Walking Cavalcaders – What to bring…

Specific trails may have specific gear lists – these will be sent out in January. Below is a good guidline.



Pack   Period Costume  
Sleeping Bag   Personal toiletries  
Sleeping mat/Airbed   Wipes  
Parka   Blister Pads  
Overtrousers   First Aid Kit  
Sturdy footwear   Sunscreen  
Hat   Insect repellent  
Gloves   Teatowel  
Bushshirt, jersey, jacket   Cutlery, plate, bowl, mug  
Trousers, tops   Torch  
Underwear, thermal wear   Camera (optional)  
Shorts, socks   Sunglasses  
Change of footwear/clothes   Scroggin etc  
Togs   Water Bottle – at least 1.5L  

It is essential that everyone carry Blisterpads. I can hear you say but I never get blisters but the Cavalcade seems to have an uncanny way of making blisters a first time experience for a lot of people. Band-Aid Blister Packs can be purchased at most Supermarkets.

Daypack large enough to carry wet weather gear, thermals, lunch and personal effects.

3 thoughts on “Walking Cavalcaders – What to bring…

  1. Thank you for your first contact. I have asked for a ride on a wagon, so imagine that I will need everything except the blister pads.
    MOST important, I need to go to the loo during the night.For distances I use two walking sticks, but around the house/collecting the mail, I walk with a stoop.
    I imagine that I ‘rough it”
    What do I see of shower, pyjamas?
    Would you advise 1 pr lightweight woollen trou,and/or heavier, plus 1 cotton trou or ??
    i.e.I am from Sth Ak, and not sure of your weather.
    On your advice, I will fly to ??????
    Barbara Jeffs barbarajeffs@xtra.co.nz

    • Hi Barbara – Yep, plenty of warm layers. It could well be in the high 20’s but you could also have some ‘cooler’ days where two layers of thermal underware and a gersey and a jacket will be required. (Gloves and a wooly hat too are a good idea). Toilets will be port-a-loos and if you talk nicely to the Trail Boss he’ll probably park one nice and close to your wagon. There are no showers. Pyjamas are optional, if it’s a good warm night night you may prefer going to bed ‘in the buff’ but more than likely it’ll be easier and more comfortable to just stay in your woolen thermals. Have you talked to Lester Rowntree or some other Heavy Wagon driver about a seat on their wagon?

      All the best.


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