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How to prepare for an overnight or multi-day hike

There’s no feeling quite like heading out on a hike or a bushwalk with the goal of sleeping along the route. Carrying all that you need on your back and staying at remote campgrounds, or in simple cabins, is one of the most immersive ways to experience NSW national parks – but how do you get the skills? Making the jump from longer day hikes to overnight or even multi-day hiking adventures opens up a world of possibilities. You might have even seen hikers with larger backpacks on your travels and wondered how they learnt to do a multi-day hike. Well, it’s probably easier than you think. There are a lot of things to consider, and it can seem overwhelming, but by breaking them up into different elements preparing for your multi-day hike becomes much simpler. You might even have fun! Here are the main things to consider when planning your journey:

Two people walking the Murramarang South Coast Walk Photo credit: Remy Brand / DPE
Photo Information Murramarang National Park Remy Brand / DPE, 2023

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