The information below is meant to be a guide if you’re planning on joining one of our trips, i.e. what to pack and how to be safe in the outdoors.
If you’re leading the trip, or heading out in your own group, check out how to run a trip—that page includes tips on things like understanding the weather.
Guide to Tramping
Rather then us rewrite things that have already been written, the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) has written guides on how to go tramping. The MSC is one of New Zealand’s main places to go for information about how to safely explore the the outdoors.
Have a read of their guide: Mountain Safety Council guide to multi-day tramping
And visit their website for more details:
Recommended Gear Lists
Remember “cotton is rotten”. You should never go tramping with cotton clothing (e.g. T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans), as it easily soaks up water and can become very heavy and cold. Ideally wear polypros or merino instead, you can often pick these up cheap at second-hand shops (‘op-shops’).
If you’re not sure about what you’ll need, check our recommended gear lists (day, overnight) These are somewhat comprehensive and don’t take into account the particulars of your trip or the weather at the time so do apply a bit of common sense when checking these lists.
If you’re unsure, please talk to a committee member!
Whilst tramping has inherent risks, the Canterbury University Tramping Club seeks to undertake its activities in a safe manner. Check out our safety page for more information, including on what you need to do to ensure a safe trip.
We reserve the right to not take you on a trip if we feel your safety will be at risk (e.g. wearing cotton clothing).