Essential Equipment List

Essential Equipment

  • Swag with sheets, pillow and doona
  • Sheets, pillow and doona or use the set from your swag
  • Extra blankets if you are heading for cold areas
  • 4-8 pairs of jeans (depending on how often you like doing your washing)
  • 4-8 cotton work shirts with long sleeves and button down pockets
  • 2-4 pairs short sleeve shirts (some properties require that you wear long sleeves)
  • 2-4 pairs work shorts (some properties require that you wear jeans)
  • Work boots elastic sided, not steel capped, the more comfortable the better
  • Riding boots (if horses are used)
  • Gloves (rigger type for fencing and/or motorbike gloves)
  • Waterproof Jacket (and pants if in high rainfall area)
  • Casual shoes (thongs, sandals or running shoes)
  • Jumper, wool or polar fleece (more than 1 if you are heading anywhere cold)
  • Vest also wool or polar fleece (useful when it’s not cold but mild)
  • Hat with full brim (Akubra or felt type, the wider the brim the better)
  • Casual clothes to wear on your time off
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (take a few pairs of cheap sunglasses as they get lost or broken)
  • Torch, battery operated
  • Alarm clock, battery operated, you may not have power overnight if you are on Generator power
  • Batteries – spares for alarm clock, torch etc.
  • Notebook (fit in your shirt pocket)
  • Pens or pencils (you may be supplied with these but take some in case you aren’t)
  • Pocket knife
  • Watch (take a couple of mid priced watches in case they break)
  • Belt (can attach watch, pocket knife or pliers pouches to it)
  • Insect repellent
  • Camel pack to carry water when mustering (is an OH&S requirement on some properties)
  • 5 litre water bottle
  • Saddle bag (if horses are used, or sometimes on motorbikes)
  • Hobble belt (if horses are used)
  • Basic personal first aid kit with Panadol, Band aids etc.
  • Phone card (can organise these on the internet and recharge with a credit card)
  • Pegs and washing powder

Optional Equipment

  • Mozzie dome (depending on how often you camp out and how bad the mozzies get)
  • Laptop, iPod, other personal electrical items, may depend on the power supply available
  • Books, magazines, paper to write letters
  • Basic sewing kit (might be able to patch a shirt or jeans and get a few extra weeks out of them)
  • Helmet (motorbike or horse, having your own is not essential but is more comfortable)


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