Arise Packlist

What you need for Arise

These are needed items for the ARISE Challenge. You may choose to bring as many items or as little as you like – however, our recommendation is to not overpack. You will want to aim for as light as possible. If you do not already own specific items, we encourage you to borrow as much as possible. ARISE will supply your food ration and water. Please note that there will be no electricity or flushing toilets on the trip.


  • Backpack (min. 50-65 litres)
  • Waterproof pack cover (often comes with backpack)

Sleeping Kit:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Tent for yourself (small 1-2 person tent – share if you can)

Cooking Kit:

  • Small cooker
  • Small butane gas can
  • Pot
  • Lighter or matches
  • Water bottle
  • 2L hydration pack
  • Mug – durable, for hot liquid
  • Spoon and fork
  • Food ration provided by Arise
  • Rubbish bag

Hygiene and Personal care:

No makeup allowed on Arise Challenge

  • Toilet paper on wet wipes
  • Small towel (optional)
  • Sanitary supplies and Ziploc bag
  • Personal medication (prescription/ibuprofen, inhaler, Epipens, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Chaffing ointment: Vaseline or talcum powder
  • Small shovel



Arrive dressed to take part. Check local temperatures for the ARISE location and adjust your packing appropriately. Thrift stores are great stores to look for outdoor clothing!

  • Pants for hiking (designed for outdoor activity – NO cotton or jeans) trousers (outdoor/survival)
  • Shorts or long pants for hiking (designed for outdoor activity – quick dry)
  • Shirt for hiking – long or short sleeve (quick dry/wicking recommended)
  • Pyjamas
  • Warm layer – fleece sweater or puffy (down) jacket (weather dependent)
  • Waterproof breathable wind/rain Jacket and pants (i.e., Gore-Tex)
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Socks (wicking/wool)
  • Underwear

Hiking Footwear

  • Hiking boots (waterproof treated or Gore-Tex; “broken in” boots – not brand new)


  • Headlamp (new batteries & spares)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)


  • ID/Driver’s license
  • Medicare photocopy
  • Emergency contact information

Equipment tip:

Try to borrow items you do not already have; purchasing kit you don’t usually use could be an unnecessary expense. Please get in touch with your team leader or admin if you need help sourcing equipment.