Things You Need

  • Daypack (if you are hiring a personal porter).
  • Backpack (either hire one for $150.00 or take a 65-70 litre pack suitable for your porter).
  • Metal hiking poles (you have the option of bringing two or one. We recommend poles because we use them to walk up and down steep hills. Make sure you learn how to adjust them before using them).
  • Waterproof head torch.
  • Ground foam or inflatable mat.
  • Light-weight sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable pillow.
  • Hydration pack or water bottles.
  • Plate, cup, knife, fork and spoon.
  • Hand washing sanitisers.
  • Anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Microfibre towel and body towels.
  • Toiletry bag (for females).
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner (we suggest dry shampoo for the ladies trekking, or plait your hair.
  • Toilet Paper  (in your daypack at all times and snap lock bags are great to put the paper in until you get to an area to dispose of rubbish or better still MATCHES TO BURN THE PAPER).
  • Durable waterproof bags or plastic garbage bags (to keep gear dry).
  • GoPro and/or waterproof digital camera, batteries and memory cards (take extra batteries and memory cards on the trip).
  • A very good pair of durable, robust and easy-to-slip-on adventure sandals for river crossings and to be worn around the camp.

Optional Extras

  • Inner Sheet (for sleeping bag).
  • Ear plugs and eye mask can assist light sleepers.

Clothing Suggestions For The Trek

  • Thongs (these are great when you are showering) / sandals.
  • Good rainproof jacket and trousers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Whilst not required we use these to sleep in as they pack small, and are lightweight – have a singlet one as well.
  • Socks (at least 4-6 pairs or more), keep a pair dry at all times.
  • Lightweight trekking pants for trek days (x 2).Trekking quick-dry are best, as these will dry out fast once wet. Have long pants that you can make into shorts (long pants are great so you don’t get cuts on your legs whilst trekking).
  • Pants or leggings for evening (have a spare pair of trek pants and if cold put my thermals underneath and make sure they are in a waterproof bag so you have dry clothes for end of day).
  • Long sleeved shirts with Collar x 2 (or short sleeves). Trekking shirts quick dry are great. Take long sleeves again to protect you against the sun and cuts on your arm. You can roll the sleeves up if it’s too hot.
  • Polar fleece jumper or soft shell jackets (again just keep in a water proof bag for end of the day).
  • Wool hat / beanie (take light weight ones – great at night if its gets cold).
  • Sun bucket hat or baseball hat (very important).
  • Underwear (normal amount for daily wear. Have trekking ones you can wash in and dry in a day).

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Things To Do

  • Get medical clearance from you doctor and discuss medications and vaccinations.
  • Make sure your passport is still valid, and renew if not “urgently.”
  • Arrange your tourist visa (entry permit) into Papua New Guinea (Visa On Arrival is available in PNG or you can be issued one with the PNG High Commission or consulates in Australia).
  • Arrange Travel insurance with QBE Insurance or an insurer who cover travel to PNG.
  • Organise any necessary prescription such as anti-malarial medication.
  • Purchase a backpack, light weight sleeping bag, hydration pack, and anything else you need to bring along on your trek.

Packing List

  • Documents and money.
  • Valid passport.
  • PNG tourist visa (entry permit).
  • Return international airline tickets.
  • Medical certificate.
  • Medicare card (Medicare card is required in case you have a problem and need to be evacuated to the nearest Australian hospital for medical treatment).
  • Travel insurance certificate.
  • Credit cards and cash (Papua New Guinean currency is the Kina) – our Kokoda trekkers need a minimum of K675.00 for the trip alone (This K500.00 spending money plus K175.00 for exigency landowner fees – that’s approx. A$300.00, and have them in smaller denominations of K50.00, K20.00. K10.00 and K5.00). You need these for village museum fees, war sites maintained by locals, alcohol, beverages, internet, telephone calls, etc).

Medical Kit

  • Medications as prescribed by your doctor (anti-malarial, antibiotic treatment, antacid tablets, anti-diarrhoeal, and indigestion preparations, epi-pen and any other prescription your doctor has recommended.
  • Lip balm (which contains sunscreen) and pawpaw ointment.
  • Sun Screen SP15 (water resistant is recommended).
  • Band-aid strips (varied pack).
  • Blister protection (eg Blistex or Compeed pads).
  • Insect repellent roll on or cream (repellents containing DEET are effective).
  • Antiseptic wipes or hand washing gel.
  • Cold and flu medication (We can a cold on when travelling anywhere).
  • Aspirin, Panadol, etc.
  • Antiseptic solutions (Betadine) / tea tree oil.
  • Iodine or puritabs for water purification (Must have!).
  • Elastic bandage or sports strapping.
  • Throat Lozenges or sweets.
  • A pair of nail scissors and tweezers.
  • Antihistamines (e.g. Telfast, Phenergan mg).
  • Travel calm tablets.
  • Diarrhoea tablets.
  • Anti inflammatory medications (Ibrofen, Voltaren or Nurofen).
  • Gastrolyte (Must have!).
  • Endura Powder (or something similar)
  • Foot fungi powder (Johnson Baby Powder works well).

What To Carry In Your Daypack

(if hiring a personal porter)

  • Water Bottle and hydration pack.
  • Camera and/or GoPro.
  • Rain jacket – G GORE-TEX® fabrics are great.
  • Hat/cap.
  • Valuables and personal items.
  • Sunscreen with SP15 (water resistant is recommended).
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes, tissues (toilet paper), and snap lock bags.
  • Snacks – good idea to bring extra snacks – chocolate, trail mix, protein bars, or energy bars (you can purchase these in Australia however I put them in your main luggage and declare them to quarantine at the airport. Unless the food item is prohibited, you should have no problems bringing them into PNG).
  • Create your own first aid kit (blister pads, tea tree oil for cuts etc.)
  • Optional – Always take a little pen and note pad to make notes or record information on trip.