What You Need To Bring

  • A good backpack if providing your own (unless you want to hire a backpack).
  • A day pack (if hiring a personal porter).
  • A travelling bag with your clothes and gear.
  • Clothing, including two sets for trekking, one for cold weather and one for sleeping.
  • Good hiking or military boots.
  • Metal hiking poles (You have the option to bring one or two poles).
  • A lightweight sleeping bag / bivvy bag
  • Ground foam or Inflatable mat and pillow
  • Durable plastic garbage bags to keep gear dry
  • Personal first aid kit.
  • Plate, cup, knife, fork, and spoon.
  • Hydration/camel pack or water bottles.
  • Purifying tabs.
  • Torch and spare batteries.
  • Camera, mobile phone, charger and any other personal items
  • Toilet roll and toiletries.
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Some nibbles and Gatorade or Powerade powdered drink

It’s a good idea to bring the bare minimum on your Kokoda trek and to keep the weight of your backpack between 10-15kg if carrying your own pack.

Features Of Good Trek Clothing

Shirts – you want to wear comfortable shirts that’ll keep you dry when you start to sweat and work harder. Try to avoid tees made of cotton as they trap moisture and sweat. They cool you down quickly, make you wet, chilly, and uncomfortable. Take both short and long sleeves which can be worn depending on how hot it is. Short sleeves shorts leave your hands exposed to the elements, while long sleeves will keep you from getting sunburnt and scratches from plants and rocks.

Shorts & pants – whether you choose your shorts or pants or both is entirely up to you. Shorts and pants made of materials such as spandex and nylon are highly recommended than cotton, as they tend to dry more quickly and are durable. Having both shorts and pants is a good thing for the Kokoda Trail where it can be heavily vegetated and cold now, and hot and humid the next. Shorts gives you more freedom and are cooler compared to pants. Pants keeps your legs protected from harmful plants and keeps you warm when feel a drop in temperature at higher altitudes.

Boots & socks – you need boots that’s durable, comfortable, and suited to tropical weather conditions. It can get very wet and muddy on the Kokoda Trail so we recommend boots made of Gore-tex or a similar material that’ll keep your feet dry and comfortable. Look for boots that provide more ankle support to avoid any ankle injury. Fitting is important. Make sure you select a footwear that fits perfectly to avoid foot aches and blisters. Your socks must be comfortable and made of wool or synthetic material that dries quickly and let your feet and toes breathe.

Wet weather gear – expect rain on the Kokoda Trail at any time even if it’s the dry season so take a rain jacket with you. A jacket that is waterproof and breathable is highly recommended because it keeps sweat and body moisture out while keeping you dry from the rain. You can also take a poncho with you to keep you and your pack out of the rain but they won’t be as comfortable as a rain jacket.

Head gear – a cap or hat is highly recommend to keep your face and head protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Choose headwear that’s fully brimmed, keeps your head warm, and protects you from the rain in the event of heavy downpour.

What You Need For Your Trek & Tour

If you plan to trek Kokoda, make sure you have all the right outdoor clothing and equipment. We hire out backpacks for a mere $150.00 if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a brand new one. With every booking, we provide you with an all-weather individual tent, and a Kokoda Trail Expeditions highly breathable t-shirt and cap as a souvenir to keep.

The gear you bring with you needs to be suited to the tropical climate and weather conditions in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We recommend good clothing made of synthetic materials that’ll keep you cool when you start to sweat and work harder during your trek under very hot and humid weather conditions.

Features Of A Good Backpack

If you’re prepared to invest in a brand new backpack, these are some of the features you should look for:

  • Very supportive.
  • Pivoting waist belt.
  • Great shoulder straps.
  • Relatively lightweight.
  • Able to carry heavy loads.
  • Good and accessible pockets.
  • Has good ventilation.
  • Innovative adjustments
  • Fit standard rain covers and dry sacks.

Certainly, selecting a good backpack is a trade-off between how much you want to spend and the features you’re after so choose carefully.

Personal Porter

You have the option of hiring a Personal Porter to carry your large backpack with all your personal gear in it while you carry a small hydration or daypack. Personal Porters have the added responsibility of making sure you are safe by walking next to you and making sure you don’t fall on your backside so you’re always in safe hands. When you hire a personal porter for your Kokoda trek, you’re also helping the local communities who rely on tourism for their livelihoods. The cost for a Personal Porter is $550.00 per person.

Food & Equipment Porters

Food and Equipment Porters are allocated for every Kokoda Trail trek. These porters carry up to 20kg of food and equipment, including trek rations, cooking utensils, individual dome tent, camping supplies, communications equipment, and survival gear. A Food and Equipment Porter isn’t a Personal Porter whose responsibility is to carry your personal gear, so if you think you need a Personal Porter, hire yours before you get to PNG. On the Kokoda Trail, it maybe impossible to find one if you start to struggle and need help.

Individual Tents & Village Guesthouses

You’ll spend nights on your Kokoda trek in a supplied individual tent in jungle campsites which is usually a dome tent that can accommodate up two man. Other nights will be spent in beautifully built village guesthouses in the villages inhabited by lovely locals. The porters will carry, assemble, and disassemble your tent at the campsites, and you’ll be shown where to sleep in the guesthouses. The campsites and guesthouses have toilets, a fireplace, kitchen, and water for washing, cooking and drinking. Make sure you must purify your water before consumption.

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