided some tips to help you simplify the process.

Number one tip: Sort it out during training, not on the day!

Listen to past participants. Here are some points to keep in mind before starting the Oxfam Trailwalker.

1) Weather: Prepare for all weather conditions and the varying terrain. The weather can change dramatically during the course of the event — from cold to hot, wet to dry, etc

2) Test everything: Plan and test what you'll wear and carry during training. Don't try something new at the event!

3) Travel light: Leave heavy and spare gear (and food) with your support crew

4) Night light: Travelling at night can be the toughest part of the event. Use a head torch to keep your hands free for balance, and don't compromise on the power of the light. A wide, strong beam will help you stay emotionally and mentally strong.

5) Clothing: Be prepared for your clothing to get wet from either sweat or rain. Choose lightweight, breathable clothes that dry quickly, and carry extra clothing with you or your support crew for when you need a change.

6) Footwear: Wear a good pair of hiking shoes, boots or trail running shoes. Make sure they're well broken-in before the event by wearing them on practice walks. Don't wear new shoes for the event!

7) Socks: Just as important as your shoes! They must fit your feet. Don't get them a size too big or too thick for your shoes. Good-quality running socks should have all of these features.

8) Daypack: Keep it small, light and comfortable. Remember that you only have to carry enough gear, food and water to get you from one checkpoint to the next. That's why you have a support crew!

9) Walking poles: At least one set per team is advisable. You never know when a weary or injured team member will need the support that these poles provide. 

10) Mandatory gear: First aid kit. Make sure you have all required supplies in your kit as specified in the event rules.

WHAT TO WEAR IF IT'S HOT:
  • Quick-dry shorts, shirt and inner-wear to move moisture away from your skin
  • Tights/leggings or compression garments in short or 3/4 length to reduce muscle fatigue and chafing
  • Breathable, moisture managing and comfortable socks
  • Thin liner socks can be considered to go under the thicker sock to help prevent blisters
  • Trail running shoes or lightweight boots
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
WHAT TO WEAR IF IT'S COLD:
  • Quick-dry long pants, shirt and inner-wear
  • Tights/leggings or compression garments in short or 3/4 length to reduce muscle fatigue and chafing
  • Thermal top and pants
  • Lightweight wind-proof and/or insulated jacket
  • Thin (liner) gloves
  • Beanie
WHAT TO CARRY WITH YOU:
  • 15-25 litre daypack
  • Water containers totaling two-three litre capacity. A two or three litre water bladder with drinking tube is recommended as it allows for more frequent and hands-free drinking
  • Personal identification and some money for emergencies and purchasing food along the trail
  • Trail Map and a protective pouch
  • Dry (waterproof) bag or plastic bags to keep clothes dry and/or put wet gear in.
  • Snacks (salty and sweet) and energy food
  • Head torch with ample light and good battery life
WHAT TO CARRY AMONGST THE TEAM:
  • Mobile phone. Two per team, ideally on different networks, as per event rules
  • Spare torch batteries
  • Each team must carry at least one first aid kit at all times
WHAT TO LEAVE WITH YOUR SUPPORT CREW:
  • Duffle bag or box for storing the listed gear
  • Spare socks
  • Spare shoes, in case the main pair gives you blisters or are damaged
  • Spare shirts and pants
  • Your cold or wet weather gear
  • A warm jacket, pants and blanket/ sleeping bag for relaxing at checkpoints
  • Extra first aid gear. Spare torch, batteries and bulbs (if required)
  • Small walker's repair kit (spare shoelaces, safety pins, string)
  • Your team's food supplies
  • Electrolyte replacements to add to your drinking water