Health Card
Suggested First Aid Kit
Personal Equipment
Equipment for a Day Tramp
Equipment for a Backpacking Tramp
Equipment held by the Club for Use by Members

The Great Outdoors can be very unforgiving, especially with the rapid changes of weather we experience in New Zealand. As such, it is vital that trampers are properly equipped. The following details the sort of equipment that should be taken by Club members when tramping, and will make their tramping safe and enjoyable.

Health Card

The Club’s health card containing the following details must always be carried.

  • Your name and address
  • Your doctor’s name and phone number
  • The phone number of your next-of-kin or other contact
  • Any medical condition, and/or medication you are taking

This should be kept in a plastic bag in an outer pocket of your pack or in your first aid kit.

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Suggested First Aid Kit

  • Elastoplast dressing strip (7.5 cm x 1 m)
  • 6 100 mm non-stick dressing squares
  • 6 safety pins (assorted sizes)
  • 100 mm crepe bandage
  • Survival blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • 6 Band-Aids
  • Insect repellent
  • 12 Paracetamol tablets
  • Roll sticking plaster
  • Personal medication
  • Sunburn cream/lotion
  • Antihistamine tablets for stings
  • Notebook and pencil (not ball-point)
  • Copy FMC’s booklet Safety in the Mountains

NB. It is a Club requirement that a first aid kit be carried in your pack at all times.

Personal Equipment

Listed below are the items of clothing and equipment which must be worn or carried by each person on a Club tramp. When purchasing equipment, ask an experienced club member for advice - it can save you a lot of money!

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For a Day Tramp

  • Day pack
  • Shorts
  • Sturdy boots
  • Socks
  • Waterproof parka and overtrousers.
  • Wool, polarfleece or polypropylene, hat or balaclava, mittens or gloves, or bush shirt, jersey or jacket
  • Singlet, T-shirt or vest, long johns or trousers for winter
  • First aid kit
  • Nourishing lunch
  • Adequate hot/cold drinks
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper (in plastic bag)
  • Sunhat
  • Sun glasses or snow glasses (UV protecting)
  • Compass and map (optional)

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For a Backpacking Tramp

  • Tramping Pack
  • Water-proof pack liner (plastic rubbish bag, bivvy sack)
  • Sleeping bag (down or hollowfibre)
  • Ground mat
  • Bivvy sack or survival blanket
  • Sturdy boots
  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Waterproof parka and overtrousers.
  • Wool, polarfleece or polypropylene, hat or balaclava, mittens or gloves, bush shirt, jersey or jacket
  • Singlet, T-shirt or vest, long johns or trousers for winter, spare socks
  • Sunhat
  • Sun glasses or snow glasses (UV protecting)
  • Light shoes or sandals for hut wear
  • Plate or bowl and mug
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Matches or lighter and candle (in waterproof container)
  • Lightweight billy or frypan
  • Toilet paper (in plastic bag) and toilet gear
  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Spare bootlaces
  • Paper and pencil (in waterproof bag)
  • Whistle
  • Compass and map


  • Because weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly the need for woollen, polar fleece, polypropylene, and windproof clothing cannot be over emphasised.
  • Do not wear jeans or cords.
  • Pack all gear in plastic bags inside your pack liner.
  • A pack cover could be useful.
  • Be conscious of the need to eliminate unnecessary weight. (Light is right) If in doubt, ask the leader.
  • Leaders will advise on group equipment (tents, cookers etc.) and food.

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Equipment held by the Club for the use of Members

The Club owns some camping and other equipment which may be borrowed by members. This includes tents, billies, dehydrator, maps, locator beacons and some tramping books. The equipment is held by members, whose names and telephone numbers may be obtained from the Secretary.


Infomaps, published by the Department of Survey and Land Information are available at discounted prices, through FMC mail order and details are in the FMC Bulletin.


The Club insists that on all tramps under its management, the safety of the participants is of primary concern. It will be noted that many of the rules of the Club and the recommendations on clothing and equipment above are concerned with this. Members undertake to read and be acquainted with the FMC booklet Safety in the Mountains for further general guidance.

In Addition:
  • Before departing on a backpacking tramp, party leaders must fill in Mountain Safety Council Help Forms, and make sure that they are in the hands of the Backpacking Co-ordinator, in the case of a backpacking trips, or the Overnight Trip Co-ordinator, in the case of overnight trips for prospective members. These forms give the intended routes to be taken, names, addresses and telephone numbers of party members, and intended time of return. Copies of these forms may be obtained from the Secretary. Leaders are reminded to advise the appropriate co-ordinator immediately on their return.
  • All groups on a backpacking trip should carry locator beacons and on trips of more than three days mountain radios should be carried as well. Radios should be ordered well in advance, and at present the minimum hiring period is one week at a cost of $25.
  • Radios are available from: White Sign Service, 2 Walker Street Christchurch, Telephone: 03-366-5241.
  • The locations of the three locator beacons owned by the Club are printed in the Monthly Newsletter.
  • Members of the Club are urged to attend courses which are given from time to time by the Mountain Safety Council. Those on Outdoor First Aid, Bushcraft, River Crossing and Risk Management are recommended

Weather Forecasts

For the convenience of members, the following telephone numbers for weather forecasts are:

  • Blue Skies Weather and Climate Services
  • Canterbury Weather Line 0900-42278 (cost 99c per min)
  • Met Phone 0900-99903 (cost $1.15 per min) Also check out Links on our site for internet weather.

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