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What gear should I bring?

posted Jan 18, 2017, 9:50 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor]

There is no single right answer to this. However, thefollowing lists are based on previous experience and will be helpful if you arestanding surrounded by a pile of ball gowns, overalls, croquet sets, shorts anddinner jackets wondering which to leave behind. All your clothes and camping gear will travel by road not in your boat but with nearly 100 people travellingon the Raid, the amount of gear becomes a major issue. If everyone brings 25kgthat’s 2.5 tonnes of personnel gear to load and unload every day.

A maximum of 23-25kgs including all your camping gear shouldbe enough for anyone. Packing in two or more lighter bags is better thancramming everything in a very heavy single bag and hoping no-one will notice. Stuff you are bringing to Tasmania but don’t need during the Raid should be packed separately and left in Franklin. We will organise for it to be transferred to Hobart on 10 February.

You will not need to bring camping chairs – chairs areprovided. There will be a marquee at each evening stop over which could be usedto dry clothing. Water will be available at every site but islimited. At some stopovers basic washing facilities will be available.

This was the listput out for tn15:

Sailing/Rowing Gear

1.      Wet Weather Gear,Wet Suit, Dry Suit

2.      PFD 100/150

3.      2 Pairs Polypropyleneor woollen thermal underwear – long sleeved top and long johns.

4.      Polar fleece jacket(preferred) or woollen jumper

5.      Sailing Boots or WetSuit Booties or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet – you may have to wade ashoreover oysters

6.      Beanie and Sunhatand Sunscreen

7.      Sunglasses

8.      Shorts or light-weight/quickdrying long pants if you want to keep the sun off

Evening Wear

1.      3 Warm long pants –evening camp

2.      3 Shirts / t-shirts– 3 recommended

3.      Socks – 3 pairsrecommended

4.      Underwear (Leave that up to you!)

5.      Lightweight footwear

6.      Polar fleece jacket(preferred) or woollen jumper or Light Rain Shell

Personal Gear

1.      Toiletries

2.      Towel or bodychamois – light and quick to dry

3.      Swimming costume

4.      Water bottle – atleast 1.5 litres

5.      Camera, small torch,binoculars

6.      Tent, sleeping bagand mat.

If you would like a female perspective, the following listis from a Raid-Regular from overseas – she has a reputation for packing lightbut wishes to remain anonymous


Rowingfootwear with strong soles (oysters!)

Walking or trek shoes

(You might get away with the same pairfor rowing / trekking)

Flip flops (because they don’t take upmuch room)

2 -3 x pairs of socks – to keep yourfeet warm at night or for trekking



1 pair of lightweight long trousers(which can be washed and dried quickly)

1 x cotton leggings (can be worn undershorts to keep legs warm)



2 x swimming shorts  (dry easily, also reduces the needunderwear!)

2 x campsite shorts



3 – 4 pairs (1 for wearing, 1 forwashing / drying, 2 x spare)

Bikini tops (which also double as bras,ladies – or gents!)



Rowing tops, vests t shirts (lightweightfabric so wash / dry quickly)

2 x long sleeved tops (1 for wearing forsun protection / windproof when rowing, 1 for campsite at night)

1 lightweight fleece / jacket



1 x pac-a-mac waterproof jacket

1 x pac-a-mac waterproof trousers (goodfor warmth over shorts)



Sun hat

‘buff’ neckwarmer  (has a multiple of uses)


Additional clothing

2 x lightweight outfit for evening useon-land e.g at the boat festival or a restaurant visit (although you couldeasily wear a combo of the stuff above


Camping stuff


Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat

Small dry bag (can be stuffed withclothes to make into a pillow)

Head torch

Solar shower (there are plenty of folkwith these, so you might be able to borrow a shot of one)



In general, things which can bemulti-use are best

e.g Bar of soap (can wash you and yourclothes and reduces in size as the trip goes on!)

Shower gel (that can be used as shampooand also for washing clothes)


Toothbrush and toothpaste

+ other personal items


Other stuff

Lifejacket and ideally a spare cylinder

Camera + charger  (USB / car lighter charger are best)

Pen and paper (I never travel withoutthese!)

bin bags (to put wet kit in etc)

Any personal medication

Sweeties / candies etc

A pack of cards

Ear plugs – there’s always a snorernearby

A big smile