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But despite your excitement, it’s important to make sure a few important things aren’t overlooked. Kokoda has a compulsory equipment list, on it, a few items that will make your experience safer and far more enjoyable.
With that being said, sometimes the importance of our ‘main’ equipment can overlook the smaller items that contribute to this big picture of safety and comfort. Lucky for you we’ve had a look at your compulsory list and thrown in a few items we think will serve you well through the challenge and hopefully into your next outdoors adventure!
Pealess whistles are a compulsory item, A pealess whistle simply means it does not contain the little ball inside that rattles around, as this can get clogged with dirt or jammed when wet.
We’d recommend picking up a Fox 40 classic. We could talk it up all we wanted, but with no moving parts to freeze or jam, it's the standard choice for rescue professionals and general safety worldwide. For such little cost, look no further.
Taking electronics into the outdoors has become a vital aspect of both enjoyment and safety, staying charged up is crucial to make sure you're both reachable in an emergency, and so that your instagram followers know you’re doing Kokoda!
For one to two nights I’d recommend the Goal Zero Sherpa power pack. A super portable charger that can juice up anything from your smartphone to your mirrorless camera. If you’re out for a while, pair it up with the Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel and have SpaceX level power while deep in the green.
Although at times you’ll have access to portable toilets along the track, it’s important to remember that you’re not the only one wanting to use them. When push comes to shove maybe it’s time you accepted the inevitable and partnered up with the dynamic duo of the bush toilet. The trowel and biodegradable toilet paper.
I’ll make this as simple as possible as this topic should never be over complicated, I get it, you’re embarrassed. But the Sea to Summit Pocket Trowel will keep your secret safe as long as you make sure to respect and follow National Park Guidelines. Make sure to leave everything the way you found it.
They say if you think something tiny can never make a massive impact, you’ve never met the mosquito. One thing we’d recommend as a vital item to pack, is N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide. Never heard of that? It’s also known as Deet, the oil in insect repellants keeping the mozzies off your skin. It’ll save you a lot of grief down the track for something so lightweight and low cost.
Kill two birds with one stone and try out the Bushman Plus Pump Spray with added sunscreen, less bottles to take and two appliances in one for a 7 hour protection time.
These little accessories can make a world of difference during your long trek through the bush like compasses, gear ties, waterproofing accessories or organisational tools.
Your Kokoda Challenge is coming up fast and if you need any last minute items, we’re here to help! Shoot us a message online or come in store and chat with our experts!