Equipment List

Arrangements have been made to transfer your clean clothes and any other items you may need from Lae to Madang whilst the group is on the track. Please put items that you are not taking on the trek and want transferred to Madang in a seperate locked bag.

Following is the equipment list you require for this trek:

  • One rimmed Hat or Peak Cap
  • One pair of gaiters (gaiters keep socks and (protection against rain and/or sun) tops of your boots clean. Help stop leaches and grass cuts)
  • Two long sleeve quick dry shirts
  • Bandana (optional)
  • Two pairs of quick dry shorts (some people may prefer to walk in long trekking pants)
  • One polypro top (evening)
  • Four-six pair of thick socks (recommend woollen)
  • One track suit pants or similar (evening)
  • Two pair of thin sock liners - optional
  • One long sleeved warm top (evening)
  • One pair of bush walking boots (with good grip, ankle support and preferably waterproof, must be broken in)
  • Two/three sets of underwear
  • One pair of sneakers/sandals (for day's end)
  • One poncho style rain jacket. The really cheap plastic ones are okay.
  • One towel (the quick drying sports towel, you can buy from camping stores are ideal)
  • One pair of lycra gym shorts. (optional)
  • One 80-90 litre large backpack
  • One day pack (35 litres) must be good quality and have chest and hip straps.
  • One medium weight sleeping bag (Plus 10 celcius)
  • One thermarest (self inflating mattress) or one rubber sleeping mat
  • Small pillow
  • Pack Cover for when it rains
  • Mosquito Net (please tie a long piece of string to the tabs so you can tie the net up.)
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Head torch or small torch & spare batteries
  • Camel pack - this is a bladder which enables you to drink via a tube from your daypack (3 litre capacity for water)
  • Spoon/cup/bowl/utensils
  • Swimmers
  • Sarong (for the ladies)
  • Small light weight stool (optional)
  • Personal: Camera (spare battery)/film (extra memory card), note book,
  • Toothbrush/paste, toilet paper, soap, shampoo etc
  • Extra bag for leaving gear in Port Moresby while on the trek.
  • Wet Wipes (take plenty-first two days there is only drinking water available)

Clothing

During the day it can be quite hot and humid.  The nights can get quite cold.  It is recommended that you wear long sleeve shirts.  You should also bring a bandana to wear around your neck, a hat or peak cap, thick socks, walking boots and gaiters.  If you are prone to chafing it is a good idea to wear a pair of Lycra gym shorts under of ordinary shorts. Or make sure that you Vaseline those areas well prior to starting out each day. Each night we either stay in villages or camp beside a creek with plenty of fast flowing, crystal clear mountain water.  We always have the opportunity to have a good refreshing bath.  After this you will want to change into a spare set of dry clothing. You must be prepared for rain, you must bring plastic bags/zip lock bags or better still dry sacks to store spare clothing, sleeping bag etc within your pack.  This will ensure you always have something dry to put on.

Equipment

Back packing equipment for camping can be purchased, hired from us. If you are carrying your own pack and not taking a Personal Porter one of the most important items is a good backpack.  One that can be adjusted so approximately two-thirds of the weight will sit on your hips and one-third on your shoulders.  Ensure the belt is well padded to avoid chafing. You will need a medium weight sleeping bag for although it is quite hot and humid during the day it can be very chilly at night along the Kokoda plateau.  If you have a good set of thermal underwear, a self-inflating sleeping mat, small pillow and a sleeping bag you will enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep each night. There is the opportunity to stay at village guesthouse accommodation at Isurava, Alolo, Efogi, Menari and Naoro.  For the other locations we will sleep in tents. You will also need a plate, canteen/cup and eating utensils.  We will provide all cooking pots. 

Very important that all your clothes, sleeping bag etc are put into zip lock bags, plastic bags or dry sacks to help keep them dry.

Also please line your pack with a large garbage bag.

Bring a couple of large garbage bags to put over your big pack if it does not come with a pack cover.

Medical

You should have a medical check up prior to departure.  Check with your local doctor to see which vaccinations are recommended.  You should ensure your tetanus booster is current.  Malaria poses the most serious health risk.  Advise you Doctor you are going to PNG for 11 days or so and will be spending 6-9 of those on the Kokoda Track.  Your Doctor will brief you on the requirements for malarial precautions, which include. Avoiding mosquito bites by using ‘Rid’ repellent and by wearing suitable clothing. Taking anti-malarial drugs as prescribed sleeping under a mosquito net. 

First Aid

We carry a basic first aid kit for the group however there are items which you should bring to treat minor ailments or irritations. The major area of concern is your feet.  Ensure you have a comfortable pair of walking boots and good thick socks (bring a couple of pair of thin socks as they can be worn with the thick ones to prevent blisters). Each night you will have the opportunity to thoroughly wash and dry your feet.  It is then a good idea to give them a liberal covering of tinea or anti fungal powder to dry them out during the night.  Next morning it is advisable to give them a liberal coating of Vaseline. We recommend tea tree antiseptic oil or cream to treat any minor scratches or bites you might have. The best protection against malaria is to avoid being bitten.  Mosquitoes are not a major problem on the Kokoda Track because of the altitude.  Nevertheless they are about.  We therefore advise you to wear long sleeved shirts and apply ‘Rid’ mosquito repellent to any exposed areas of skin whenever you stop and rest. Blisters should not be a problem if you have good boots and have broken them in properly.  Even so it is a wise precaution to have a blister kit with you.  The Spenko blister kit contains a soothing ‘second skin’ and is highly recommended.

We recommend you bring the following in your personal first-aid kit.

  • Anti malarial tablets (as prescribed by your doctor)
  • Antihistamine (such as Benadryl)-useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, or ease the itch from insect bites or stings.
  • Antiseptic – mercurochrome and antibiotic powder/tea tree antiseptic cream/oil – for cuts and scratches
  • Calamine lotion – to ease irritation from bites or stings.
  • Kailin preparation (Pepto Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for stomach upsets
  • Rehydration mixture – for dehydration, especially that caused by sever diarrhoea
  • Vaseline – Please put Vaseline on your feet to help prevent blisters. Also used to prevent chaffing.
  • Tropical Strength Aero guard or Rid Mosquito repellent (no aerosol cans please)
  • Two Senko Blister Packs. Two rolls of broad elastic bandage and six safety pins.
  • Panadol/neurofen etc Band aids
  • One roll of elastoplasts One jar of staminade (put in zip lock bag)
  • Sun block/lip balm One packet of glucose tablets
  • Water purification tablets (enough for 6 litres/day)

Important: Trekkers must purify their water

 

What goes in your Day Pack?

Your personal porter will be carrying the majority of your gear including the tent. You should have in your daypack.

  • Camel pack or water bottles that will take 2-3 litres of water and purification tablets.
  • Sunhat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • Cup, fork, spoon, knife and plate/bowl. We supply all other cooking utensils.
  • hand wash/wipes.
  • one days rations (issued each evening)
  • Rain coat. Light cheap poncho style is good. Remember it will still be warm even though it’s raining.
  • Camera,
  • Staminade or some form of energy drink made up in bottle on outside of your pack.
  • Personal items such as plasters, toilet paper.
  • Head torch (in case we get caught out trekking at night) there is always the possibility that this may happen on our first day out depending on what time we fly into Kokoda. Sometimes the plane is delayed due to weather.

Please keep your daypack as light as possible. Your personal porter will never be far away, if you need anything out of your large pack during the day this will not be a problem.

 

Carrying your own pack

If you decide to go down this road and carry your pack this will be a huge physical challenge. You should be an experienced trekker and used to carrying a large pack of between 16-20kgs over very rugged terrain. Kokoda is either up or down, there are no flat spots and the track is absolutely unrelenting.

You will be required to carry everything listed in the above equipment list, plus your tent 2.8kgs and water between 2-3kilos.

There will no possibility of getting you a personal porter once you are on the track. If you are unable to carry your pack then you will be flown off the track. There is no insurance for not being able to carry your pack.

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