Equipment

The Poop Pack - The fine art of pooping in the bush

Rules of engagement:

 

Rule 1.

 

The hole you poop in must be at least 6 inches deep, so approximately 15cms.

 

Rule 2.

 

You must not poop within 200 feet, so approximately 61 metres of a river or waterway of any kind.

 

It can contaminate the water and possibly make animals and even humans sick.

 

Rule 3.

 

Don’t poop right next to the track.

 

On the Three Capes Walk I was given a guide of the types of animal poop and how to identify it, that’s defiantly not a poop people want to spot

 

Rule 4.

 

Don’t poop where people put up their tents.

 

There’s nothing worse than setting up your tent to find you have put it right next to a giant human turd. If you need to go to the toilet during the night make sure you have a good head torch that can help lead the way to your royal throne.

 

Rule 5.

 

Either bury your toilet paper (low grade ply) along with your poop or more preferably pop it into a zip lock bag to store it until you can pop it into a bin.

 

If you are camping and are allowed a camp fire, burn it!

 

Never bury toilet paper in sandy soil as it won’t break down.

 

Rule 6.

 

Take a good hand shovel that has a spike/pik on it just in case the ground’s hard to dig. If you don’t have something sharp then poor a bit of water onto the soil to soften it first before digging.

 

Rule 7.

 

Remember to pack a good hand sanitizer to use afterwards to eliminate the risk of germs, alternately you could use baby wipes. Make sure to not discard the baby wipes but place them into a plastic bag and take with you when you leave.

 

Rule 8.

 

Feminine hygiene products should always be placed in a zip lock bag and carried out with you when you leave.

 

Rule 9.

 

Before leaving for your hike or camping trip make sure you have your ‘Poop Pack’ ready to go.

 

Rule 10.

 

It would be rather ‘crappy’ to be bitten on the bum whilst pooping so make sure you haven’t dug right next to a jack jumpers nest

'R Value' what is it you ask?

Well it's a very important thing to know about when choosing your hiking mattress especially in Tasmania.

'R Value' relates to the capacity to resist heat flow in your hiking mat. The higher the 'R' value the more comfortable nights sleep you will have a on a cold winters night.

Who wants to wake up through the night aching because your cold to the bone?!! Not me...I did it once and never again!! Worst night sleep of my life!! I may have well have gone and laid on an ice rink as I'm sure the ground couldn't have felt much colder.

Other things to keep in mind when choosing a hiking mat is the bulkiness and weight of the mattress.

Portable battery charges

There's nothing worse than you're mobile phone dying on you when you're out bush for the weekend especially when you rely on it in case of an emergency and for taking photos etc

So what do you do when you hear that beep of the phone and your battery has 10% left?

Equipment for an overnight or multiday hike

Small pack

Sunscreen

First Aid kit

Sun hat

Water

A light rain jacket

Beanie and gloves if the weather is cooler

Bag for rubbish

Camera/Phone

Gaiters

Map if required

Whistle

Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat

Tent

Cooker/gas

Matches/lighter

Head torch

Spare Batteries

Food

Change of clothes for ON walk

PLB or EPIRB if available

Let relative or friend know where you are going and expected time of return

Parks pass if visiting a NP

Extra water for overnight if none available on track (up to 6 litres)

Trekking pole/poles

Water purification tablets

Equipment for a day hike

Small pack

Sunscreen

First Aid kit

Sun hat

Walk under 1 hours 1 litre bottle of water should be sufficient, over 2hrs take a 2nd bottle

A few snacks such as nuts, fruit, muesli bars

A light rain jacket

Beanie and gloves if the weather is cooler

Bag for rubbish

Camera/Phone

Gaiters

Map if required

Let relative or friend know where you are going and expected time of return

Parks pass if visiting a National Park

Trekking pole/poles

Water purification tablets

Snake Protex Gaiters

I always imagined my gaiters would protect me from snake bites. They were a reputable brand and weren't cheap so I had the expectation that they would be as good as any other gaiters out there on the market.

However, the reality is that most gaiters on the market will only help protect you from the prickly scrub and wet conditions. Who would have thought?

A friend of mine recently pointed me in the right direction to the world of Snake Protex, a brand of gaiters specifically designed to help keep you safe from those slithery critters.

Although nothing is ever 100% full proof they have been tried and tested on some of Australia's most deadliest.

Snake Protex was conceived, designed and tested in Australia.

Some City Councils in fact use them for their employers for when they are work outdoors in sewers, parks and the like.

Any gaiters are better than none so don't stop wearing the ones you have but the Snake Protex gaiters are defiantly worth checking out for that added protection, after all no one likes a snake hickey!!

Here's a link to their website, check these bad boys out!!

http://snakeprotex.com.au/

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