What gear to bring when getting outdoors

“We want all of our attendees to have an amazing memorable time, and having the right gear is one of the basic principles of the outdoors”

– Robert Bruce, Founder.

As an indication of what you might need to bring, we have prepared a few scenarios below. Your exact gear list will change based on the location, season, and facilities provided at the destination and will be sent to you when you book an event. Below is a useful start to get you thinking about what gear you might need, should you want to get outdoors with us!

Got To Get Out guides / hosts may ask to view your gear before departing on a trip, and have permission to open your bag to check.

Day Hike in summer (half day)


  • Grippy walking shoes, or boots (avoid sneakers)
  • Day pack (est 30l)
  • High-energy snacks for the walk (e.g. scroggin or trail mix)
  • Food for lunch or main meals
  • Peaked or brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water (1.5 l). Hydration pack or bottles
  • Breathable material clothing (avoid jeans, cotton)
  • Thermal or merino base layer (in case it gets cold)
  • Any personal first aid

Optional (highly recommended)

    • Rain jacket (you never know!)
    • Emergency blanket
    • Cooker, if allowed in the area, to make a hot tea or food


Day Hike in winter


  • Grippy walking shoes or hiking boots (avoid sneakers)
  • Day pack (est 30l)
  • Beanie or head/neck scarf
  • Water (1.5 l). Hydration pack or bottles
  • Warm layers of merino, then fleece, then rain protection. Avoid jeans, cotton
  • Spare thermal or merino base layer in your bag
  • Any personal first aid

Optional (highly recommended)

    • Over trousers
    • Emergency blanket
    • Cooker, if allowed in the area, to make a hot tea

Multi-day hike gear list


  • A pack appropriate for what you’re carrying (65l plus)
  • Bag protector (rain proof)
  • Sturdy hiking boots (broken-in already)
  • Sleeping bag, inside waterproof bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (recommended to keep your bag clean!)
  • Water bottles or hydration pack; 2-3 liters
  • Water purification
  • Rain and windproof jacket, waterproof for heavy rain
  • Beanie and sun hat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Dry clothing to sleep in
  • Wool/merino thermals + extra pair in backpack
  • Spare socks and underwear
  • Toilet paper and other toiletries you make require
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • High energy snacks for the trip
  • Food for every day hiking (breakfast/lunch/dinner) + 1 extra day of emergency food
  • Gas cooker
  • Spare gas
  • Cup, mug, plate/bowl, knife/fork/spoon
  • Plastic bag (for rubbish – everything that comes in needs to go out)
  • First aid kit, emergency blanket
  • Map, GPS, compass, Navigation tools
  • Head Torch + extra batteries
  • Tent (if required)
  • Mattress (if required)

Optional (highly recommended)

    • Hut shoes (slides or slippers, etc)
    • A fly sheet for emergency or lunch shelter if raining
    • Powerbank
    • PLB if you have one (our trip leader will always carry one)

Mountain biking gear list

  • Padded shorts
  • Quick-dry clothing
  • Jacket (that is a ‘must’ for outdoor events!). Lightweight is fine
  • Grippy shoes (lace up) no open-toes, no jandals / sandals
  • No loose clothing (don’t tie something round your waist – gets stuck in the wheel)
  • Cycling gloves are a good idea
  • Glasses are a good idea to stop dirt in your eyes
  • Well-fitted helmet
  • Water (go for a plastic bottle not metal, which rattle round in the cages) 
  • Or hydration pack
  • Other useful stuff: first aid kit, spare tube and tire levers, pump, allen key set.
  • All of the above can go in a small (20L) backpack.
At Got To Get Out we rent bikes and helmets, so if you need a bike for a ride please ask to rent one!